Breast Reduction Proven to Boost Self-Esteem

Breast reduction success for leveraging self-esteem was identified through a recent study that measured self-esteem by The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and Rolland-Morris which is well-respected in the U.S. The study’s lead author was Miguel Sabino Neto, MD, Ph.D., a Brazilian plastic surgeon and involved one hundred patients. The study results were published by the Aesthetic Surgery Journal July/August 2008 and noted a significant improvement in self esteem, lack of discomfort and functional capacity advancements when compared with their experiences prior to surgery. Concerns expressed by women seeking breast reduction include:

  • Emotional complaints, including anxiety and depression.
  • Low self esteem.
  • Social and sexual inhibition.
  • Disappointment due to challenges associated with daily activities.
  • Discomfort and pain in the shoulders, back, and surrounding area.
  • Skin rashes and conditions.

The breast reduction study results are just another example of the impact that plastic surgery can have on many aspects of life. In earlier days, the only clear benefit from procedures like breast reduction that had been defined was in the improvement of appearance, physical discomfort, and functionality. Today, the plastic surgery community has learned a lot more about breast reduction. In addition, breast reduction techniques and products have been further developed to improve scarring. There are compression garments, a host of creams and gels, silicone and hydrogel sheets, laser surgery, breast reduction scar surgery, and permanent make up for scarring. In some cases today, certain incisions can be omitted. The plastic surgery community also now has documentation of the improvements to self-image, daily social situations, and sex for women that have undergone breast reduction. The outcome of overall improved quality of life is another advantage that can be realized through procedures like breast reduction.


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