SOURCE: LocateADoc


May 01, 2012 13:31 ET

Study Reveals Tummy Tucks Also Help Boost Self-Esteem, Quality of Life

In the Latest Issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a Study Revealed That Patients Receiving the Tummy Tuck Procedure Experienced an Improved Sense of Self-Esteem

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - It might seem to be a given that undergoing cosmetic surgery can lift a person's spirits and improve her self-image, but now there's science behind that belief: the vast majority of patients reported an improved sense of self-esteem and quality of life.

Plastic surgeon Eric Swanson, M.D., of Leawood, Kan., conducted a study that evaluated the quality of life for 360 patients undergoing liposuction or tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) to remove excess fat. The average age of the patients participating in the study was 42 years old, and 85 percent of the participants were women. Overall, 86 percent of the patients reported an improved sense of self-esteem, and 70 percent reported improved quality of life.

About 60 percent of the participants underwent liposuction alone, while 35 underwent a combination of liposuction and a tummy tuck. The remaining study participants underwent a tummy tuck alone. Outcomes of the study were assessed approximately four months after surgery.

"Liposuction and abdominoplasty, individually and in combination, produce high rates of patient satisfaction and reliably improve self-esteem," wrote Dr. Swanson. Of the participants surveyed, 98 percent of the patients who underwent liposuction and abdominoplasty said they would undergo the procedure again, and 99 percent of them would recommend the procedures to others.

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Making the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery takes research, medical evaluation and time to explore options. With concrete evidence that cosmetic surgery can deliver a better quality of life and higher self-esteem, women should take the time to find the right doctor for their cosmetic procedures. is a premier online physician directory connecting you with more than 150,000 doctors in specialties such as Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, Bariatric, IVF, Hair Restoration, LASIK and Cosmetic Dentistry.

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