The Efficacy of Breast Augmentation: Breast Size Increase, Patient Satisfaction, and Psychological Effects

  title={The Efficacy of Breast Augmentation: Breast Size Increase, Patient Satisfaction, and Psychological Effects},
  author={Vernon Leroy Young and Jane Riolo Nemecek and Daniela Nemecek},
  journal={Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery},
In this study designed to quantify the degree of breast enlargement produced by augmentation mammaplasty, 112 women who underwent breast augmentation were interviewed. The size increase that typically resulted from various implant volumes was measured by comparing preoperative and postoperative bra sizes. For the study group as a whole, the average increase was two bra sizes (either increased cup size or a combination of increased cup size and chest circumference), regardless of the implant… 
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