Can breast augmentation increase a woman's self-esteem?
Many studies suggest that the psychological outcomes for most patients who choose breast augmentation do include improved self-esteem and body image, even though the reasons for having the procedure vary. At Missouri’s West County Plastic Surgeons, we often find that patients who request breast augmentation in St. Louis have low self-esteem related to breast appearance, and many report feeling deformed or abnormal. Nearly half of our patients have a condition called micromastia, or underdeveloped breasts, so their chest may resemble that of a pre-pubescent male. Others may have asymmetrical breasts or sagging, deflated breasts due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast augmentation can improve self-esteem by helping women feel more confident and satisfied about how their body looks.
Whatever the reason for wanting implants, patients must understand that breast augmentation may increase self-esteem, but only if they carefully weigh the risks and benefits of the procedure and have realistic expectations of outcomes, costs, potential complications, and the future need for implant replacement. Choosing a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the initial procedure improves a patient’s chances of excellent outcomes and decreases the possibility of complications or unsatisfactory aesthetic results. For board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Terry Myckatyn and Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum, your satisfaction and safety are their primary concerns. They have years of training and experience to help you determine whether breast implants are right for you.
If you are ready to start feeling more self-assured about your appearance, schedule a consultation at West County Plastic Surgeons to discuss breast augmentation and self-esteem with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. Contact our St. Louis office today by phoning (314) 996-8800, requesting your consultation online, or emailing us.