Breast Reduction Mammaplasty Benefits of Surgery
A number of recent studies have shown that large breasts interfere with a woman's physical and emotional health.
- Limitations in performing normal physical activities such as bathing or dressing from enlarged breasts.
- Difficulties with work due to large breasts.
- Pain limiting daily function from massive breasts.
- General health concerns amplified
- Feeling tired and worn out
- Interfering with social function
- Emotional problems
- Feeling depressed and nervous
These studies also show breast reduction surgery can improve the quality of life, physical and psychosocial issues.
Ann Plast Surg 2000 DEC;45(6):575-80
Behmand RA, Tang DH, Smith DJ
Outcomes in Breast Reduction Surgery
Confirmed that breast reduction surgery alleviated symptoms associated with large breasts (macromastia) and restored normal physical and emotional functioning.
Read more about Breast Reduction In the Medical Literature (Links go to the National Library of Medicine. Articles are written for medical personnel):
Reconstr Surg 2000 Oct;106(5):991-7
Reduction mammaplasty provides long-term improvement in health status and quality of life.
Blomqvist L, Eriksson A, Brandberg Y
Department of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
Found that reduction mammaplasty surgery improved the quality of life for patients.
Reconstr Surg 1999 Jan;103(1):76-82; discussion 83-5
A retrospective study of changes in physical symptoms and body image after reduction mammaplasty.
Glatt BS, Sarwer dB, O'Hara DE, Hamori C, Bucky LP, LaRossa D
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, and Edwin and Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance, Philadelphia, USA.
Discusses the image dissatisfaction and maladaptive behavioral changes of women with macromastia (large breasts). Found that there was substantial improvement in body image and symptoms such as back, neck and shoulder pain, grooving from bra straps, poor posture, skin irritation, and social embarrassment. Improvement in symptom relief and a better body image did not depend on before surgery body weight and helped both obese and normal weight women.
J Plast Surg 2000 Oct;53(7):584-587
Outcome of reduction mammaplasty - a patients' perspective.
Brown AP, Hill C, Khan K
Northern Ireland Plastic and Maxillofacial Service, The Ulster Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Study shows patient satisfaction with breast reduction was high with major improvement in psychological well-being and physical benefits. All patients noted improvement with breast neck and back pain, under breast rash, and shoulder grooving.
Plast Surg 1995 Feb;34(2):113-6
Long-term functional results after reduction mammaplasty.
Raispis T, Zehring RD, Downey DL
Section of Plastic Surgery, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA 98111, USA.
Determined that reduction mammaplasty reduced neck and back pain and permitted more exercising after surgery.
Plast Surg 1995 Oct;35(4):337-41
Reduction mammaplasty: an outcome analysis.
Dabbah A, Lehman JA Jr, Parker MG, Tantri D, Wagner DS
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Akron, USA.
Studied patient satisfaction and symptom relief after breast reduction surgery. Most patients were happy or very happy with their results and would recommend the surgery to their friends.
Reconstr Surg 1995 Oct;96(5):1106-10
Reduction mammaplasty: long-term efficacy, morbidity, and patient satisfaction.
Davis GM, Ringler SL, Short K, Sherrick D, Bengtson BP
Adobe Plastic Surgery, Tucson, Ariz. 85712, USA.
Despite minor complications, most would have breast reduction surgery again (93%) and would recommend it to others (94%). The most common reason for having the operation women stated was for relief of symptoms.