A prospective outcome study conducted in behalf of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows that 98 percent of women who underwent breast augmentation surgery say the results met or exceeded their expectations. Participants narrated their satisfaction in several areas, including recovery time, complications, and psychological benefits.
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During recovery period, the women reported an average pain score of 5.9 in a 10-point scale. Generally, they used pain medication for just five days and started going to work seven days after surgery. All in all, the patients felt that they were back to normal within 25 days following the surgery.
In terms of complications, a number of the women said they felt numbness of the nipples, but only a handful confirmed that the numbness persisted. Additionally, the complication rate was only minimal.
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Psychologically speaking, the after-effects of breast augmentation included improved self-esteem and quality of life. In fact, 92 percent of the respondents affirmed that they’ve become more confident, and 64 percent reported a better quality of life.
Patient satisfaction is the most important gauge of success when it comes to breast augmentation and other types of plastic surgery. The ASPS study serves as an invaluable reminder that the patient’s perspective is as important as that of the surgeon’s.
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