Benefits of immediate dermoglandular preserving reconstruction following giant fibroadenoma excision in two patients

K. J. Chepla, B. S. Armijo, T. A. Ponsky, H. T. Soltanian

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Giant fibroadenoma is a rare, benign stromal tumor that typically occurs in adolescent women. This rapidly-growing tumor can result in a significant aesthetic and psychosocial morbidity due to gross asymmetry changes in the overlying skin envelope and concerns about malignancy. On initial work-up this lesion must be differentiated from other rare primary breast tumors, including phyllodes tumor, or metastatic disease. Appropriate treatment of giant fibroadenoma requires surgical excision; however, many surgeons are reluctant to perform a concomitant mastopexy or reconstruction at the time of tumor extirpation. This conservative approach results in a loose, ptotic, aesthetically displeasing breast postoperatively. While some degree of skin retraction is expected, patients may have to wait for up to a year to see final results, and further surgical correction may still be required. It is unknown whether these surgeons are not familiar with these techniques or hesitate to increase the amount of scarring on the breast mound of a young female. Using an immediate dermoglandular preserving mastopexy after giant fibroadenoma excision, we have decreased postoperative breast ptosis, removed much of the lax, poor-quality skin and achieved stable, long-term results in two patients. This technique improves the immediate aesthetic outcome, reduces the psychosocial comorbidity associated with waiting for skin retraction and decreases the likelihood of a second surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e244-e247
JournalJournal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Breast
  • Fibroadenoma
  • Giant
  • Immediate
  • Reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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