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09.11.2017 | Original Article | Ausgabe 2/2018

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2/2018

Use of the BREAST-Q™ Survey in the Prospective Evaluation of Reduction Mammaplasty Outcomes

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Aesthetic Plastic Surgery > Ausgabe 2/2018
Autoren:
Isaias Vieira Cabral, Edgard da Silva Garcia, Rebecca Neponucena Sobrinho, Natália Lana Larcher Pinto, Yara Juliano, Joel Veiga-Filho, Lydia Masako Ferreira, Daniela Francescato Veiga

Abstract

Introduction

BREAST-Q™ is a patient-reported outcomes survey instrument with a specific module that evaluates breast reduction surgery. It allows assessment of patient’s satisfaction with received treatment and evaluates the impact of surgery on different aspects of the patient’s quality of life. This article aims to assess the satisfaction and quality of life of patients who underwent reduction mammaplasty.

Materials and Methods

Women aged between 18 and 60 years, with a body mass index ranging from 19 to 30 kg/m2, who were already scheduled for reduction mammaplasty, were included in the study. The Brazilian version of the BREAST-Q™ Reduction/Mastopexy Module (preoperative 1.0 and postoperative 1.0 versions) was self-applied preoperatively and 1 and 6 months after the operation.

Results

One hundred and seven patients were included in the study and completed the 6-month follow-up. The median age was 33 years, and the median preoperative body mass index was 25 kg/m2. The superomedial pedicle was used in 96.3% of the cases, and the total median weight of the resected breast was 1115 g. There was a significant improvement in the scores of the scales: Psychosocial well-being, Sexual well-being, Physical well-being, and Satisfaction with the breasts compared to the preoperative assessment (p < 0.0001). The scales Satisfaction with the NAC and Satisfaction with the outcome, available only in the postoperative version, demonstrated high satisfaction rates at the two postoperative periods evaluated.

Conclusion

Reduction mammaplasty improved the quality of life and provided high levels of patient satisfaction with outcomes 1 and 6 months postoperatively.

Level of Evidence IV

This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of these Evidence-Based Medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors www.​springer.​com/​00266.

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