New US Study Shows breast lift and lift/augmentation have high satisfaction levels
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) will present findings at the Plastic Surgery 2008 conference later in the month showing that the main four breast-related procedures have high satisfaction levels in women.
Breast augmentation, lift, reduction and the surgery combining lift and augmentation all have positive results that improve the quality of life in patients, according to the study, which will be presented at the conference in Chicago (31st October to 5th November 2008).
This is the first research to include the surgeries for breast uplift and the combination lift/augmentation procedures, with previous studies focusing on augmentation and reduction. The results have shown that lift and lift/augmentation have such high levels of success that they in fact rival breast reduction and augmentation.
Eric Swanson, MD, ASPS Member Surgeon and study author pointed out that the new data fills in the gap that previous studies have left behind, “Many studies have shown breast augmentation and reduction are highly gratifying procedures for women, but until now we’ve had limited information on patient satisfaction for breast lift or combination lift/ augmentation”. He points out the satisfaction is high when the ‘vertical’ technique is used in the lift/augmentation procedure.
The study looked at 325 patients. They were interviewed concerning their breast procedures over five years. 99% of the patients would have the procedure again with 91% reporting that they have an improved sense of self-esteem. The overall patient satisfaction came to 96%. The mentioned ‘vertical technique’ was used on all patients.
As well as overall patient satisfaction, the study also explored the preferred breast shape for women, finding that most women liked the fuller contour at the top of the breast – “Naturally, breasts are fuller towards the bottom, but our study found patients want more fullness on top” added Dr Swanson.
He also pointed out that “Prior to breast surgery, women often ask about discomfort level, recovery time, and when they’ll be able to return to normal activities. With this study, we now have the answers, provided by patients themselves.”
Breast uplift involves reshaping the breasts so that they return to a more natural, gratifying shape. It is often used in conjunction with breast enlargement but it can also be perfumed on its own. Patients often undergo the treatment following the adverse effects of aging or childbirth/breast feeding.