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Does having breast implants impact the satisfaction a woman experiences in her sex life?
A new study is exploring that question. Researchers assessed 45 women before and after an augmentation procedure and conducted additional follow-up surveys with each subject after four months and then again after 18 months.
More than three-fourths of the participants reported a significant increase in their levels of arousal and satisfaction after the surgery.
However, of the nearly 25 percent who experienced stretch marks following their procedure, these women did not report the same levels of improvements.
“Three-fourths of participants reported
an increase in arousal after augmentation.”
Stretch marks often occur following breast augmentation where the implant is considerably larger than the person’s actual breasts.
While the results were presented earlier this month at a gathering for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, some professionals were torn on their meaning and import.
Some researchers believe this improved satisfaction is tainted, mainly because it represents women merely being more attractive to men.
“Feminine heterosexuality is very much about our sense of whether or not we are pleasing our partner, and here we have 45 women who have spent a great deal of money to that purpose,” said Tomi-Ann Roberts, a professor at Colorado College.
Dr. David Reath, who chairs the public education committee for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, disagrees.
“It’s very common for a woman post-surgery to say she feels more confident, that her outward body now fits her inward persona,” he said. “A lot of them will say ‘My (partner) and I are having a lot of fun.'”