Comparison of objective and subjective evaluation of breast symmetrization results in patients with Poland syndrome
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Introduction: There are many methods of analyzing the appearance of the breasts, but most of them are based on the patient’s subjective assessment or on the opinion of a specialist panel. Anthropometric measurements enable objective breast evaluation. The aim of the study was to compare the objective and subjective evaluation of aesthetic results of breast symmetrization in patients with Poland syndrome. Material and methods: The analysis of the results of the treatment was performed in 7 patients treated surgically due to unilateral breast underdevelopment in Poland syndrome. In the postoperative assessment, the following features were considered: 1 - breast volume, symmetry of: 2 – nipple areola-complexes (NAC), 3 - inframammary folds (IMF), 4 – upper poles (UP). The subjective assessment performed by the patient included each of the listed features and the overall satisfaction with the results of symmetrization on the 10-point Likert scale. Then, objective metric breast analysis was performed. Results: Overall assessment of postoperative breast asymmetry (mean 8.1) indicates a high level of patients’ satisfaction with breasts symmetrization. An objective analysis showed that the average breasts’ difference in volume was about 36 cc and the difference in NAC location was about 1.2 cm. Conclusion: 3D imaging is helpful in planning breast symmetrization procedures, especially in breast prostheses’ selection. Combination of this method with clinical experience results in good postoperative effects.
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