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J Craniofac Surg. 2003 Sep;14(5):691-5.

Bilateral reduction mammoplasty in an adolescent population: adolescent bilateral reduction mammoplasty.

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Chidren's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Akron, OH 44302, USA.

Abstract

Bilateral reduction mammoplasty in adolescent patients can be a controversial procedure because of the significance of possible long-term complications and the permanence of the results. There are no current criteria specifically for adolescent candidates for reduction surgery, although many of these young women may have severe physical symptoms. Therefore, the demographics and outcomes of these patients are of particular interest in determining the risks and benefits particular to this surgery for younger patients. Seventy-three patients who had undergone bilateral reduction mammoplasty between 1981 and 2000 were identified in the hospital and office records of four midwestern plastic surgeons. Patient ages ranged between 12.5 and 18.9 years, with a mean age of 16.1 years. A two-pronged investigation involved examination of demographics of the adolescent population and short- and long-term outcomes and satisfaction. Demographic survey included age, weight, height, BMI, breast size, and amount of tissue removed. Indications for surgery and postoperative complications were surveyed in office records and via questionnaire. Seventeen patients (23%) were successfully contacted and returned a detailed questionnaire evaluating indications for surgery, preoperative and postoperative complications, and overall satisfaction. Eighty-two percent of patients reported resolution of their physical symptoms, including back, shoulder, and neck pain. Self-esteem, however, was cited most commonly as a reason to recommend this procedure to other adolescent women. Nearly 65% of respondents would repeat their adolescent surgical experience, and 82.4% would recommend this procedure to a teenaged friend in a similar situation. The authors' data suggest that adolescent patients benefit significantly from reduction mammoplasty and that long-term satisfaction remains high, despite the age of the patients at surgery.

PMID:
14501330
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