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imageSimultaneous augmentation-mastopexy can achieve excellent patient and surgeon satisfaction but continues to pose a challenge, with revision rates of up to 25%. Recurrent ptosis and poor overall breast shape are 2 common reasons for reoperation, whereas some of the most feared complications is breast implant exposure, infection, and loss secondary to wound breakdown; excessively large implants or too much tension during closure are possible contributing factors. We describe a technique for augmentation-mastopexy combining a muscle-splitting pocket for implant placement along with an inferior flap, which helps secure the implant in place and provides coverage in case of wound dehiscence. A retrospective chart review was performed (January 2015 to December 2017) of women who underwent augmentation-mastopexy with round, textured silicone gel implants using a muscle-splitting technique combined with an inferior de-epithelialized dermoglandular flap. A total of 118 patients (236 breasts) were operated on. Mean follow-up was 13 months (10–42 months). Mean patient age was 33.3 years (24–55 years). Mean operative time was 102.9 minutes (80–135 minutes), and implant size ranged from 175 to 350 mL (mode, 275 mL). There were no cases of implant extrusion, nipple-areola complex ischemia, or surgical site infection; however, 1 patient required revision surgery for implant malposition, and 2 had a postoperative hematoma. In summary, the technique we describe combines 2 established mammaplasty techniques, ensuring upper pole fullness with good cleavage, implant protection in case of wound breakdown, and good patient satisfaction as evidenced by a low revision rate and minimal complications.
Level of Evidence
IV, therapeutic. Evidence obtained from multiple time series with or without the intervention, such as case studies.

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