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J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2016 Apr;69(4):482-6. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2015.11.011. Epub 2015 Nov 25.

Impact of increasing age on breast reduction surgery: A single centre analysis.

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1
Department of Plastic Surgery, Medical Center - University of Freiburg, Hugstetter Str. 55, 79106 Freiburg, Germany. Electronic address: david.braig@uniklinik-freiburg.de.
2
Department of Plastic Surgery, Medical Center - University of Freiburg, Hugstetter Str. 55, 79106 Freiburg, Germany.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Women with hypertrophic breasts suffer for physical and psychological reasons. Breast reduction surgery is a safe procedure that can effectively improve symptoms and quality of life. As most studies have been performed in younger women, little is known about complications and long-term patient satisfaction in elderly women.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

We analysed complication rates and patient satisfaction in women aged 60 years and older who underwent a bilateral reduction mammaplasty. Patient satisfaction was measured with a validated questionnaire (client satisfaction questionnaire (CSQ)-8). The results obtained were compared to those of a control group including women aged 35 years and younger.

RESULTS:

Twenty-five women met the inclusion criteria in each group. The mean age in the elderly and young was 65.4 and 23.4 years, respectively. Older women had more comorbidities (35 vs. 9, p < 0.05). The average overall resection weight was 1684.4 g with slightly lower resection weights in younger women (1541 vs. 1828 g; p = 0.34). Eight women in the young group and 11 in the elderly developed minor complications (p = 0.56). Two women in the young group had major complications. Patient satisfaction was significantly higher in older women, with a mean score of 27.3 in the young and 30.3 in the elderly (maximum score of CSQ-8: 32, p < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Age is not a contraindication for reduction mammaplasty. Breast reduction surgery is a safe procedure in elderly women and leads to even higher patient satisfaction. Level of evidence: IV.

KEYWORDS:

Breast reduction surgery; Elderly women; Increasing age; Reduction mammaplasty; Reduction mammoplasty

PMID:
26712390
DOI:
10.1016/j.bjps.2015.11.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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