Background: Despite the increasing popularity of the combined augmentation mastopexy procedure among patients, the safety and efficacy of this surgery have been questioned by many surgeons.
Objective: The authors investigated the safety and efficacy of the combined augmentation mastopexy procedure.
Methods: The authors retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 615 consecutive patients who underwent combined augmentation mastopexy procedures at a single outpatient surgery center from 1992 through 2011. Patient demographics, operative and implant details, and long-term outcomes were analyzed. Rates of complications and revisions were calculated.
Results: The most common complications were poor scarring (5.7%), wound-healing problems (2.9%), and deflation of saline implants (2.4%). Of the 615 patients evaluated, 104 (16.9%) elected to undergo revision surgery: 54 revision procedures were secondary to implant-related complications, and 50 were secondary to tissue-related complications. Our data compare favorably with previously reported revision rates for breast augmentation alone and mastopexy alone.
Conclusions: With a skilled surgeon and proper patient selection, the combined augmentation mastopexy procedure can be safe and effective.
Level of evidence: 4.
Keywords: breast augmentation; breast lift; implants; mastopexy; revision surgery; secondary surgery; simultaneous augmentation mastopexy.
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