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Plast Reconstr Surg. 1996 Sep;98(3):451-4.

Outcome analysis of reduction mammaplasty.

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Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA.


In an attempt to obtain objective analysis of outcome in reduction mammaplasty patients, a retrospective study was done for women having elective bilateral reduction mammaplasty. Participants were chosen from a pool of over 200 consecutive reduction mammaplasty patients at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Of those eligible for inclusion, 72 met the criteria and were available for long-term follow-up. These patients answered a panel of questions regarding weight change, brassiere size, exercise, activity level, symptoms, and a personal appraisal of appearance. Statistical analysis was done to evaluate the change in each variable in relationship to the time of surgery, i.e., before surgery, 6 months after surgery, and at the present time. The findings revealed a significant stable reduction of breast mass. The women reported a significant reduction of symptoms that had been associated with their macromastia. They also reported a significant increase in exercise and other physical and social activities.

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