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Septum-Based Mammaplasty: A Surgical Technique Based on Würinger's Septum for Breast Reduction

Hamdi, Moustapha M.D., Ph.D.; Van Landuyt, Koenraad M.D., Ph.D.; Tonnard, Patrick M.D.; Verpaele, Alex M.D.; Monstrey, Stan M.D., Ph.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: February 2009 - Volume 123 - Issue 2 - p 443-454
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318196b852
Breast: Original Articles

Background: During the past 7 years, the senior author (M.H.) has been performing septum-based mammaplasty. The aim of this article is to report the safety and ease of breast shaping by using this technique.

Methods: A series of 110 consecutive patients underwent septum-based breast reduction performed by a single surgeon. This technique uses a lateral or medial pedicle based on Würinger's horizontal septum, which carries the main nerve supply to the nipple in addition to intercostal perforators.

Results: Mean nipple-to-sternal notch distance was 33 cm (range, 22 to 45 cm). Mean resection was 658 g (range, 160 to 1980 g). Nipple elevation was 9 cm on average (range, 3 to 17 cm). A retroareolar hematoma occurred in three breasts. Total areola necrosis occurred in one breast (0.5 percent) as a result of an infection in a diabetic patient. Limited wound dehiscence occurred in 15 breasts (7.7 percent). A secondary scar revision was needed in 10 patients (9 percent). One patient required a revision.

Conclusions: Based on a well-vascularized and constant anatomical septum, a septum-based pedicle is safe, even in large breasts. This technique is safe and demonstrates ease of pedicle shaping and breast remodeling in patients undergoing reduction mammaplasty.


Gent, Belgium

From the Plastic Surgery Department, Ghent University Hospital, and the Coupure Centrum for Plastic Surgery.

Received for publication January 9, 2008; accepted August 18, 2008.

Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in New York, New York, April 19 through 24, 2007.

Disclosure: None of the authors has a financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article.

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Moustapha Hamdi, M.D., Ph.D., Gent University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Gent, Belgium,

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