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01.06.2014 | Original Article | Ausgabe 3/2014

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 3/2014

Axillary Endoscopic Subglandular Tunneling Approach for Types 2 and 3 Dual-Plane Breast Augmentation

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Aesthetic Plastic Surgery > Ausgabe 3/2014
Autoren:
Soo Hyang Lee, Won June Yoon
Wichtige Hinweise
Presented at the 28th Congress of The Korean Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Seoul, Republic of Korea, 28 March 2010.

Abstract

Background

Dual-plane techniques offer excellent pocket locations for breast augmentation. Traditional techniques require incisions in the inframammary or periareolar crease, which are rarely accepted in the authors’ department because of visible scars on the breast. Therefore, the authors developed a transaxillary approach for dual-plane procedures using an endoscope.

Methods

During a period of 36 months between April 2009 and March 2012, 89 consecutive patients with small breasts were treated surgically. They underwent transaxillary types 2 or 3 dual-plane breast augmentation as outpatients. For the axillary endoscopic subglandular tunneling approach (AESTA), a long subglandular tunnel was created along the lateral portion of the pectoralis major muscle to reach the nipple–areolar complex. The type 2 dual-plane technique was applied in 67 patients, and the type 3 technique was used in 22 patients.

Results

The mean age of the patients was 37.5 years (range 31–48 years), and the mean postoperative follow-up period was 11 months (range 7–42 months). Good surgical outcomes were obtained, and the procedure was reproducible.

Conclusions

The use of AESTA allowed the authors to achieve types 2 and 3 dual-plane breast augmentation through a transaxillary incision. They believe that AESTA can yield constant and satisfactory outcomes similar to the inframammary and periareolar approaches.

Level of Evidence V

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