David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253

“Fantastic Four” of Breast Procedures Leave Women Extremely Satisfied

Breast lift and other enhancement surgeries are very gratifying for our Cookeville and Knoxville, TN, patients. That satisfaction is echoed throughout the country, with breast augmentation, breast lift (mastopexy), combination lift/augmentation, and breast reduction achieving high satisfaction rates, enhancing self-esteem, and improving quality of life. Moreover, 99 percent of women would have their surgery again, according to a first-of-its-kind study presented at the recent American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting in Chicago.

The study found breast lift and lift/augmentation to have a high level of patient satisfaction that rivals breast augmentation and reduction. “Many studies have shown breast augmentation, and reduction are highly gratifying procedures for women, but until now we’ve had limited information on patient satisfaction for breast lift or combination lift/ augmentation. This data fills in the gap,” said Eric Swanson, M.D., ASPS Member Surgeon and study author. “When the vertical technique is used in the augmentation/lift procedure, patient satisfaction is high.” (Dr. Reath agrees with the study’s findings and uses the vertical technique whenever possible.)

Three hundred twenty-five patients were interviewed about their breast procedures over a 5-year period, with a response rate of 81 percent. Almost all patients, 99 percent, would have their procedure again, and 91 percent of patients reported improved self-esteem. Overall, patient satisfaction was 96 percent. The average result rating was 9.2 out of 10.

The study also evaluated preferred breast shape, discomfort level, and recovery. Most women preferred a fuller contour at the top of the breast. “Naturally, breasts are fuller towards the bottom, but our study found patients want more fullness on top, which is hardly surprising in view of the purpose of bras,” said Dr. Swanson.

Patients reported using prescription analgesics an average of 5.4 days, resumed driving in 5.8 days, returned to work in 7.5 days, and felt “back to normal” in 27.8 days. Their pain rating was moderate overall, 5.4 out of 10.

You can see some of our patients’ breast lift results in our before-and-after photo gallery. And, if you’re curious about how a breast lift can enhance your shape and self-confidence, request a consultation with Dr. Reath using our online form. Or call us at (865) 450-9253 to schedule an appointment.

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