After reviewing the article, the participant should be able to: 1. Understand the tenets of proper patient selection. 2. Be familiar with the assessment of patients for augmentation-mastopexy. 3. Be able to plan an operative approach and execute the critical steps. 4. Be able to recognize common complications and have a basic understanding of their management. 5. Be aware of emerging adjunctive techniques and technologies with respect to augmentation-mastopexy.
Despite being a multivariable and complex procedure, augmentation-mastopexy remains a central and pivotal component of the treatment algorithm for ptotic and deflated breasts among plastic surgeons. Careful preoperative planning, combined with proper selection of approach and implant, can lead to success. Physicians need to understand that there is a high frequency of reoperation cited in the literature with regard to this procedure, and discussions before the initial operation can help alleviate common misunderstandings and challenges inherent in this operation.