Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 69–76 | Cite as

Reduction mammaplasty by central pedicle flap with short submammary scar

  • Keuk Shun Shin
  • Seum Chung
  • Hye Kyung Lee
  • Jae Duk Lew


Reduction mammaplasty was performed in 30 patients by combining the central pedicle flap method with the short submammary scar (3-S) technique to avoid the common drawbacks of currently popular dermoglandular procedures. Reduction was accomplished by using perforating vascular branches from the pectoralis major muscle and its fascia supplying the nipple and breast parenchyme instead of the subdermal plexus. The central vascular pedicle supplying the nipple-areola complex was preserved. Only the periphery of the breast parenchyme was resected circumferentially, with the exception of the inferolateral portion, so as not to injure the sensory nerve. The remaining breast parenchyme was preserved in an inverted cone shape. The nipple-areola complex was safely transposed with great freedom, and the amount of resection was accurately adjusted for symmetry. No cases of nipple-areola complex sensory change occurred postoperatively, and lactation is possible because of preservation of the lactiferous ducts. The length of postoperative scars was reduced by using the short submammary scar technique. We believe this combined method is ideal in patients requiring resections ranging from 200 to 600 g per breast with good skin elasticity and moderate degree of ptosis.

Key words

Central pedicle Short submammary scar Sensory preservation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keuk Shun Shin
    • 1
  • Seum Chung
    • 1
  • Hye Kyung Lee
    • 1
  • Jae Duk Lew
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryYonsei University College of Medicine, Severance HospitalSeoulSouth Korea

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