Two-person screening of mental well-being before primary breast augmentation: Can we do more?

Montemurro, Paolo, Cheema, Mubashir, Khoda, Ben, Pellegatta, Tommaso and Hedén, Per (2020) Two-person screening of mental well-being before primary breast augmentation: Can we do more? Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS. ISSN 1878-0539.

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Patients choosing aesthetic surgery are asymptomatic individuals opting for surgery. Psychologists and surgeons have been interested in identifying characteristics of these individuals' preoperative as well as postoperative psychological changes. It was identified that a small number of patients have a primary issue with self-body image, which resulted in altered perceptions and attitudes such that the preoccupation with perceived deficiencies continued even after surgery. The recommended course is to attempt to screen for the patients' mental well-being, as surgery alone does not improve the patients' symptoms. In the first author's practice, each prospective patient is reviewed by two individuals on separate occasions in order to discuss surgery and assure their mental and physical suitability. However, we encountered four patients who exhibited a strong negative reaction to their new shape, to the point that it necessitated explanation in the immediate postoperative phase in two of them. To our knowledge, this situation has not been described in the literature. We discuss the available literature as well as our consent process for breast augmentation. The first author has since introduced BREAST-Q to assess general patient well-being in the pre- and post-operative phases as a result of this experience. We also discuss the results for each of its domains and offer our thoughts about the management of such a situation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WLM Psychology
WP Gynaecology. Women’s health
Divisions: Planned IP Care > Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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Depositing User: Mrs Yolande Brookes
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2020 16:58
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2020 16:58

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