[Study] Breast Augmentation Enhances Women’s Sexuality and Self-Esteem

Dr. Wigoda Answers the Question: How will breast implants change your life?

By her 18th birthday, Laura Kearney realized “the girls” weren’t growing — but she pushed aside thoughts of breast implants. For eight years, she resisted the pressures of society and the focus on female anatomy. “It’s everywhere in your face,” says Kearney, now 26, in a recent article entitled How Will Breast Implants Change Your Life? on WebMD by Jeanie Lerche Davis. “I felt like less of a woman.” In the end, Kearney finally did it. She tossed the padded bras, opted for silicone breast implants. “It may seem petty to some people, but felt I needed to do something about it. I didn’t get a drastic implant, just one that suited me.”

The results? “I can’t believe how real, how natural they look. I can’t even describe how happy I am.” In fact, Kearny explained that the preparation for breast implant surgery caused her to pursue a healthier lifestyle. “I got into the vitamin regimen, quit smoking. It was a big opportunity for me to be a healthier person. It felt like everything was going in the right direction. It was so exciting.”  This story is not uncommon, the anecdotal evidence is extensive.

“I have seen countless women who start off a bit reserved when I first meet them, come back with big smiles. more confidence, and more outgoing personalities, just a few weeks after their breast implant surgery,” say Dr. Paul Wigoda. “Most patients, and for the most part, the general public, only think about the physical enhancement that implants provide. The fact is, there is a tremendous psychological boost for most patients that is very gratifying to see.”

And now, a study published in Plastic Surgical Nursing by Cynthia Figueroa-Haas, PhD, clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Nursing confirms improvements in the women’s self-esteem and sexual satisfaction can be directly correlated with breast augmentation surgery. Figueroa-Haas used two widely accepted scientific scales to measure self-esteem and sexuality, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and the Female Sexual Function Index, which assesses domains of sexual function, such as sexual arousal, satisfaction, experience and attitudes.

Figueroa-Haas studied 84 women who were 21 to 57 years old, assessing their perceptions of self-esteem and sexuality before and after cosmetic breast augmentation. Here are the results:

– The participants’ average self-esteem score increased from 20.7 to 24.9 on the

30-point Rosenberg scale

– Their average female sexual function score increased from 27.2 to 31.4 on the

36-point index

– Participants reported an average 78.6% increase in sexual desire, an 81% increase in arousal and a 57% increase in sexual satisfaction.

The participants studied did not have particularly low self-esteem or particularly poor sexual function prior to surgery but both aspects of their lives significantly improved after they got breast implants. “They were already OK with self-esteem and sexuality — they just wanted larger breasts,” Figueroa-Haas told WebMD. “They got increased levels of self-esteem and sexuality.”

Figueroa-Haas warned that “women should not view plastic surgery as a cure-all for their self-esteem and sexuality woes but ethical plastic surgeons screen for this type of behavior and rule out potential patients who may have more serious psychological issues.”

If you think your self esteem could use a boost, Dr. Wigoda’s Fort Lauderdale-based plastic surgery center offers both breast augmentation and non-surgical services such as Botox and fillers that could help you to enhance your image and feel younger and rejuvenated.Dr. Wigoda is the Chief of Plastic Surgery of Broward General Medical Center, the primary trauma center for Fort Lauderdale and Broward County. For more information, visit http://www.drwigoda.com.