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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 62-66

The effects of breast reduction on sexual activity

1 Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Izmir Katip Celebi University, Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
2 Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Giresun University, Giresun, Turkey
3 Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Adana City Hospital, Adana, Turkey
4 Department of Psychiatry, Izmir Katip Celebi University, Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey

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Dr. Ersin Aksam
Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Izmir Katip Celebi University, Izmir
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjps.TJPS_4_18

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Background: Patients with macromastia sometimes claim that their sexual life is negatively affected from the hypertrophic breasts. The intention of this prospective study is to evaluate the effects of breast reduction surgery on sexual satisfaction, marital adjustment, and the psychological condition of patients. Materials and Methods: The experimental group (n = 25) consisted of patients who had undergone surgery for macromastia, while the control group (n = 23) consisted of matched patients with similar demographic features. Using questionnaires, the respondents from the experimental group were evaluated for their body image perception, self-esteem, anxiety and depression status, sexual satisfaction, and marital adjustment both before surgery and 12 months after surgery. The same questionnaires were administered to the patients in the control group. Results: A comparison of the pre- and postoperative scores from the questionnaires revealed that the women in the experimental group observed an improvement in their body image perception and self-esteem and a decrease in their levels of anxiety and depression. There was no significant change between the pre- and post-operative scores of the experimental group in the sexual satisfaction index. Between the experimental group and the control group, a statistically significant difference was seen only for preoperative anxiety levels. Conclusion: Reduction mammoplasty had a favorable effect on the self-esteem, body image perception, depression, and anxiety but had no impact on sexual satisfaction of the patients. Level of evidence: Level II, Evidence obtained from well-designed controlled trials without randomization.

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