Areolar scar in mammaplasty without loss of peripheral pigment shading


The authors present a new approach to the position of scars in mammaplasty. The skin to be resected from the areola is marked in such a fashion that the shaded transition between the areola itself and the breast skin is maintained. When reduction of the areola is necessary, the resection is performed within the areola and not peripherally. Good results have been obtained in 14 patients. The final scar, positioned outwith areola, is better camouflaged than an abrupt transition between the deeply pigmented skin of the areola and the less pigmented skin of the breast.

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Correspondence to A. Marques.

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This work was performed at Hospital Alemao Osvaldo Cruz, São Paulo, Brazil

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Marques, A., Brenda, E. & Pereira, M.D. Areolar scar in mammaplasty without loss of peripheral pigment shading. Eur J Plast Surg 19, 109–111 (1996).

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Key words

  • Breast surgery
  • Areolar reduction
  • Scars