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Better sex a reason -- albeit not a good one -- for body procedures

Article-Better sex a reason -- albeit not a good one -- for body procedures

Dallas — In the wake of a recent study suggesting that breast augmentation and other body procedures improve sexual satisfaction for a majority of patients, a Dallas plastic surgeon says that shouldn’t be the reason to undergo such treatments.

The study, published in a recent issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, surveyed 330 patients who had had major cosmetic surgery procedures. Eighty percent of breast-augmentation patients and 50 percent of patients having a body procedure reported improvements in their sexual satisfaction. About 70 percent of the patients reported that their partner’s sex life had also improved.

On his Web site, Fred Hackney, M.D., says these reasons aren’t sufficient for patients to opt for such procedures.

“The key to this study is self-esteem,” Dr. Hackney says. “More than 95 percent of people participating in the study reported an improved body image. If a person feels better about their body, you can see how that could improve their sex life.”

Hackney says that raising self-esteem is a good reason for cosmetic surgery.

“If an improved self-image leads to other, unexpected benefits, that’s good,” he say. “But these other benefits shouldn’t be the deciding factor.”

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