Semin Plast Surg 2002; 16(1): 077-092
DOI: 10.1055/s-2002-22683
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Contralateral Breast Management in Breast Reconstruction

William L. Murillo
  • Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, and Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans, LA
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22 March 2002 (online)


The guidelines for contralateral breast management in breast reconstruction are not too dissimilar from those used in current mammaplasty. However, a judicious perception of the shape of the mammary gland, an analysis of its alterations, and a comparison of them with those of the reconstructed breast are necessary to choose a procedure that will achieve a symmetric, esthetically pleasing appearance. This article presents a technique that combines a number of existing procedures for breast lifting and reduction. It provides a sequence of steps that will help the reader handle reduction and lifting in breast surgery in a manner that will create a pleasing, long-term appearance.