Breast reconstruction in overweight patients can be a difficult challenge for plastic surgeons. A higher body mass index can be associated with greater post-operative complications and poor cosmetic results. This study found that obese women were as likely to be generally satisfied with their breast reconstruction as normal weight patients. For those who had reconstruction using their own skin (TRAM flap), as opposed to a breast implant, body mass index had no effect on satisfaction. The study concluded that for overweight patients, the quality-of-life benefits from breast reconstruction outweighed the surgical risks. More than 57,000 breast reconstructions were performed in 2007, according to the ASPS.
Obesity and Patient Satisfaction with Breast Reconstruction
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