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How happy are patients with their gynaecomastia reduction surgery?

Ridha H, et al. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2009.


Gynaecomastia reduction surgery is a common male cosmetic procedure. Our clinical experience suggested far lower rates of satisfaction than previously reported. Therefore we evaluated our patient group using a detailed questionnaire designed specifically to assess patient satisfaction with breast attributes and quality-of-life outcome following surgery. The questionnaire was sent to all patients who had surgery for gynaecomastia between January 2000 to January 2006. A total of 74 of the 120 patients contacted returned the questionnaire (62% overall response rate). The patients were divided into 3 groups according to their surgical treatment; liposuction only, excision only and combined excision plus liposuction. The majority of patients underwent surgery for reasons of self-confidence and emotional distress. In all groups surgery resulted in an increase in the mean Likert score (LS). The overall mean LS, combined from all the questions increased from 1.9 ('dissatisfied') to 3.2 ('neither satisfied nor dissatisfied'). Only 62.5% of all patients treated for gynaecomastia were 'satisfied' to 'very satisfied'. This more detailed study has shown that satisfaction rates are not as high as previously published. Patients must be appropriately counselled preoperatively to ensure they have realistic expectations of what can be achieved with surgery.

(c) 2008 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


18760987 [Indexed for MEDLINE]

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