Breast augmentation surgery is consistently the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United
States. Although many people focus on the physical changes that result
from breast augmentation surgery, for many women, the biggest impact may
be psychological. Here is a closer look at the impact this plastic surgery
procedure can have on patients’ emotional wellbeing.
Linking Breast Augmentation and Body Image
Women choose breast augmentation for a number of reasons, including to
make clothing fit better. However, issues with body image are a leading
complaint women have when they visit a plastic surgeon for a breast augmentation
consultation. Women may be unhappy with the size of their breasts from
a young age, or they may become dissatisfied with changes in their breasts
after pregnancy. These confidence issues can creep into every part of
a woman’s life, from confidence at work and school to personal relationships.
By fixing their perceived problems with their breasts, women can experience
a dramatic improvement in self-esteem. Among
multiple studies regarding women and breast implants, one indicated that women reported an increase in their feelings of low
self-esteem in the year before they got an augmentation, and that women
who chose not to have the procedure required treatment by a psychiatrist
more often than those who underwent surgery.
Understanding When Surgery Isn’t a Solution
Although the positive impacts of breast augmentation can be dramatic for
patients, plastic surgery is not a quick fix. Dr Jennifer Geoghegan and
other plastic surgeons spend a great deal of time ensuring that patients
have realistic expectations about what surgery can help them achieve and
are particularly careful to ensure women getting breast augmentations
are doing it for themselves and not for the sake of a relationship or
to deal with a stressful event. Furthermore, it important for women who
experience depression to know that it can return, even if they feel better
The best way to find out if breast augmentation or any cosmetic procedure
is right for you is to schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr.
Jennifer Geoghegan. At
Oasis Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, our Dr. Geoghegan can help you make the right choice. Make your appointment
by calling (480) 264-6428.