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Most Plastic Surgery Patients Are Happy with Results

Majority of German survey respondents say they would do it again

MONDAY, Aug. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who have aesthetic plastic surgery show significantly increased postoperative satisfaction with their health and with their appearance, according to study findings published in the August issue of the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.

Nlkolaos A. Papadopulos, M.D., of the Technical University of Munich in Germany, and colleagues asked 228 patients (91 percent female; 72 percent younger than 45) to respond to one preoperative and two postoperative questionnaires regarding their subjective evaluations of their surgical experience and of their quality of life. More than 50 percent of the procedures were breast surgeries.

In both postoperative surveys at three months and six months, patients reported significant improvements in satisfaction with health and appearance, although they did not report any improvement in their "general satisfaction" with life. Among respondents at the six-month postoperative period, 68 percent stated they were satisfied or very satisfied with the aesthetic result of their operations, and 84 percent said they would undergo the same treatment again.

"The results of our study confirmed the hypothesis that surgery evokes positive changes in quality of life," the authors conclude. "The patients do not profit through the operation in their friendships, families or relationships. They rather feel healthier and more satisfied with their appearance."

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