As a board certified plastic surgeon, it has always been my goal to listen to each patient and help them achieve that look which is perfect for them as an individual. This idea is always foremost in my mind, particularly in approaching the various breast enhancement procedures, including augmentation with implants, mastopexies (or breast lifts), and breast reductions. Many women can often feel as though a particular image of an “appropriate” look has been imposed upon them by society, however I try to help each of my patients achieve what they feel is the perfect form for their body type, which may not be what is perfect anatomically or what society sees as perfect. More than anything, I enjoy helping people achieve the look that makes them feel comfortable and best about themselves.
Studies have shown that breast implants can help boost self-esteem and body image. In 2013, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) published the results of a five year study that polled the attitudes of women who had undergone breast augmentation. The study found that 92 percent of women reported improved self-esteem after breast augmentation and 64 percent reported an improved quality of life. Before surgery, the majority of women (86 percent) were self-conscious about their breasts. After surgery, only 13 percent were self-conscious about them. The study also recorded an extremely high rate of patient satisfaction with the procedure, with 85 percent of women rating their new breast size as “just right” and almost all patients (98 percent) reporting that the results had met or exceeded their expectations.
Other popular breast procedures, like breast reduction, also achieved similar positive outcomes. A separate ASPS study found that breast reduction patients reported a significant improvement in all four areas evaluated on both the before and after questionnaires: satisfaction with the appearance of the breasts in regard to psychosocial and physical well-being. On a 100-point scale, satisfaction with breast appearance increased from about 20 before surgery to more than 80 afterward. There were also large improvements in scores for psychosocial well-being: from 41 to 84 and physical well-being: from 43 to 81. The patients also reported that the procedure relieved pain in the breast, neck, back and shoulders and led to significant improvements in sleep and ability to exercise.
Overall, I do not think that these breast procedures are purely cosmetic. These procedures can transform a woman’s life. They can change what she’s able to do with her life and certainly change the way that she sees herself. If you are interested in breast reconstruction, or any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform, please contact me, Dr. Allyson Maske, to schedule a consultation today. Additionally, many reconstructive procedures may be covered by insurance, and Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. provides a variety of options for financing, including Care Credit®, in order to assist you. Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and updates.