A breast augmentation typically improves a woman's sense of femininity, which can boost her own feelings of sexuality. Although the priority for most women is an improved body image, almost half report a positive effect on their romantic life. Their breasts are no longer a source of feelings of inadequacy, but a source of feminine pride and enjoyment. One patient told me after her breast augmentation, "This is how a woman is supposed to look." It is an appreciation she experiences every day, looking in the mirror, putting on clothing, shopping for clothing, wearing an evening gown, and fitting a bathing suit.
Women have told me they have developed a new appreciation of their breasts and have a different attitude after breast augmentation. Many are more open and confident about their sexuality. They may wear clothing that they hadn't considered before. They seem to stand taller and exude more confidence. One of the pleasures of being a plastic surgeon is having these women come back and tell me how delighted they are and what a difference it has made.