Though the reasons women seek breast augmentations vary, psychological benefits are the primary umbrella of factors. Increasing one’s self-confidence by improving an area of the body that one is most concerned about has great potential to positively impact daily life.
In a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, by Surgeon Dr. Eric Swanson, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Swanson wrote: “When asked about psychological effects, 92 percent of women reported improved self-esteem after breast augmentation and 64 percent reported an improved quality of life.”
When it comes to your psyche, you are the only one who can make the judgement regarding whether or not breast augmentation will positively impact your confidence and self-image. Choosing to opt for this cosmetic enhancement should not only be measured by how you see yourself in the mirror, however. Consider these four questions to determine if a breast augmentation can lead to positive psychological benefits in your life.
Are small breasts the reason you shy away from activities like working out or going to the pool?
Low self-confidence and embarrassment about an aspect of one’s body can limit participation in situations where that person perceives their flaws will be noticed. Sports bras flatten breasts and bikinis often showcase the chest, creating anxiety for women who are particularly concerned with their smaller or unbalanced breast size. If participation in normal activities is limited specifically due to how you feel about your chest, a breast augmentation may give you the confidence needed to become a more active and social individual.
Is your sex life limited by how you feel about your breasts?
An article published by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, titled “Survey Finds Breast Augmentation Surgery Benefits More Than Just Breast Size,” looked at data collected by an online community called RealSelf.com. The study found that, “… 34 percent of those who had undergone these procedures [breast augmentation, breast lift] reported an overall increase in satisfaction with their sex life. In addition, 61 percent of those surveyed said that they had sex more frequently after their breast augmentation or breast lift surgery and 70 percent of respondents said their overall sex life satisfaction improved after undergoing one of these procedures.”
Do you feel self-conscious in professional situations because of your breast size?
Low self-confidence due to self-image concerns may affect your success in the workplace. A lack of self-esteem can negatively impact your performance, particularly in situations where you’re required to direct others or give presentations. The way you feel about yourself is vital in portraying a confident demeanor in professional settings.
In an article titled “Business: Confidence Matters in the Corporate World,” by Jim Taylor, published in Psychology Today, Taylor writes, “… confidence impacts every other psychological contributor to performance in business. If you’re confident, you’re going to be motivated, relaxed, focused, and have mostly positive emotions. In contrast, if you lack confidence, you will likely feel unmotivated, stressed, distracted, and experiencing mostly negative emotions.”
No, Taylor does not discuss breast augmentations as a confidence booster, but if your breast size hinders other aspects of life where confidence is key, it’s no stretch that the same benefits may apply in the workplace.
Are you seeking a breast augmentation for yourself—not others?
Most importantly, are you considering a breast augmentation for the right reasons? Striving to look like someone else, impress others or achieve a level of perfection are not only poor reasons for cosmetic procedures, they are more likely to lead to disappointment. Analyze your true reasons for wanting a breast augmentation and be sure your expectations are realistic.
At the end of the day, keep in mind that breast augmentation is not a fix-all for low self-esteem. Deep-rooted psychological troubles are not reversed by cosmetic surgery. But for those who identified with the factors discussed above, your confidence may benefit greatly from a breast augmentation.
Visit Stiller Aesthetics to learn more about breast augmentation procedures, view before and after photos, and schedule a consultation.