Areola Marker for Vertical Mammoplasty


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FIG. 1. The areola marker, manufactured by Padgett Instruments, Inc.

FIG. 2. The original prototype, created by the author, being used on a patient.



Limited-scar breast reduction, also known as vertical breast reduction, is rapidly gaining popularity and acceptance in the United States. One of the most difficult aspects of this type of procedure is correct pattern marking, usually done freehand by the surgeon. The superior portion of the markings, the so-called mosque pattern, seems to be the most challenging. I have designed a pattern for an areola marker that makes this process significantly easier and predictable (Figs. 1 and 2). In the last few years I have experimented with various types of patterns including ones using x-ray paper, silicone sheeting, and even large gauge wire. I have found that the wire pattern was easiest to use and quite versatile for a wide range of breast shapes and sizes.

The technique is rather simple: first, the two vertical markings are placed on the breast, using the surgeon's preferred method. Next, the superior aspect of the new areola position is marked, usually in reference to the inframammary fold. At this time, the areola marker pattern is used, either 16-cm circumference or 14-cm circumference for breast lift and smaller reductions. The limbs of the marker are adjusted to meet the vertical markings appropriately. This method obviates the typical freehand method for marking the most difficult part. This pattern is manufactured by Padgett Instruments, Inc., Kansas City, Mo.

Disclaimer: The author is receiving royalties from Padgett Instruments, Inc.

Boris M. Ackerman, M.D. 360 San Miguel Drive, Suite 607 Newport Beach, Calif., 92660


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