Breast Augmentation Can Improve A Woman’s Quality of Life: Research Shows Better Psychosocial and Sexual Well-Being

By Christopher Hankins, MD

Breast augmentation has long been a popular procedure among women with asymmetrical breasts, naturally small busts or breasts that have lost volume due to age or childbearing. There are psychological as well as cosmetic benefits to this plastic surgery. Women enjoy a better quality of life and more self-confidence with natural-looking breasts that complement their body shape. Dr. Christopher Hankins is a skilled plastic surgeon offering breast augmentation with the no-touch technique at Premier Plastic Surgery.

Research Shows Better Quality of Life After Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Quality of Life Houston TX

Research studies have evaluated women’s quality of life and satisfaction after breast augmentation using a questionnaire called Breast-Q. A 2020 study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care used Breast-Q as a validation tool to examine the effect of breast enhancement on marital life, satisfaction and overall quality of life. Researchers interviewed 60 married women who had the procedure between April 2014 and April 2015.

Researchers had participants complete the Breast-Q questionnaire before their breast augmentation and again six weeks after the surgery. The women involved reported improvements on all fronts. Married women were more satisfied with their breast appearance and reported improved psychosocial and sexual well-being. Having breasts that they felt matched their body goals and overall figure improved their quality of life and self-confidence.

Breast Augmentation at Premier Plastic Surgery

Dr. Hankins focuses his breast augmentation approach on natural-looking breast enhancement that minimizes risks where possible. He believes the ideal patient is well-informed, well-advised and empowered to make an informed decision for their breasts and body. His extensive experience includes five plastic surgery fellowships in the United Kingdom and the United States under renowned physicians in the field. He plays an active role in research and clinical study, having authored and published 19 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.

When it comes to choosing implant size and other options, Dr. Hankins uses the “High-Five” protocol to determine the best size, type and projection of the breast implant for breast augmentation. This technique considers breast symmetry, skin laxity, skin tissue stretch potential, required breast pocket size, base breast width and the volume needed to fill the breasts. Dr. Hankins doesn’t leave any aspect of breast augmentation to chance, allowing his patients to make sound decisions and reach the best possible outcomes.

Dr. Hankins employs a “no-touch” technique for breast implant placement to reduce the risk of capsular contracture (in which scar tissue forms a capsule around the implant that hardens) by limiting the contact of the inner tissues with surgical gloves and surrounding skin. His conservative and thorough approach to the procedure may improve patient safety and minimize complications.

During your consultation, Dr. Hankins will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each implant option, including placement, type, fill, shape, texture and incision sites. Patients at Premier Plastic Surgery can rest assured they’re in excellent hands with Dr. Hankins’ meticulous approach to breast augmentation and other plastic surgeries.

If you’re interested in breast enhancement, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hankins in Pearland or Houston, Texas. Contact Premier Plastic Surgery at (713) 370-4433 or fill out our online contact form.

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