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Minerva Chirurgica 2005 April;60(2):91-8

language: Italian

New view in the mammary asymmetry treatments

Cervelli V., Araco F., Araco A., Grimaldi M., Cervelli


Aim. Breast asymmetry is a huge chapter of breast abnormalities. Surgical therapy is the exclusive one. The breast of women can vary in shape, volume and position, thus creating esthetic, social and psychological problems.
Methods. We classified breast asymmetry into 6 categories and then we treated them with different surgical techniques: reduction mammaplasty according to Planas; augmentation mammaplasty with prosthesis; grafts or both; ultimately mammaprosthesis (association of mastopessy and prosthesis). We obtained satisfactory esthetic results often with one surgery procedure. Rarely we performed 2 or more procedures of symmetry. We treated 77 patients suffering from breast asymmetry. We excluded in this study the gigantomastic asymmetry (anomaly determined by severe and asymmetric mammary hypertrophy).
Results. We found a low number of complications at short and long term. These results are likely due to the ability of the surgeon in the appropriated preoperative evaluation of the patients and of their expectancy and correct surgical techniques.
Conclusion. We tried to obtain 3 results: shape and position of the sick breast as same as possible to the contralateral breast and less evident scars located in hidden regions.

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