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How Breast Augmentation Improves Quality of Life

My Chicago-area breast augmentation patients are a diverse group, and they each have their own unique reasons for pursuing plastic surgery. But their increased breast size provides them with something more than enhanced curves — many patients say the surgery improves their personal happiness and well-being, too. A study published in the April edition of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, confirms their reports.

The study analyzed the results of the BREAST-Q, a commonly used survey created to assess a patient’s opinions after breast enhancement surgery. The surveyed patients, all of whom underwent bilateral breast augmentation, reported significantly improved feelings about their breasts, their sexual well-being, and their psychosocial well-being. However, scores for physical well-being remained lower than expected when surveyed at both 6 weeks and 6 months after surgery. These results may be due to inadequate communication from the surgeon about how the recovery will go.

Patients should understand that, like any plastic surgery procedure, some types of breast augmentation may necessitate longer recovery times. Submuscular implant placement, for example, often requires a bit more downtime than subglandular placement, although this option is less prone to certain complications and often creates a more natural appearance.

It’s my aim to ensure that each of my breast augmentation patients has a complete understanding of what she can expect during her own recuperation. At my practice, I believe that transparency and openness throughout all phases of the surgical process sets the stage for long-term patient satisfaction.

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