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Understanding the effect of breast augmentation on quality of life: prospective analysis using the BREAST-Q.
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PMID:  24675184     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate patient satisfaction and quality of life with elective breast augmentation.
METHODS: Patients with bilateral submuscular breast augmentations prospectively completed the BREAST-Q preoperatively and 6 weeks and 6 months postoperatively; t tests compared preoperative and postoperative scores at 6 weeks and 6 months, and standard indicators of effect sizes were calculated. Logistic regression was used to evaluate the association between patient and surgical factors on satisfaction outcomes.
RESULTS: The study sample included 611 female patients with the following characteristics: (1) mean age of 33.5 years; (2) mean body mass index of 21.7; (3) and mean implant volume of 360; with (4) 73 percent having received a silicone implant. Significant improvements were found in patient satisfaction with breasts (p < 0.001), psychosocial well-being (p < 0.001), and sexual well-being (p < 0.001) at 6 weeks and 6 months postoperatively, and all were associated with a very large Kazis effect size of 3.66, 2.39, and 2.56 at 6 months, respectively. However, at both 6 weeks and 6 months postoperatively, physical well-being remained significantly below preoperative baseline scores. In addition, satisfaction with breasts and with the overall surgical experience was significantly lower among older patients (p = 0.01 and 0.02, respectively).
CONCLUSIONS: Breast augmentation is associated with high patient satisfaction and significant improvements in quality of life. However, physicians should inform patients that submuscular augmentations are associated with a delay in recovery of physical functioning and be aware that older patients may experience diminished satisfaction and should counsel accordingly.
Amy K Alderman; Joseph Bauer; Dean Fardo; Paul Abrahamse; Andrea Pusic
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Plastic and reconstructive surgery     Volume:  133     ISSN:  1529-4242     ISO Abbreviation:  Plast. Reconstr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-03-28     Completed Date:  2014-06-02     Revised Date:  2014-10-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1306050     Medline TA:  Plast Reconstr Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  787-95     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Patient Satisfaction
Prospective Studies
Quality of Life*
Surgical Procedures, Elective

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