Reduction Mammaplasty: Cosmetic or Reconstructive Procedure?

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Ninety-two of 220 plastic surgeons submitted information from 600 women (the last 15 to 20 reduction mammaplasties by each surgeon) regarding height, weight, and amount of breast tissue removed. In a second survey to estimate percentages of women who sought reduction mammaplasties for purely cosmetic reasons, for mixed reasons, and for purely medical reasons, 132 of the same 220 surgeons responded. All women whose removed breast weight was less than the 5th percentile sought the procedure for purely cosmetic reasons, and all women whose breast weight was greater than the 22nd percentile sought the procedure for medical reasons. Those women whose removed breast tissue weight was between the 5th and the 22nd percentiles had mixed reasons for requesting the procedure.

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