The forked liposuction cannula: A novel approach to the correction of cicatricial contracture deformities in breast reconstruction

Adeyiza O. Momoh, Salih Colakoglu, Catherine De Blacam, Michael S. Curtis, Bernard T. Lee

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Abstract

Cicatricial contracture deformities in breast reconstruction can result from delayed wound healing, fat necrosis, or chest wall radiation. Secondary revision can be difficult as these contour deformities compromise the final result. The authors describe correction of these scar deformities with a forked liposuction cannula in 38 breast reconstructions (32 patients). Mean follow-up time was 6 months, and no complications resulted from the use of the forked cannula. In 33 reconstructions (86.8%), autologous fat grafting was performed simultaneously. Multiple revisions were required in 8 reconstructions (23.7%). Three patients had a residual contracture after treatment; all 3 had a history of radiation therapy. This early experience demonstrates that use of a forked liposuction cannula for cicatricial breast deformities is both easy and safe. This technique can be a useful adjunct, especially in patients undergoing autologous fat grafting; however, residual contracture may be observed in patients with a history of radiation therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-259
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of plastic surgery
Volume69
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • adhesiolysis
  • breast reconstruction
  • contour deformity
  • forked liposuction cannula
  • revision
  • scar release

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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