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Br J Plast Surg. 1998 Sep;51(6):444-9.

A comparison of the patient and surgeon opinion on the long-term aesthetic outcome of reduction mammaplasty.

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  • 1Department of Plastic Surgery, West Norwich Hospital, UK.


The aim of this study was to assess the difference in opinion between patients and surgeons regarding the aesthetic outcome of reduction mammaplasty. A total of 34 women, who were more than 1 year post surgery, attended an outpatient clinic to assess their opinion of the aesthetic outcome of their breast reduction. A questionnaire was used to standardise their responses. Photographic slides were taken to record the frontal, left oblique and recumbent view of their torso. These slides were assessed by four consultant plastic surgeons who completed the same questionnaire, and were blinded as to the surgeon and patient. The majority of patients rated the aesthetic outcomes of their surgery significantly higher than the consultants. Scarring was the most frequent cause of dissatisfaction for both surgeons and patients. The consultants considered the scarring following Lejour reduction to be significantly better than that following the inferior mound reduction. The nipple was considered to be too high on the breast by 12% of women but they did not request correction of this. However, consultants thought this was a problem in 27% of cases. The aesthetic outcome of reduction mammaplasty was acceptable to the patients although surgical assessment indicates that there is scope for improvement. The main area of aesthetic dissatisfaction remains the postoperative scarring.

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