The aim of this study was to assess nipple, areola and breast skin sensation after breast reductions with two different superior pedicle techniques: a short, vertical scar technique compared to a long, inverted-T scar technique. Thirty-six women with a vertical technique (group I) and ten women with an inverted-T technique (group II) with a resection weight of ≤500 g per breast completed their 1-year follow-up. The four modalities used to evaluate sensation were pressure with Semmes–Weinstein filaments, vibration with a vibrometer, and temperature and pain perception on a qualitative basis. The evaluation revealed that 1-year after breast reduction, the sensation was either reduced, unaltered, or improved in both groups. In the nipple, the mean sensation was markedly reduced throughout all qualities in both groups with the exception of pain, which was enhanced. In the areola, the mean sensation was also reduced in all qualities in both groups. In the quadrants of the skin, mean sensation was improved in terms of pressure and vibration in group I (8.3% normal pressure values preoperatively vs. 70% normal pressure values postoperatively) but reduced in the lower quadrant of the skin in group II with the inverted-T scar. This reduction of pressure was also significant ( p = 0.04) in comparison with group I. Apart from this difference between the two groups, this study showed that in breast reductions with a superior pedicle technique, the long-scar technique did not lead to a greater reduction of sensation in the nipple and areola than the short-scar technique.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 1, 2009
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