If you’re like a lot of women, the thought of getting breast implants can be both scary and exciting. These feelings are perfectly natural, of course. Surgery is not a minor decision, and you’ll be changing your body shape and the way you look. However, 95 to 98% of women say the results of breast enlargement surgery meet or exceed their expectations. That’s a pretty high satisfaction rate! This is why we’ve put together a blog on surprising benefits of breast augmentation surgery!
Breast Augmentation Surgery
50 years after the first breast augmentation surgery took place, studies show breast augmentation is still the most popular procedure. But the implants themselves and their placement have come a long way as well. You now have choices, including:
- Where the incision is made (transaxillary or armpit area or under the breast in the inframmary fold)
- What type of implant to choose (silicone or saline, different sizes and even different profiles or ‘projection’ options)
- Who to help you have your augmentation
Not all surgeons are equal. Be sure you understand the differences between a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon, and other doctors. Ensure your surgeon is FRACS, ISAPS or ASAPS qualified.
8 Potential Benefits of Breast Augmentation Surgery
Whatever your reasons might be, studies have shown that the surgery does more than just increase a patient’s bust size.
1: Improved Self-Confidence
According to Clinical Psychological Science, plastic surgery, one of the potential benefits of breast augmentation surgery is higher self-esteem. This research also reported that patients were happier with their bodies as a whole after surgery. As the popular saying goes, when you look good, you feel good. Other studies show that some patients might not have higher self esteem. It’s important to discuss your expectations about what surgery can and cannot do for you, in detail, with your surgeon.
2: Increased Satisfaction with Sex Life
Before we discuss this sensitive issue, it’s important to once again to remind you that everyone is different. Every person is different and every relationship dynamic is unique. No two people will have identical responses to something like a breast augmentation surgery.
3: Improved Social Life After Getting Breast Implants?
If you have small, tubular breasts or asymmetrical breasts, you might find it can leave you feeling less confident. It may even leave you less likely to engage socially. Following breast augmentation, a lot of patients note that they experience a surge in confidence during social encounters. Many women find having higher body confidence tends to give them a new outlook on life. Many women enjoy a boost in their self-image. This in turn boosts their social confidence as well as their relationship confidence.
4: Better Balanced Figure
Breast augmentation/breast enlargement surgery can often help women achieve a more balanced figure. A larger chest-size can also create the illusion of a smaller, slimmer waist. Torso dimensions may impact how the procedure interacts with your overall physique. That’s why planning before surgery is so important. An experienced surgeon like Dr Geoff Barnett specialises in natural looking breast enlargement surgeries. This ensures you get the overall look you want.
As a result, some patients who do have breast surgery may even look as if they’ve lost weight. Their waist may now have more definition in contrast.
5: Increased Feeling of Youthfulness
It’s not uncommon for women in their 50s or above to get their first augmentation surgery. Unfortunately, sagging breast skin and drooping breasts are an inescapable process of ageing. Most, if not all, women will eventually experience their nipples pointing ‘downwards’ at some point in their life’s journey. When these undesirable breast changes occur, it can make a woman feel a bit older than she actually is. Having children and breastfeeding also isn’t always kind to breast tissues, and can leave the breasts looking baggy or saggy.
Breast augmentation, sometimes combined with a breast lift, can correct droopiness, restore firmness, and shape. You’ll end up with firmer, perkier or more voluptuous breasts if you have an augmentation or a lift. The right procedure combination depends on what your surgeon believes you need in terms of:
- Skin laxity
- Existing breast tissue
It is also important that you get the size and shape you feel will suit you best. Along with feeling younger, a lot of women believe they feel more feminine, too.
6: Ability to Wear New or Different Clothes
Many women simply do not feel comfortable with form-fitting tops, swimsuits, spaghetti straps or low-cut blouses. However, for a lot of women that feeling of insecurity disappears following the procedure. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of breast augmentation surgery is generally the amazing wardrobe change that occurs.
7: Potentially Increased Opportunities
While perhaps considered to be mostly superficial, appearance actually matters more than you might think. Research in Psychology Today suggests a person’s physical appearance plays a significant factor in hiring, pay and promotion.
A person’s attractiveness can also impact his or her social life, too. Research suggests that people perceived as more attractive, often tend to make friends much easier. This may be due to feeling more confident and engaged or engaging because they have appearance confidence. You may suddenly find you’re more extroverted or assertive in social situations.
But confidence is a multi-faceted measure. Remember, every one is different, but many women do report feeling a confidence boost with their new breasts.
8: Improved Posture After Breast Enlargement Surgery
A 2012 study examined postural changes in patients following breast augmentation surgery. It concluded that some patients did, in fact, improve their posture following surgery.
The reason why isn’t exactly clear, though. It could be because some breast augmentation patients naturally pay more attention to their posture following surgery. Or, perhaps, there’s no longer a need to scrunch over to draw attention away from that part of your body. Regardless, better posture is one of the medical benefits of breast augmentation surgery!
How Does Body Image or Body Satisfaction Impact a Relationship or Intimacy?
How we feel about our bodies does, however, often impact how we feel about intimacy with a partner. Our body satisfaction or body-esteem impacts how we feel about ourselves. This also impacts how we feel about our physical interactions with another person. So can breast enlargement surgery change how you feel about your body and your sex life?
Our bodies and how we feel about them do influence our intimate moments in some ways. As a result, many patients report increased feelings of sexuality and attractiveness. This in turn impacts their intimate relationships and romantic life.
RealSelf.com states that 61 percent of users surveyed had sex more frequently after their breast augmentation surgery. Meanwhile, 70 percent of respondents said their overall sex life satisfaction improved after undergoing one of these procedures.
It is important to remember, however, that you should only have surgery for yourself. Surgery is serious, and must only be chosen for you and by you, for yourself. It might be chosen based on how you believe it will help you feel about how you look. But it should not be chosen if you have unrealistic expectations or expect it to change your entire life. You should never pursue surgery to please someone else.
Can Breast Enlargement Surgery Change Your Life?
There are no guarantees, but many women enjoy having fuller, firmer breasts and noticeable cleavage. It’s really up to you and what you expect from it as to how much breast implants change your life. It’s important to keep your expectations realistic. However, many women do report a surge in confidence, fashion choices and appearance-esteem as benefits of breast augmentation surgery.
Are you a woman who is unhappy with her breasts?
Perhaps, they’re too small, they sag or are very asymmetrical? Or are they tuberous? If so, Dr Geoff Barnett, a specialist plastic surgeon, can help.
Do you want to boost your body confidence and potentially begin your new outlook on life? Visit with Dr Barnett to learn what is (and isn’t) possible through breast surgery. You can reach Dr Barnett’s Patient Care Team to schedule an appointment or ask questions about the benefits of breast augmentation surgery.
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Dr Barnett is supported by a fabulous team of Patient Care Advisors, nurses and surgical support teams. We look forward to helping you get the breast size, shape and appearance you’ve always wanted.