Do you struggle with body image issues because of very large breasts? Even though breast augmentation is still one of the most sought-after procedures among women, many women are actually looking to reduce the size of their breasts. A breast reduction can improve quality of life by balancing out your figure and alleviating any physical pain or discomfort you’ve been experiencing. Dr. Jonov can provide you with more information about the breast augmentation procedure during your consultation. Continue Reading
Cosmetic surgery of the breast can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life. Researchers have identified 6 aspects of breast surgery that influence patient quality of life and satisfaction. You can find the article “Satisfaction and quality of life in women who undergo breast surgery: A qualitative study” on Biomed Central or the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
1. Greater Satisfaction With Breasts
This is clearly the main goal of any elective breast surgery. Participants of the study commented about improvements in breast shape and the clothing options that were now available to them as a result. One patient with breast implants comments, “I have really nice voluptuous, rounded, normal-sized perky breasts and I am sooo happy with them.”
2. A Positive Surgical Experience
Those who experienced a positive surgeon-patient relationship – with good communication and honest information exchanged – expressed more satisfaction with breast surgery. Patients who had an adverse relationship with the surgeon or staff reported less satisfaction.
3. Improved Psychological and Social Well-Being
Patients in the study shared the positive changes in self perception and experiences in social settings. Increased confidence and feeling as if you fit the perceived “norm” of the female body are said to be a common benefits of breast surgery.
4. Improved Physical Well-Being
Breast reduction patients can get relief from back and neck pain, which often allows increased activity and better health.
5. Improved Sexual Well Being
Enhancements in breast shape and size can bring improvements in sexual pleasure, largely because it alleviates “negative feelings about the breasts” that often cause women to feel less attractive.
6. Overall Satisfaction
Researchers also included the simple category of general satisfaction. Would you undergo the surgery again? One breast augmentation patient responds, “there is not one day that goes by that I am not so pleased that I did it.”
To improve her mobility and her game, tennis player Simona Halep has announced plans to undergo breast reduction surgery next fall.
According to news sources in the UK, Ms. Halep complained that her large (34 DD) breasts have slowed her reaction time on the court and caused discomfort. It’s the weight that troubles me my ability to react quickly, she told The Sun.
In 2008, Halep won the junior French Open. She is now ranked 317th in the world.
Women pursue breast reduction surgery for a several reasons, increased mobility being just one of them. One breast reduction patient stated, Before I didn’t want to run anywhere. Even across the street if something happened I would not run. It was painful and embarrassing (Klassen 2009).
Beside issues with physical activity, many women hope to alleviate irritation around their bra strap and underneath the breast, pain in the back and neck, and discomfort during sleeping.
The procedure can be described as a “normalizing” experience for women. Once the surgery is complete, patients often say they are less self-conscious, they fit into more regular sized clothes, and that they typify what is perceived as the norm of the female body.
A study that recently appeared in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal found that women who had breast reduction surgery to reduce the size of their large breasts had less back pain and greater self-esteem following the procedure. According to statistics, more than 150,000 women had breast reduction surgery last year.
“This study further demonstrates that the connection between the aesthetic results of plastic surgery and the emotional, social and physical quality of life of our patients cannot be underestimated,” said Dr. Alan Gold, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
If you live in or near Seattle and are feeling weighed down by your breasts, contact Dr. Craig Jonov for a breast reduction consultation.