Title

Bigger is not always better: body image dissatisfaction in breast reduction and breast augmentation patients.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-1998

Abstract

This study investigated body image dissatisfaction in breast reduction and breast augmentation patients. Thirty breast reduction and 30 breast augmentation patients completed two body image measures preoperatively. Breast reduction patients reported greater dissatisfaction with their overall body image as compared with breast augmentation patients, part of which can be understood as a function of their increased body weight. When asked specifically about their breasts, reduction patients displayed increased body image dysphoria and maladaptive behavioral change, including embarrassment about their breasts in public areas and social settings and avoidance of physical activity. Results are discussed in the context of ideal body weight cutoffs by third-party payers for reimbursement for breast reduction. Recommendations for reimbursement criteria that de-emphasize the role of body weight are made.

Publication Title

Plastic and reconstructive surgery

First Page

1956

Last Page

1961

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