Breast asymmetry is a common problem faced by most women. However, this problem can cause physical and emotional damage. A recent study led by Miguel Sabino Neto, MD, PhD, studied the effects of surgical procedure to correct this condition on patients. This study has been published in the November/December issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

Study Highlights
a. Researchers studied 35 patients with breast asymmetry.
b. All the patients were between the ages of 16 to 50 years.
c. Researchers studied how breast asymmetry surgery affected their self-esteem and health-related quality of life.
d. All the patients were required to complete the Brazilian version of the SF-36, which indicates quality of life, by measuring various variables.
e. Patients were also required to complete the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, which evaluates quality of life based on responses to 10 questions on the subject of self-esteem.
f. Both these tests were completed before and after surgery at three and six months post-operative follow-up.
g. It was seen that in all dimensions of the SF-36 there was a progressive improvement.
h. Scores were higher for emotional factors at three months after surgery.
i. Scores were also higher for pain, vitality and mental health six months after surgery.
j. Self-esteem was also seen to have improved.
k. It was concluded that surgical treatment can have a positive effect on patients with breast asymmetry.