Breast Augmentation and Quality of Life in the SF Bay Area

Posted June 21, 2014 in Breast Asymmetry, Home, Patient Safety

I have noticed my San Francisco Bay Area Breast Augmentation patients are some of my happiest patients, and a recent study out of Philadelphia, PA, shows this is a national trend. Over 600,000 women had Cosmetic Breast Surgery last year, with more than half choosing Breast Augmentation. Recent improvements in Breast Implants‘ quality and choices are providing women with safer and more predictable options for Breast Enlargement in the Bay Area.

New research confirms what plastic surgeons have known for years. Breast Augmentation does more for a woman than just enlarging her breasts

New research confirms what plastic surgeons have known for years.
Breast Augmentation does more for a woman than just enlarging her breasts.

Breast Implants and Patient Satisfaction

According to an article recently published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Breast Augmentation is associated with high patient satisfaction and significant improvements in quality of life.

Who Gets Breast Augmentation?

The study entitled Understanding the Effect of Breast Augmentation on Quality of Life: Prospective Analysis Using the BREAST-Q followed 611 women with an average age of 33.5 years and an average BMI of 21.7 for 6 months. The average Breast Implant Size was 360 cc’s and 73% chose silicone gel filled breast implants over saline. These demographics are very similar to my San Francisco Bay Area Breast Implant patient population.

The Mommy Makeover above includes a Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation.

Mommies get Breast Augmentation. The Mommy Makeover above includes a Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation.

How Happy are Breast Augmentation Patients?

Significant improvement in patient satisfaction was demonstrated at 6 weeks and 6 months after Breast Augmentation in multiple areas including:

  • Satisfaction with Breasts (p<0.001 Kazis effect size of 3.66)
  • Psychosocial well-being (p<0.001 Kazis effect size of 2.39)
  • Sexual well-being (p<0.001 Kazis effect size of 2.56)

Younger women tended to be more satisfied with their “new” breasts than older women. Not surprising, since younger women tend to have firmer breasts and more elastic breast skin, and both factors contribute to better results. Younger and perkier breasts are also less likely to require a Breast Lift. The study also confirmed that it can take months to adjust physically to Breast Enhancement. Whether this is due to the demands of the Breast Augmentation Surgery or getting used to larger breasts was not studied.

Breast Augmentation Before and Afters

Breasts that have always been small have an advantage when it comes to Breast Augmentation.

Breasts that have always been small have an advantage when it comes to Breast Augmentation.

Breast Augmentation in the San Francisco Bay Area

Breast Augmentation Surgery in the San Francisco Bay Area, like in the United States in general, remains the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery. It is performed for women who develop small breasts, as well as women who lose breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss. If you are considering Breast Augmentation, more information is available on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog and through the links in this article.

My goal is to provide you with a good foundation of the options for Breast Enhancement, but web sites cannot substitute for an in-person consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

To schedule your personal Breast Augmentation Consultation, call (925) 943-6353 or use the contact form in the margin.