Marking the nipple-areola complex in reduction mammaplasty: the gallipot

Marking the nipple-areola complex in reduction mammaplasty: the gallipot Eur J Plast Surg (2003) 26:217–218 DOI 10.1007/s00238-003-0513-x LETTER T O THE EDIT OR A. T. Sillitoe · F. S. Fahmy Marking the nipple-areola complex in reduction mammaplasty: the gallipot Received: 16 August 2002 / Accepted: 31 March 2003 / Published online: 15 May 2003 © Springer-Verlag 2003 Dear Sir: A number of techniques with specially designed devices have previously been described for marking the future areola in reduction mammaplasty, the modified compass of Paloma et al. [3], the mosque-dome shaped wire coat- hanger of Kavka [2], and the cutout disc templates of Vogt et al. [4]. We present a simple, inexpensive and widely available device for marking the perfectly circu- lar areola perimeter: the humble gallipot. This standard container, present in all operating rooms, has on its un- dersurface a central point and a raised edge with a diam- eter of 5 cm producing a perimeter of 15.7 cm (2 πr), comparable with that recommended by Ackerman [1] and in keeping with Paloma’s maximum of 16 cm, to Fig. 1 Marking gallipot with ink avoid wrinkling the skin around the areola, “because this would leave an unsightly scar in the most visible place” [3]. Some surgeons may advocate European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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