Aesthetic subunit of the breast: An analysis of women's preference and clinical implications

Steven H. Bailey, Michel Saint-Cyr, Georgette Oni, Munique Maia, Danielle Andry, Arash Shirvani, Viet Nguyen, Corrine Wong, Song Zhang, A. Marilyn Leitch, David Euhus, Roshni Rao, Rod Rohrich

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Patient satisfaction in breast surgery is dependent on achieving a balance among all aesthetic subunits. The purpose of this study is to identify which subunit of the breast women consider important and correlate this clinically to improve patient satisfaction following breast surgery.A total of 313 subjects (ages, 20ĝ€"80) were surveyed using a 25-point survey instrument collected via a telemedicine form. The data was analyzed to determine clinical significance.Of the subjects, 63% selected the upper inner quadrant as the most important subunit. Furthermore, 66% of the subjects indicated defects located in this region would lead them to seek operative intervention and this was consistent for all subgroups. Based on these results, defects in the upper inner quadrant of the breast are more likely to cause patient dissatisfaction. Patient outcomes following surgery can be enhanced by restoring volume and minimizing scars in this upper medial subunit of the breast.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-245
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of plastic surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • aesthetic subunit
  • breast reconstructive surgery
  • breast surgery
  • patient satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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