Accurate Nipple Areolar Positioning in Nipple-sparing Mastectomy Reconstruction

Mayer, Alexander P. MD; Goodreau, Adam M. MD; Blanchet, Nadia P. MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open: January 2019 – Volume 7 – Issue 1 – p e2064

SummaryNipple-sparing mastectomy continues to grow in popularity as oncologic indications for preserving the nipple areolar complex have become less stringent and more patients with genetic predispositions to breast cancer seek aesthetically superior prophylactic mastectomy reconstructions. Nonetheless, nipple malposition remains a common and disturbing complication. This article proposes several anatomic variations that predispose to nipple malposition and a strategy to avoid it through a reliable, easily reproducible method of preoperative marking and intraoperative stabilization.

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