An oncoplastic technique to reduce the formation of lateral 'dog-ears' after mastectomy
- Haresh Devalia†1,
- Anushka Chaudhry†1,
- Richard M Rainsbury†2,
- Neda Minakaran†1 and
- Dibyesh Banerjee1Email author
© Devalia et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2007
Received: 07 October 2007
Accepted: 17 December 2007
Published: 17 December 2007
Lateral skin folds or 'dog-ears' are frequent following mastectomy, particularly in patients with large body habitus.
We describe a method of modifying the mastectomy incision and suturing to eliminate these lateral 'dog-ears'.
This surgical technique, as compared to others described in the literature, is simple, does not require additional incisions and is cosmetically acceptable to the patient.
Cosmetically sub-optimal lateral skin-folds or 'dog-ears' are frequent following mastectomy. Skin closure can be particularly challenging in patients with large body habitus. The resultant lateral 'dog-ears' tend to hang over the top of the brassiere which can be a nuisance. We illustrate an oncoplastic technique used to eliminate lateral 'dog-ears'.
The technique described can be used in oncoplastic surgery to improve cosmetic outcome.
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