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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 12  |  Page : 72--81

Non-microsurgical breast reconstruction

Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY 10016, USA

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Sheel Sharma
Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, New York University Medical Center, New York University School of Medicine, 560 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016
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Breast reconstruction after mastectomy should aim at resulting in an aesthetic outcome that matches the patient's expectations and without interfering in the oncologic treatment. Whether the reconstruction is performed immediately or in a delayed fashion depends on various factors, which needs detailed attention. Autologous tissue, implants or both are used in the reconstruction. This article reviews the current concepts in these, with emphasis on non-microsurgical methods of using the autologous tissue for reconstruction. Breast conservation has become an accepted practice of treatment. Reconstruction in these situations as well as in an occasion when the surgery is done for failed breast conservation is discussed in detail. The article also reviews the various methods for nipple reconstruction available.


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