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Physical Attractiveness and Self-Assessment Before and After Breast Augmentation

Rzepa, Teresa PhD*; Grzesiak, Wilhelm PhD; Zaborski, Daniel PhD; Modrzejewski, Andrzej PhD; Pastucha, Maciej MD

doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e31826aeffe
Aesthetic Surgery

Background This study verifies selected opinions on breast cosmetic surgery in the population of Polish women.

Materials and Methods A total of 78 women aged 20 to 48 years were surveyed between 2008 and 2010 before and after breast augmentation surgery using a questionnaire. The χ2 and Wilcoxon signed rank tests were used for statistical analysis. Most were married and single women aged approximately 30 years and residents of large cities.

Results The significance of professional success in the hierarchy of values and the level of self-assessment increased after surgery (P = 0.0000 and 0.0213, respectively). The distribution of responses concerning the expectations of surgery and the evaluation of their fulfillment changed significantly (P = 0.0031). In general, the satisfaction with one’s life after surgery also increased (P = 0.0000).

Conclusions A well-thought-out decision on breast cosmetic surgery positively affects at least several spheres of psychosocial functioning and fulfills most women’s expectations.

From the *Institute of Psychology, The Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poznań; †Laboratory of Biostatistics, West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin; and ‡Laboratory of Surgical and Emergency Nursing, Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin, Poland.

Received May 10, 2012, and accepted for publication, after revision, July 20, 2012.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.

Reprints: Wilhelm Grzesiak, PhD, Laboratory of Biostatistics, West Pomeranian University of Technology, Doktora Judyma 10, 71-460 Szczecin, Poland. E-mail:

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