Technical considerations in nonreconstructive mastectomy patients.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Not all women undergo post-mastectomy breast reconstruction due to medical comorbidities or personal preference. An aesthetically pleasing closure and contour of the chest wall is still desired, though may be technically difficult to achieve in some patients. By combining techniques and lessons learned from breast reductions and female-to-male mastectomies (FTTM), we present a technical approach to aesthetic primary closure post-mastectomy that can be utilized in patients regardless of preoperative breast size. METHODS: After mastectomy, excess cranial/caudal tissue is determined and the lower flap is de-epithelialized to allow for bulk in the reconstructed breast. Excess tissue in the horizontal plane is assessed, and axillary, nonbreast tissue is medialized. Excess skin in the horizontal plane is removed with a small lateral incision similar to a wise-pattern closure. RESULTS: We have performed this technique with good aesthetic results and satisfied patients postoperatively. CONCLUSION: When performing post-mastectomy closure without reconstruction, attention to tissue excess, medialization of axillary tissue and providing bulk with lateral and caudal tissue allows for an easy, reproducible, and aesthetic closure.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Djohan, M; Knackstedt, R; Leavitt, T; Djohan, R; Grobmyer, S

Published Date

  • April 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 702 - 704

PubMed ID

  • 31578792

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1524-4741

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/tbj.13641


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States