Virtual Conference
 Hiba El Hajj

Hiba El Hajj

L'Institut Du Sein, Lebanon

Title: Avoiding post mastectomy lateral “Dog Ears” by an L incision and lipoaspiration: The Paris Breast Center technique


Lateral dog ear after mastectomy in overweight or large breasted patients is a source for patient discomfort and is aesthetically unpleasing. Although many different techniques have been proposed, none of them had emerged as a standard. In 2012, the authors published their mastectomy technique based on an inverted L-scar incision and closure with a lateral skin flap advanced superomedially onto the chest wall. Authors sought to report their experience with this technique in patients with wide or large breasts operated with mastectomy without immediate breast reconstruction. As a refinement to their initial technique, they added lipoaspiration to the lateral chest wall.

A retrospective study identified 43 patients operated on using the L incision and lipoaspiration from January 2015 to January 2021. Patient and tumor characteristics, operative details, post-operative results, and complications were recorded. Patients were followed-up and assessed for arm motion restriction, lymphedema, and recurrence. 

The mean age was 68 years; the mean BMI was 29kg/m2. The mean follow-up was 27 months. The mean weight of the mastectomy specimen was 1009 g and the mean aspirated volume in the lateral chest wall was 450 mL. One patient had a hematoma, four patients had seroma, and one patient developed a minor wound dehiscence. No skin necrosis or arm movement restriction were observed. Two patients developed mild lymphedema. Three patients underwent delayed breast reconstruction.

The proposed technique is a safe and effective method to avoid lateral dog deformity after mastectomy, achieving both functional and cosmetic outcomes.


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