Why do you mark the patient standing up prior to Breast Reduction Surgery?
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Arun Rao Plastic Surgeon Tucson, Arizona
I guess ever since the pyramids were built, breasts have been marked in the upright position. So part of the answer is that that is the way we always do it. But the other side of the answer is that when the patient is lying down we also assess and adjust the markings a bit. Breast reduction marking is very important. Another twist on this is that in the upright position the breasts are stationery and comparable to each other. The surgeon can clearly measure from the sternal notch, and the 6 th rib, and the ziphoid angle and the middle of the arm. All this becomes vague and hard to compare when reclined. Then again another answer is that for all the above reasons, marking in the upright position is just better. I usually have the patient sit upright and not stand. I have seen surgeons take over an hour to mark breasts. This is fine. Most of us take 10 to 15 minutes at most. My best, Dr C
Why Plastic Surgeons Mark Their Patients in the Standing Position Prior to Surgery.
1. If marked in the supine position the breast fall to the side and this will give a distorted final determination of the new position of the nipple.
2. I prefer standing as opposed to sitting because I prefer the abdominal tissues (which are forced upward during sitting) to not effect the markings.
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Although, all pre surgical markings are important, I also take into consideration what effects gravity has on the part in question when you are lying on the table. As you know, breasts tend to fall on the sides of the chest when lying on your back. I have made certain that with the Ultimate Breast Reduction technique, breasts are not subject to the forces of gravity.
Plastic surgeons need to look at all aspects of esthetic improvement. This not only requires having an esthetic eye, but technical ability and know-how.
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