What to Expect After Breast Augmentation

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Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Are you considering breast implants? Not sure what you should expect after surgery? Well, if the whopping 98 percent of women who say that the results of their surgery met or exceeded their expectations are any indication, have no fear. Women reported improvements in self-esteem and quality of life after surgery too. Before surgery, most women were self-conscious about their breasts. After surgery, only 13 percent were self-conscious about them.

The study, published in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, evaluated over 200 women one month after their breast augmentation over the course of five years. They were asked questions pertaining to their recovery, results, complications and psychological effects associated with their augmentation. "This study is valuable in providing information from the patient's perspective, not the surgeon's," says Leawood, KS plastic surgeon Eric Swanson, MD. "Patient satisfaction is the most important measure of surgical success."

With 10 being the highest, the women reported an average pain score during recovery of 5.9, using prescription medication for 5 days, taking off from work for 7 days and feeling back to themselves around 25 days after surgery.

The majority of women were pleased with the size and the firmness of their breasts and only one percent expressed dissatisfaction with their incision scars, which were usually located in the crease under the breast. However, almost 40 percent of the women experienced at least temporary nipple numbness after surgery but only two percent reported persistent numbness.

Have you had breast augmentation? What was your experience?

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