The purpose of aesthetic plastic surgery is to improve quality of life by enhancing one’s body confidence and comfort. A recent study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal looks at the satisfaction and well-being of a group of 155 women that had breast augmentation in 2008 and 2009. The data confirms that women report a significant improvement in their satisfaction with breast appearance, psychosocial well-being, and sense of sexual well-being after surgery. The anonymous survey was administered before and six weeks after their breast implant procedure. The scores were tabulated on a 1-100 point basis.
Here are some of the outcomes reported:
- Satisfaction with breast appearance improved from a score of 26 to 82.
- 79% were satisfied with the size of their breasts post operatively.
- Sense of wellbeing increased from a score of 52 to 85.
- 97% reported they felt attractive, up from 51%.
- 96% felt more self-assured, up from 51%.
- 94% reported that they felt confident most or all the time, improved from 53% prior to surgery.
- 91% answered that they felt confident sexually after their augmentation, up from 46% preoperatively.
The research did not examine those women that did not report improved quality of life after the procedure. This group was small but it would be valuable to gain insight on why they did not achieve the same satisfaction.
The questionnaire that was used is called the BREAST –Q. It was developed to meet national and international standards of outcomes assessment for evidence based medicine. For a closer look check out the Aesthetic Surgery Journal 33(2)245-251, 2013.