The Prepectoral, Hybrid Breast Reconstruction

Filip B. J. L. Stillaert, Bernd Lannau, Koenraad Van Landuyt, Phillip N. Blondeel
2020 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Global Open  
Breast reconstruction modalities are based on autologous tissue transfer, implants, or a combination of both. The aim of an allogeneic breast reconstruction is to minimize the impact of the implant on surrounding tissues to achieve an aesthetically pleasing result. Accurate tissue coverage, proper implant selection, and implant location are the absolute concerns in planning an implantbased reconstruction. Methods: A single surgeon's experience with the ergonomic, hybrid approach in primary and
more » ... econdary breast reconstructions is presented. The hybrid approach is based on tissue expansion followed by serial sessions of fat grafting to augment the residual autologous (subcutaneous) compartment. The last step included the insertion of a prepectoral, ergonomic implant to obtain central core projection and additional volume. Results: Fifty-six hybrid breast reconstructions were performed with a mean followup of 24.1 months. Aesthetic outcomes and patient satisfaction have been good with pleasing breast projection, natural breast motion, and optimal coverage of the prepectoral implants. Conclusions: The hybrid reconstructive approach is a reliable technique to improve the outcomes in implant-based breast reconstructions. The 2-step, prepectoral approach with expander-to-implant exchange allows better control of the final breast shape, and complications related to submuscular approaches are avoided. Fat grafting adds an autologous benefit to obtain natural results. (Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open
doi:10.1097/gox.0000000000002966 fatcat:7vhoauw64vahvp66fjjuwa6ory