Does Time Affect Patient Satisfaction and Health-related Quality of Life After Reduction Mammoplasty?

Wess A. Cohen, MD; Peter Homel, PhD; Nima P. Patel, MD


ePlasty. 2016;16 

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Fifty-one patients underwent breast reduction surgery from June 2012 to January 2014. Of those, 27 patients completed the BREAST-Q at a minimum of 1 time point. Of those 27, 20 patients completed questionnaire at each time point: a 74% response rate. Patient demographics are shown in Table 1.

Mean BREAST-Q scores significantly improved from preoperative levels to less than 3 months postoperatively in mean satisfaction with breasts, 22 versus 74 (P < .001); mean psychosocial well-being, 33 versus 82 (P < .001); mean sexual well-being, 37 versus 79 (P < .001); and mean physical well-being, 38 versus 77 (P < .001). There was no significant difference in BREAST-Q scores between the postoperative time points in these measures (Fig 1).

Figure 1.

Mean change in BREAST-Q score over time.

Table 2 depicts BREAST-Q scores in the postoperative period alone. Time from surgery did not significantly affect satisfaction with outcome or satisfaction with nipples (Table 2).