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PSYCHOLOGY OF BREAST IMPLANTS

Posted On: September 02, 2009 Author: The Office of Dr. Stuart Linder Posted In: Breast Augmentation

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BREAST IMPLANTS

Patients arrive to see Dr. Linder weekly for their breast augmentation needs.  Whenever we consider a patient a candidate for implant surgery for elective purposes, it is very important to factor in the psychological aspects of the patient’s desire for this operation.  During the initial consultation, Dr. Linder does a thorough history and physical, as well as a psychological evaluation in his mind of each patient.  Most importantly, we’re looking at patients who have realistic expectations for this operation who have done a significant amount of homework and research on breast augmentation surgery so that this isn’t a spur of the moment life-changing event that may be irreversible.

Body self-image is important to all women from all societies and cultures regardless of being in cities such as Hollywood, Beverly Hills or New York.  Women want to look beautiful no matter where they live in the world and therefore in our practice, as a breast augmentation speciality practice, it is important that Dr. Linder meet with the patient, usually twice, on two separate dates prior to this operation, confirming the validity of the original findings in terms of size, shape, goals and realistic expectations of each woman’s desires.  Psychology and plastic surgery go hand in hand.  Patients have specific reasons which may vary as much as the size and shapes of the implants.  It is not uncommon that patients are seen who are on antidepressant medications in our practice.  If necessary, a psychiatric evaluation or psychiatric clearance may be required as deemed necessary by the plastic surgeon.

In general, after having performed thousands and thousands of breast augmentations and breast revision surgeries, Dr. Linder believes that breast implants in general have greatly enhanced the self-esteem of women on whom he operates throughout the world.  Dr. Linder will continue to perform this operation and at the same time critique the patient’s goals and hopefully fulfill desires from this operation.