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Patients Report Satisfaction with Breast Augmentation

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BREAST-Q survey reports increases in self-image, sexual well-being

A recent study suggests that women who had Breast Augmentation reported higher satisfaction not only with the overall appearance of their breasts, but also in their physical, sexual and psychosocial well-being. The researchers also found that overall satisfaction with breast augmentation was most strongly correlated with breast appearance satisfaction. The study recently appeared in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, official publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Patients who underwent Breast Augmentation between January 2008 and May 2009 filled out the validated BREAST-Q survey prior to surgery and again 6 weeks later. The data showed significant postoperative improvements in satisfaction with breast appearance, psychosocial well-being and sexual well-being.

The study reported correlation between overall satisfaction and physical well-being, suggesting that patients may be willing to tolerate a small amount of temporary discomfort for an improvement in breast appearance.

“Although improvements in satisfaction and quality of life after breast augmentation have been reported in the literature, few studies have used validated survey instruments,” said lead author Michelle Coriddi, M.D. of Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The study is one of the first to analyze patient-reported satisfaction and quality of life following breast augmentation using the BREAST-Q, the only survey instrument for breast augmentation that meets both federal and international standards for questionnaire development.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), 316,848 breast augmentations were performed in 2011, making breast augmentation the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure for women and the second most popular cosmetic surgery overall.

Board-certified plastic surgeon William J. Hedden, M.D. in Birmingham, Alabama are members of the ASAPS, which is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.

To schedule your complimentary Breast Augmentation Consultation in Birmingham, AL, please call 205-980-1744 to set up your appointment.

Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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