Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery can benefit from a marked improvement in their quality of life, a new study has concluded.
Researchers studied 100 patients, half of whom underwent breast reduction surgery while the remainder were put on a waiting list.
They found that patients who underwent breast reduction surgery tended to experience a significant improvement in self-esteem.
Surgical patients also reported improvements in functional capacity and less pain in their lower back, indicating that the procedure had a number of beneficial effects.
The findings are published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and Dr Alan Gold, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, said that they demonstrate the connection "between the aesthetic results of plastic surgery and the emotional, social and physical quality of life" of patients.
"These findings will go a long way towards helping us to evaluate and better understand the implications of the impact of plastic surgery on patients' lives," he added.
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