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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/01.PRS.0000127795.84891.A7
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Outcome Study in Liposuction Breast Reduction

Moskovitz, Martin J. M.D.; Muskin, Eliana; Baxt, Sherwood A. M.D.

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Liposuction as a primary modality of treating breast hypertrophy has been reported in the literature; however, many of these reports are small series and personal experiences. This report is the first outcome study to attempt to validate the effectiveness of liposuction as a primary method of breast reduction surgery. Questionnaires were sent to 117 patients who had undergone liposuction breast reduction surgery in our office during a 4-year period. Seventy-eight questionnaires were returned (67 percent response rate). The patients were asked about their complaints, their surgical results, and their satisfaction with the operation. Complaints such as neck and back pain, shoulder ruts, and intertrigo were improved or eliminated in the vast majority of patients. Women returned to work in 5 days on average and resumed full exercise in 2 weeks. Eighty percent of patients were either very or completely satisfied with their outcomes, 87 percent would choose the liposuction method again, and 92 percent would recommend the liposuction method to a friend. This study demonstrates that liposuction breast reduction is an effective method of breast reduction surgery.

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