Semin Plast Surg 2004; 18(3): 211-224
DOI: 10.1055/s-2004-831908
Copyright © 2004 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001 USA.

Vertical Breast Reduction

Elizabeth J. Hall-Findlay1
  • 1Private Practice, Banff, Alberta, Canada
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Publication Date:
19 August 2004 (online)

The vertical approach to breast reduction surgery has achieved increasing popularity. The learning curve can be a problem for surgeons starting to incorporate vertical techniques into their practices; the medial pedicle approach is outlined in detail. Designing and creating the medial pedicle is straightforward and rotating it into position is easy. An elegant curve to the lower pole of the reduced breast can thus be created. Current concepts related to the skin brassiere, breast sutures, and the longevity of results are reviewed. It is important for the surgeon to understand that the skin resection pattern and the pedicle design are separate issues when discussing breast reduction surgery.


Elizabeth J Hall-Findlay, M.D. , F.R.C.S.C. 

Plastic Surgery, P.O. Box 2009, 317 Banff Avenue

Suite 340 Cascade Plaza, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1B7