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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 220-223

Alternative nipple suspension technique in the treatment of inverted nipple: Reverse S-shaped design

Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Gaziosmanpasa University, Tokat, Turkey

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Dr. Umut Tuncel
Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Gaziosmanpasa University, Tokat - 601 00
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.150758

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The primary aim in the treatment of inverted nipple is to achieve a satisfactory and permanent projection of the nipple. The drawbacks of reported techniques include sensory disturbance of the nipple, marked scarring of the nipple and areola, destruction of breast function and incomplete correction. In the present study, the authors introduced a new modification of using two opposite nipple-based areolar dermal flap in the treatment of grades 2 and 3 inverted nipple cases. Nipple-based areolar flaps designed at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock were raised by two linear incisions and the tip of each flap was sutured on the base of the nipple close to the base itself in a reverse S shape at 6 and 12 o'clock. Successful outcome was obtained due to a strongly suspending effect of the design of the flaps. The mean follow-up period was 6 months. The patients were satisfied with the result and the scars were minimal. The authors recommend the use of the technique that is a simple, reliable and with minimal scars for correcting grades 2 and 3 inverted nipples.

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