W. Grant Stevens, MD, FACS Luis H. Macias, MD Michelle Spring, MDDavid A. Stoker, MD, FACS Carlos O. Chacón, MD, MBA Seth A. Eberlin, MD
Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 34, Issue 5, 1 July 2014, Pages 723–732
Published: 01 July 2014
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.
The authors investigated the safety and efficacy of the combined augmentation mastopexy procedure.
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.
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.
With a skilled surgeon and proper patient selection, the combined augmentation mastopexy procedure can be safe and effective.
Level of Evidence: 4