Macromastia, or large breasts can cause pain and discomfort to the neck, shoulders, and back, make it difficult to find clothing that fits, may cause unwanted attention and teasing, and can limiti physical activity. Besides providing breast reduction surgery, we also assess our patient’s quality of life before and after surgery. We offer our patients seen in the Beast Clinic the opportunity to participate in the BreastQ, which is a questionnaire that measures:
- Psychosocial well-being
- Physical well-being
- Satisfaction with care
- Satisfaction with outcomes, breasts, and expectations
Since the inception of the Breast Clinic, in February 2015, we began administering the BreastQ, to assess the satisfaction and well-being of adolescent patients before and after surgical treatment of macromastia. We have been able to show a significant increase in patient’s response of well-being and satisfaction after surgery. We wil continue to use the BreastQ to further demonstrate the functional and psychosocial benefits of adolescent breast reduction to insurers.