Arch Aesthetic Plast Surg.  2019 Jul;25(3):128-130. 10.14730/aaps.2019.01704.

Thermoplastic nipple splint: A simple method of maintaining nipple projection

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  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. ohdeuk1234@hanmail.net

Abstract

Maintaining projection of the reconstructed nipple is important for achieving natural and aesthetically appealing outcomes in breast reconstruction. Although various methods of avoiding mechanical force on the reconstructed nipple have been developed, the existing methods are inconvenient, crude, non-reusable, and difficult to clean or adjust. In the present study, a simple method of creating a nipple splint using a thermoplastic material is described. This splint can be easily manipulated, washed, and reused, and it is comfortable to wear for long-term use without any complications and convenient for the patient to apply.

Keyword

Casts, surgical; Nipples; Splints; Thermoplastics

MeSH Terms

Casts, Surgical
Female
Humans
Mammaplasty
Methods*
Nipples*
Splints*
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