More great news is surfacing for women with or thinking of receiving breast implants. According to a study in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, women undergoing breast augmentation surgery report substantial improvement in several key areas of quality of life.
ASPS Member Surgeon Colleen M. McCarthy says, “Cosmetic breast augmentation can have a significant and profound positive impact on a woman’s satisfaction with her breasts [and] her psychosocial and sexual well-being.” In the study, women that had undergone breast augmentation surgery were given a questionnaire to evaluate changes in health-related quality of life, a factor that has become increasingly important in evaluating the benefits of many types of medical or surgical treatments.
The BREAST-Q© questionnaire evaluated changes in six key areas: satisfaction with breasts and with overall outcome, psychosocial, sexual, and physical well-being and satisfaction with care. The group of 41 women, who completed the survey both 6 months before and 6 months after surgery, showed significant improvement in three out of six areas, including satisfaction with breasts, psychosocial well-being and sexual well-being.
“More than 80 percent of women reported ‘significant improvement’ in satisfaction in these three areas,” reports the ASPS. “The gains in quality of life were considered very large-similar in magnitude to the improvement in symptoms after hip replacement surgery.”
As society and the medical community shifts to place more emphasis on quality of life as a key element in evaluating the success of a given surgery or treatment, we are learning more and more about how cosmetic surgery patients feel about their choice well after receiving treatment. If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, tummy tuck, facelift, rhinoplasty, liposuction or any other popular cosmetic procedure, contact Palm Beach Plastic Surgery today at 561.833.4122.