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Dana Egozi, Tanir M. Allwies, Ron Fishel, Eliran Jacobi, Moran Lemberger

Nipple sparing mastectomy is gaining popularity in recent years, as it provides superior aesthetic results and has a positive impact on the psychological well-being of patients. However, patients with macromastia and high grade ptosis are not good candidates for nipple sparing mastectomy due to a high risk for nipple necrosis; for these patients, the free nipple grafting (FNG) is an excellent option following autologous reconstruction. We herein present our experience with FNG for women with large and ptotic breasts undergoing mastectomy and autologous reconstruction. We also present the option of splitting a single nipple-areolar complex to provide 2 grafts for bilateral nipple reconstruction. This retrospective study is based on data collected between 2014 and 2019 at a single institution. We report on 7 patients (13 grafts): 5 patients underwent FNG (4 bilateral, 1 unilateral) and 2 patients had a single nipple split into 2 parts to create 2 nipple-areolar complexes. Of the 13 grafts, 9 had complete take, 3 had almost complete take, and only 1 graft was lost. Overall patient satisfaction from the procedure was high. The use of FNG is an excellent reconstructive option, as it preserves the patient’s own nipple in terms of color, shape, and texture. The procedure can be executed as part of a direct single-staged reconstruction for patients who are at a high risk for nipple necrosis.



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doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000003138