Medical aids and breast reduction: an oxymoron
Of all the procedures performed by plastic surgeons, bilateral breast reduction (BBR) is the most misunderstood by both clinicians and medical aids. This problem is not unique to South Africa; even in the USA there is limited insight into this condition and what criteria should be met for the selection of appropriate cases.1-3 Consequently, BBR is excluded as a benefit by many medical funders.1-3 It is erroneously viewed as a cosmetic procedure performed by plastic surgeons to improve breast shape.
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