Women who have received breast enhancement surgeries such as augmentation and mastopexy (or breastlift) have reported better sex life and higher satisfaction after the procedures, according to a survey conducted by RealSelf.com, a popular online forum that tackles plastic surgeries and cosmetic treatments.
On average, respondents claimed that breast enhancement surgery have increased their sex life satisfaction by 34 percent, while 61 percent said they had sex more frequently after the procedure.
By contrast, only 7 percent of the respondents said they had fewer sexual encounters after their breast augmentation or breast lift surgery.
On a scale of one to ten, one being the lowest satisfaction rate, patients experienced more than a two-point increase in their overall sex life satisfaction following their breast enhancement surgery.
Before the procedure, the average sex life satisfaction score was 6.07 and then jumped to 8.13 after the surgery.
While about 70 percent of respondents said that their overall sex life has improved, 28 percent said that breast surgery did not change anything.
Currently, the average cost of breast augmentation and breast lift in the US is $6,000 and $10,000, respectively. But despite the procedures’ relatively high price, a number of patients seeking them has increased over the past couple of years.
In the US alone, about 296,000 patients had breast implant surgery in 2010. Meanwhile, it has been estimated that 5 to 10 million people worldwide have augmentation surgery for cosmetic reasons, although a significant number of them also had the procedure to reconstruct their breasts after mastectomy or to transition from male to female gender.
On the other hand, approximately 90,000 breast lift surgeries were performed in the US in 2010 alone.
Dr. Tarick Smaili, one of the leading Los Angeles plastic surgeons, said he is expecting breast enhancements, particularly augmentation surgery, to further increase their popularity in the coming years.
“I think that the changing perception with cosmetic plastic surgery is the main reason why breast enhancements are enjoying their popularity. Considered to be a taboo in the previous years, people are now more open to the idea that we have the freedom and the right tool to modify and improve our physical appearance,” Smaili said.
However, the cosmetic surgeon warned that not all people who want to have some “physical improvements” are good candidates for cosmetic surgeries.
“Of course there are many things to consider. Does she have realistic goals and expectations? Is she physically and psychologically healthy? These are just some of the factors plastic surgeons would have to consider before taking any surgical step, particularly if it involves elective and cosmetic procedures,” Smaili added.