Background: Secondary aesthetic breast surgery is a complex and challenging scenario. It requires the surgeon to identify contributing factors, provide patient education, make a further management plan, and optimize the conditions for a favorable result. Various techniques have been described in literature but the rate of reoperation is still high. The first author has been using a supero-anterior capsular flap with a neopectoral subcapsular pocket and an implant change in these cases.
Objectives: To review the patient characteristics, indications, and early results of using part of the existing implant capsule for secondary subpectoral breast augmentations.
Methods: All patients who underwent secondary breast augmentation, over a period of 2 years by the first author (P.M.), using the supero-anterior capsular flap technique were included. The technique involves dissection of a new subpectoral pocket and uses the existing implant capsule as an internal brassiere.
Results: A total of 36 patients were operated by this technique. Of these, 17 patients had developed a complication while 19 patients wanted a change in size only. At a mean follow up of 10.2 months, there was no bottoming out, double bubble, or capsular contracture.
Conclusions: This reliable technique provides stable results as shown by low rate of complications with the existing follow up.
Level of Evidence 4:
- Breast Implantation/adverse effects
- Breast Implants/adverse effects
- Breast Neoplasms/surgery
- Collagen/therapeutic use
- Middle Aged
- Retrospective Studies
- Surgical Flaps/transplantation
- Tissue Scaffolds
- Treatment Outcome