Study: Quality of Life Improves after Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Can Make You HappierWomen with breast implants are socially and sexually more satisfied, and experience a higher quality of life, according to researchers.

This bold claim was part of a study published in an issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The research team used the BREAST-Q survey, which looked at changes in six areas affecting a woman’s quality of life:

  1. Satisfaction with breasts
  2. Satisfaction with overall surgical outcome
  3. Psychosocial well-being
  4. Sexual well-being
  5. Physical well-being
  6. Satisfaction with care

More than 600 women were surveyed before their breast augmentation surgery, again at six weeks after surgery and yet again at six months afterward. Most of the women had silicone implants placed underneath the muscle.

The results found significant improvement in most areas assessed by the BREAST-Q survey. The women’s satisfaction with their breasts rose from 25 percent prior to surgery to nearly 80 after (using a 100-point scale). This improvement is significant, and comparable to patients who undergo major orthopedic surgery such as total hip replacement.

A Dip in Physical Function Right after Surgery

The BREAST-Q scores did show that physical functioning was lower at six weeks after surgery compared to before surgery. However, this information is not startling. The authors of the study suggested that this could account for how long it took some women to completely recover from surgery. The study did not have enough follow-up data to show whether the women’s physical function eventually returned to their pre-operative level.

Older Women Report Lower Levels of Satisfaction

Older patients showed lower scores for satisfaction with their breasts and overall procedure:

  • Average score of overall satisfaction for women under 30: 90
  • Women in their 30s: 86
  • Women in their 40s: 82
  • Women ages 50 and older: 77

What We’ve Seen in Our Practice

Here is some of the feedback that we’ve received from our breast augmentation patients:

“My results have exceeded even my highest expectations.”

“I am so thrilled with the results and I feel like I was reborn at the age of 50!!! Not only that I look much better — the change in my look contributes to my self-esteem and I feel now much more as a “real woman”!!!!”

“My breast augmentation and tummy tuck are beyond my expectations.”

Want Bigger, Fuller Breasts? Call the Plastic Surgery Group

If you’re considering breast augmentation to help you feel happier and more confident in your body, we would love to hear from you! Please call the Plastic Surgery Group at (973) 233-1933 or send us an email to schedule a breast implants consultation.