Breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty is the most common aesthetic (cosmetic) surgical procedure performed annually in the United States. Over 300,000 women undergo breast augmentation in America each year. These statistics are compiled each year by the American Society if Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). These two surgical organizations are the only ones that represent board certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Numerous studies have revealed that breast augmentation can help boost self-esteem, body image and sexual satisfaction.
Data collected by RealSelf.com, an online community for sharing and learning about cosmetic surgeries and treatments, revealed that 34 percent of those who had undergone these procedures reported an overall increase in satisfaction with their sex life.
In addition, 61 percent of those surveyed said that they had sex more frequently after their breast augmentation or breast lift surgery and 70 percent of respondents said their overall sex life satisfaction improved after undergoing one of these procedures.
“The poll results are not surprising,” a Texas-based plastic surgeon said. “I see a transformation in what patients wear and how they carry themselves in the office after having a breast augmentation. In my personal observation, women definitely feel more confident after the procedure, and you can easily see how that improved confidence will lead to improvements in other areas of their lives.”
RealSelf.com reports that the majority of women who undergo breast enhancement surgeries are satisfied with the outcome. According to hundreds of breast implant reviews and stories posted to the website, 7.5 out of 10 women who have had the surgery say it was “worth it.” Slightly more (eight out of 10) women who have had breast lift surgery rate the procedure as “worth it.”
Breast augmentation surgery remained the most popular surgical procedure performed by plastic surgeons in 2010, with more than 318,000 individuals undergoing it, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. It was the most common plastic surgery among women between the ages of 19 and 34 last year, but is also common among those between the ages of 35 and 50.
Common reasons women choose to undergo this surgery include the perception of underdeveloped breasts, differences in the sizes of the breasts or changes after pregnancy or breast-feeding. The procedure, which is used to improve breast shape and size, can give a woman more proportional shape and may improve self-esteem.
Women who may have untreated or unstable psychiatric or alcohol problems before their surgery may be at higher risk of these issues becoming more problematic after surgery highlighting the need of being in optimal good mental and physical health prior to elective surgery.
In fact, the preparation for breast implant surgery often encourages patients to adopt a healthier. Patients often decide to quit smoking, begin an exercise routine, and eat healthier often losing weight in the process. Psychologists tell us that these lifestyle changes are often the result of an enhanced body image and renewed self confidence following breast augmentation surgery. Once a woman undergoes this surgery she is frequently able to turn her attention towards other personal concerns, not the least of which are improving herself both physically and mentally. Several articles have also described the positive association between self image, self confidence, and income. The Wall Street Journal reported that those individuals who earned the highest incomes were often more self confident and attractive.
Health concerns about the negative effects of breast augmentation on mammography and the detection or treatment of breast cancer have not been supported by the body of scientific evidence published in numerous peer reviewed scientific publications. Advanced mammographic techniques allow adequate evaluation and screening of breast tissue for routine surveillance. At present, there is no scientific evidence of any link between breast implants and collagen vascular diseases including dermatomyositis, scleroderma, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis.
This 26-year-old San Diego woman wanted to enlarge her small breasts and correct their mild asymmetry. To improve the look of her breasts, she decided to find a San Diego plastic surgeon who regularly performed breast augmentation and chose to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Chaffoo.