Improvement in quality of life and self-esteem after breast reduction surgery

Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2010 Feb;34(1):59-64. doi: 10.1007/s00266-009-9409-x. Epub 2009 Sep 19.


Background: Breast reduction surgery is sought by patients who have physical and psychological symptoms. This study assessed the quality of life and self-esteem before and after breast reduction surgery.

Methods: Thirty patients with a diagnosis of mammary hypertrophy who were consecutively selected to undergo breast reduction and aged between 18 and 54 years (mean = 32.65 years, SD = 9.87) participated in the study. Diagnosis was performed by breast measurements associated with symptoms related to excessive breast size. Patients completed the SF-36 Quality of Life Inventory and Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale before the procedure and 30 and 120 days after surgery. The nonparametric sign test and Fisher's exact test were used to analyze the data.

Results: There was significant improvement (p < or = 0.05) in all domains of quality of life and in self-esteem when scores before and after surgery were compared.

Conclusion: Both self-esteem and quality of life significantly improved after breast reduction surgery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Breast / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammaplasty / adverse effects
  • Mammaplasty / methods
  • Mammaplasty / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Self Concept*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult