Current preferences for breast reduction techniques: A survey of board-certified plastic surgeons 2002

Rod J. Rohrich, Amanda A. Gosman, Spencer A. Brown, Prasanthi Tonadapu, Barbara Foster

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The purpose of this survey was to assess the current trends in breast reduction techniques and to compare satisfaction rates and complications associated with traditional incision and limited incision techniques. In September of 2002, a breast reduction survey was sent to 1500 members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; 554 of the members returned the survey. Questions elicited categorical answers, and the data were evaluated using the chi-square test and the comparison of two proportions. The results showed that 56 percent of the respondents use only the inferior pedicle and Wise pattern techniques, whereas 6.9 percent of the respondents use only the limited incision techniques. Physician satisfaction was rated as 4 on a scale of 1 (unsatisfied) to 5 (very satisfied) for both the limited incision and traditional incision groups. Patient satisfaction was rated as 4 for the limited incision group and as 5 for the traditional incision group. This difference in patient satisfaction per surgeon was statistically significant (p < 0.05). The traditional group reported a lower complication rate than did the limited incision group (p < 0.05). The most frequent complications for the traditional incision group were compared with those of the limited incision group. Practice profiles, liposuction, and opinions regarding future changes in breast surgery were also analyzed. The majority of surgeons reported that they did not anticipate changing their practices to accommodate advances in limited incision techniques; however, 89 percent reported that the new limited incision techniques and liposuction are trends that are here to stay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1724-1733
Number of pages10
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number7
StatePublished - Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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