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Women Report High Satisfaction with Breast Augmentation

Jenn Fusion | May 14, 2013 | Posted in Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation in NYC and the rest of the nation is still the most popular cosmetic surgery. Last year, approximately 286,000 Americans had their breasts enhanced. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) says there are many reasons women may elect this surgery.

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Some are bothered by the feeling that their breasts are too small, while others are frustrated with clothing that never fits, or feel extremely self-conscious in a bathing suit. Women may also seek this procedure if they have recently lost weight, resulting in the breasts changing size and shape, or post-partum for breasts that have lost some of their firmness. Lastly, there are women who have a natural irregularity in the size of one breast, leaving it smaller than the other one.

A new study published in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, provides encouraging news for women who may be considering breast augmentation surgery.

Women undergoing breast augmentation surgery report high levels of satisfaction

The average patient was 34 years old and received 390 cc of saline. Most significantly, the study found that 98% of women undergoing breast augmentation surgery say the results “met” or “exceeded” their expectations. Furthermore, 92% of patients reported improvements in self-esteem and 64% reported improvement in quality of life following their surgeries.

“After a woman gets breast implants, she feels sexy,” Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas W. Loeb told the NY Times. Not surprisingly, that new confidence pays back dividends. Women reported that “strangers were friendlier, that business colleagues listened to them with greater interest and that friends enjoyed being around them more” after their surgeries, the newspaper adds.

With regard to the size of their new breasts…

  • 85% of women said their new breast size was “just right”
  • 13% wished they’d have gone a size larger
  • Fewer than 2% wanted a smaller size
  • Only 1% of the 225 women surveyed were dissatisfied due to scarring in the crease below the breast

When asked about the firmness of their new breasts…

  • 75% of women said their new breast firmness was “just right”
  • Over 50% of the patients gave their results a perfect 10/10

Recovery is much easier than expected

  • Women reported an average pain score of 5.9/10
  • They took off work for seven days and took pain medication for five days
  • 25 days after surgery, patients reported feeling fully “back to normal”

When asked about the side effects of surgery, 40% of the women experienced some temporary nipple numbness, but only 2% reported persistent numbness.

Breast augmentation in NYC

Dr. Thomas W. Loeb is a nationally renowned, board-certified Manhattan plastic surgeon who has been in business for over 25 years. His pioneering methods have earned him a teaching spot at Cornell University and a place on New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors List.” Women who are interested in learning more about breast surgery in NYC are invited to make an appointment for a private consultation with Dr. Loeb by calling 212-327-3700.

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American Society of Plastic Surgeons, New Evidence on What Women Can Expect after Breast Augmentation Surgery

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