Breast Reconstruction- Developing a Volumetric Outcome Algorithm

Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2022 Aug;46(4):2078-2084. doi: 10.1007/s00266-021-02759-6. Epub 2022 Feb 7.


Postoperative loss of breast volume represents a significant parameter for outcome evaluation of breast reconstruction. Breast volume broadly varies- depending of reconstruction method as well as surgical differences. A structural pattern of breast volume loss provides an essential parameter for preoperative design, helps to reduce postoperative breast asymmetry rate and thereby the need for reoperation. Therefore we hereby compare volume change of the three main reconstruction techniques: autologous flap-based, prosthesis-based and autologous fat transplantation breast reconstruction. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE V: This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of these Evidence-Based Medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors .

Keywords: Autologous breast reconstruction; Breast; Breast surgery; Free flap.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Breast Neoplasms*
  • Esthetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammaplasty* / methods
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Assessment
  • Treatment Outcome