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The Limited Scar Mastopexy: Current Concepts and Approaches to Correct Breast Ptosis

Rohrich, Rod J. M.D.; Thornton, James F. M.D.; Jakubietz, Rafael G. M.D.; Jakubietz, Michael G. M.D.; Grünert, Jörg G. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: November 2004 - Volume 114 - Issue 6 - p 1622-1630
doi: 10.1097/01.PRS.0000139062.20141.8C

The literature on short scar mastopexy was reviewed, with a focus on the different techniques. Currently four techniques have been described: the periareolar, the vertical, the inverted-T, and the L-shaped scar. The different techniques were evaluated with regard to patient selection, operative techniques, scar length, and complications. A large number of techniques have been published for minimal ptosis, whereas for significant ptosis, the number of surgical options is limited. It is evident that limited scar techniques can be applied to all grades of ptosis, but there is no one technique that can satisfactorily correct all degrees of ptosis. Plastic surgeons should weigh the advantages and limitations of each technique to correctly address breast ptosis. This article reviews an algorithmic approach to correct all degrees of ptosis with mastopexy.

Dallas, Texas; and Erlangen, Germany

From the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Received for publication August 7, 2002; revised July 2, 2003.

Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, HX1.636, Dallas, Texas 75390-8820,

©2004American Society of Plastic Surgeons