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More tools needed to assess body contouring

New York — Better tools that could more accurately measure patient satisfaction and quality of life would help advance body contouring, already a rapidly growing field, a new study shows.

According to a news release from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a review of literature reveals that while appropriate questionnaires for measuring patient-reported outcomes currently exist for breast reduction patients, such instruments are lacking in other areas of body contouring.

The ASAPS statement quotes study co-author Andrea M. Pusic, M.D., of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, as saying, “Ideally, patient-reported outcomes should be measured with procedure- or condition-specific questionnaires that are sensitive, reliable and valid. Our analysis shows that we still don’t have the best instruments to measure patient satisfaction and quality of life for most cosmetic and postbariatric body-contouring patients, with the exception of those who undergo breast reduction procedures. This means we do not fully understand the scope of our success with the majority of body-contouring procedures.”

The study results appear in the September issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

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