New Study Examines Psychological Results of Breast Augmentation

It’s quite common for women considering breast augmentation to wonder about the physical changes in their appearance. “How will I look?” is a common question, and plastic surgeons have several ways of explaining or visually representing the results.

But how will you feel? Will the procedure change the way you think? Doctors in Berlin sought to find out. In a new study, they evaluate the psychological changes that occur after breast augmentation – specifically sub-muscular breast augmentation, a surgery that involves placement of the breast implant beneath the pectoral muscle.

The physicians outlined the following criteria to assess after surgery:

  • Attractiveness and self-confidence
  • Insecurity or anxiety
  • Emphasis placed on physical appearance
  • Sexual discomfort

Using a 100-point scale, they rated the responses of 58 patients who completed a body image questionnaire. The authors reported significant improvements in all areas except insecurity or anxiety, which they say exhibited “next to no change.”

How does sub-muscular breast augmentation work?

During breast augmentation, your plastic surgeon has the option to place the implant above or underneath the pectoral muscle. Either option is effective but in many cases, placement is determined by the patient’s body type.  For example, a petite woman and a muscular woman might be recommended different placement techniques.


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