The Emotional Effects of Breast Augmentation
By Julio Clavijo-Alvarez M.D. on January 22, 2016
Deciding to have breast augmentation surgery can solicit many different emotions throughout the process, from the preoperative period through recovery. Plastic surgeon Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez has helped countless women feel good about their breasts through his breast augmentation procedures at ReNova Plastic Surgery. He is familiar with the emotional aspects of the process, and is here to help you understand what types of emotions are common for women to have — both before and after surgery.
Emotions That Often Lead to Having Breast Augmentation
A woman who is unhappy with breasts that are smaller than she desired, or that are asymmetrical (where one is larger than the other), may feel insecure and embarrassed; experience low self-esteem and/or intimacy issues; and avoid certain types of clothing and activities. Many women who were once satisfied with their breast size and shape find themselves unhappy with the sagging and “deflating” effects that things like pregnancy and weight loss has had on their once round, firm breasts.
Common Emotions While Adjusting To Your New Body
Just like any life change, it may take some time for you to adjust to your new body — not just physically but emotionally. This process is different for every patient — some have an easier time adjusting, while others experience a rollercoaster of emotions for a short time. These feelings, the result of the body’s reaction to the stress of surgery (a reaction common for any type of invasive surgery, while the body is recovering), are usually temporary, not lasting longer than a few weeks, at the most. Feelings can range from sadness and anxiety to elation. If you feel this way, be assured that it is normal and will pass. If, however, it lasts more than a few weeks, you may wish to see a doctor as this could be a sign of a separate issue, like depression.
Having fully adjusted to their new breasts from breast augmentation, many women report having better self-confidence, which affects every part of their life, from their social life to their personal life, and even on into the bedroom. A small word of caution, however: though loving the look of your new breasts can do wonders for boosting your self-image, it shouldn’t be your sole source of self-esteem. This is why it is so important to have realistic expectations of the surgery beforehand, and not expect it to solve all of your self-esteem problems.
Learn More about Breast Augmentation
Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez offers both traditional breast augmentation (with breast implants) and natural breast enlargement (using fat transfer from a patient’s body) at his practice, ReNova Plastic Surgery. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez, call (412) 638-2391.
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