Study shows breast reduction surgery improves patient health

31 July 2013

92191276Breast reduction is now one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures – new research has also shown it is effective in improving patient health. A study, published in the August issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, shows breast reduction surgery can also benefit mental well-being. As well as happiness with the physical appearance of their breasts, women reported satisfaction with their psychosocial, sexual, and physical health following breast reduction.According to the study’s authors: “The improvement in physical activity, decrease in costly chronic medical complaints and improvement in overall quality of life indicated by this survey study validates insurance coverage for this procedure.” Participants were given a survey designed to evaluate the effectiveness of breast reduction surgery on a 100-point scale. The average score for psychosocial well-being following surgery was 84 – that is compared to 41 before. Average sexual well-being rose 38 points to 78 after surgery and physical well-being rose to 81 from 43. Women reported improvement in breast, neck, back, and shoulder pain, as well as better sleep and a greater ability to exercise.