Reduction Mammaplasty for Macromastia in Teens: Does It Help Improve Quality of Life?
DrLewisFirst, MD, MA, Editor in Chief, Pediatrics
Macromastia in teens can have significant impacts on self-image issues and potentially
quality of life. Does breast-reduction surgery improve their self-image? Nuzzi et
al. (10.1542/peds.2017-1103) elected to answer this question using a longitudinal cohort of 102 adolescents with
macromastia and compared their responses to questionnaires administered on self-esteem
and other quality of life issues to 84 unaffected female controls. Teens with macromastia
were surveyed preoperatively and after mammaplasty over the next 5 years as were controls.
The good news is that post-operatively those who received the breast reduction surgery
had significant improvements in their health-related quality of life indicators involving
their physical and psychosocial wellbeing. If you have a teen with macromastia, you
may want to keep abreast of the information in this study when you discuss the benefits
as well as the risks of breast reduction surgery with them. Checkout this study and