Beijing — Researchers have published a study showing successful outcomes for the dermal bra technique for mammaplasty and ptosis correction.
Study investigators, from several universities and medical facilities across China, studied 347 patients who underwent the technique between October 2003 and October 2011. Of these, 213 were followed for three months to two years after the procedure.
Short-term complications — such as hematoma, delayed wound healing, fat necrosis, deep folds, necrosis and numbness of the nipple-areola complex — were observed in 7.9 percent of patients. Long-term complications included widened scar and enlarged areola, irregular areola, secondary ptosis, sunken nipple-areola complex, numbness, cyst and chronic infection. Long-term effects were observed in 6.6 percent of cases.
All complications, long- and short-term, were corrected, except for one case of nipple-areola complex numbness. Overall long-term satisfaction was 95.7 percent.
“Effective modifications have significantly improved the safety and efficacy of the dermal bra technique and have made it a mature approach for reduction mammaplasty and ptosis correction,” the authors concluded.
The study was published in the June issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
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