The capsular hammock flap for correction of breast implant ptosis

Louis Wessels, Siun Murphy*, Steven Merten

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    A well-defined inframammary fold (IMF) is essential in providing an aesthetically pleasing and stable result in breast procedures. The position of the IMF on the chest wall determines the "footprint" of the breast, and hence the breast and chest aesthetic as a whole. Implant malposition is reported in the literature to occur in 5-8 % of primary breast augmentation patients. This occurs most commonly in a caudal direction, which is the most difficult problem to correct, as reported by Tebbett (Clin Plast Surg 28:425-434, 2001). Numerous surgical techniques to correct the malpositioned IMF have been described, including periosteal anchorage techniques as reported by Persichetti et al. (Ann Plast Surg 70:636-638, 2013), periareolar approaches that secure the IMF to the rib cage, and superiorly based capsular flaps. Here we describe a novel simple capsular flap technique using the lower anterior capsule, which is divided and formed into an inferiorly based flap and used as a "hammock" to re-establish the IMF and support the implant. As the capsule is made of a compact fibrous shell with a dense collagen network and excellent blood supply, using it as a flap to reposition and maintain the implant is ideal. Previous studies and tests have shown the reliability of capsule-based flap reconstruction due to the capsule's intrinsic strength and good vascularity, as shown by Rubino et al. (Ann Plast Surg 46:95-102, 2001). We describe our series of 12 primary breast augmentation patients with caudal implant malposition who underwent IMF reconstruction and implant repositioning with this technique. We explain our simple and repeatable technique that shows a stable and very durable result in repositioning the IMF and implant, with no recurrence of implant ptosis. Level of Evidence V: This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of these Evidence-Based Medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)354-357
    Number of pages4
    JournalAesthetic Plastic Surgery
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


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