03 May 2012

According to a new study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), patients that undergo the cosmetic procedures liposuction and/or abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck) benefit from higher levels of self-esteem and a better quality of life. The study was included in the April issue of ‘Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’. The results found that those undergoing both liposuction and abdominoplasty reported the best benefits, despite the fact that these surgeries take longer to recover from and can be more painful than other procedures.Dr Eric Swanson, a Kansas-based plastic surgeon and an ASPS Member, headed up the study and evaluated 360 patients in total. Of these patients, 60 per cent underwent liposuction, 35 per cent underwent both liposuction and abdominoplasty and five per cent underwent abdominoplasty. The results showed that 86 per cent of Dr Swanson's patients felt that their self-esteem had improved following surgery and 70 per cent believed that their quality of life had also increased. Dr Swanson asked the patients to rate the outcome of their surgery and the average was revealed to be nine out of 10 for abdominoplasty patients and 8 out of 10 for tummy tuck patients. Those that had both procedures performed at the same time rated an astonishing 99 per cent cosmetic satisfaction score. The study is one of the first to assess patients’ quality of life levels following surgery, which is becoming an increasingly important factor in plastic surgery nowadays. Liposuction and abdominoplasty are two of the most commonly carried out procedures in the USA and it is hoped that the study will shine a light on patients’ cosmetic results and recovery times. Has your quality of life improved since having cosmetic surgery?