Outcomes of Breast Reduction Surgery Using the BREAST-Q

A Prospective Study and Comparison With Normative Data

Tamara A. Crittenden, B.Sc.(Hons.); David I. Watson, M.D., Ph.D.; Julie Ratcliffe, Ph.D., M.Sc.; Philip A. Griffin, M.B.B.S.; Nicola R. Dean, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D.


Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019;144(5):1034-1044. 

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Breast reduction surgery significantly improves the breast-related satisfaction and health-related quality of life in women. Women with breast hypertrophy presenting for reduction mammaplasty have a significant health burden and reduced quality of life, which is significantly improved following surgery to levels of the general population. This study provides strong evidence to support the health benefits and clinical effectiveness of breast reduction surgery and establishes that indications for surgery should not be restricted to women who meet traditional insurance coverage based on body mass index or a minimum resection. This study also confirms that normative data may differ between populations and highlights the importance of using country-specific normative data wherever possible for the accurate interpretation of health-related quality-of-life scores in the clinical setting.