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Arch Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2017 Feb;23(1):45-48. English. Case Report.
Park JH , Wee SY , Jeong HG , Choi CY .
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Soonchunhyang Gumi Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Gumi, Korea.

BACKGROUND: Inverted nipples can pose aesthetic and functional problems, especially for young women. The objectives of inverted nipple correction are both sufficient aesthetic projection of the nipple and postoperative functional preservation of the lactiferous ducts. Recurrence of nipple inversion is still an unsolved problem in many cases. We present a new nipple suspension technique using nipple- and areola-based dermal flaps for correcting inverted nipples and preserving the lactiferous duct to minimize the risk of recurrence. METHODS: We corrected six inverted nipples in three patients, which were classified as grade II using the Han and Hong classification of nipple inversion. The anteroposterior and lateral medical-quality photographs of the respective patients were identified for nipple protrusion and recurrence during a 6-month follow-up period to evaluate aesthetical goal and assess the sensitivity of the nipple to confirm preservation of the main lactiferous ducts. Surgical details are described within the main text. RESULTS: Preoperative and postoperative photography revealed good nipple protrusion during the 6-month follow-up period without any complications such as skin necrosis and recurrence. We were unable to directly identify breast-feeding function because all three patients were young and unmarried women. However, we assumed preservation of the main lactiferous duct since no nipple sensory change was identified in the postoperative examination when compared with the preoperative examination. CONCLUSIONS: With this method, we were able to confirm the hardness of the column and minimize the injury of the main lactiferous duct.

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