Reduction mammoplasty for macromastia

D M Brown, V L Young
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 1993, 17 (3): 211-23
Macromastia is a common cause of physical and emotional suffering. Reduction mammoplasty can provide relief from shoulder grooving, back and neck pain, intertrigo, and symptoms of ulnar nerve compression. Similarly, emotional well being is enhanced by improved self-image, increased capacity to participate in sports and work, and the ability to wear normal, attractive clothes. In the last three years, we have performed reduction mammoplasty using the inferior pedicle technique or free nipple graft in 75 patients. Preoperative symptoms typically included back pain, shoulder grooving, and a stooped posture. Fat necrosis was the most common complication and was associated with large resections. Patient satisfaction was high for both procedures.

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