The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s peer reviewed Aesthetic Surgery Journal this month published new data from a study on the impact of cosmetic surgery on a woman’s body image and by extension, her sexual health.
Aesthetic Surgery Journal today released new data from a study on the impact of aesthetic plastic surgery on body image and sexual satisfaction. Women who undergo common elective cosmetic surgery procedures not only feel better about their bodies, but also have higher degrees of satisfaction with their sex lives, including ability to orgasm. Women in the study who had undergone aesthetic procedures were more sexually satisfied, reported that their partners were more sexually satisfied, dressed to enhance their new figures, and were apt to try more and different sexual activities post-surgery. The greatest benefits were seen in women who had breast augmentation/breast lift and/or body contouring procedures. The study was published in the January/February 2006 issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the peer-reviewed publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
Who didn’t know that a woman’s body image would affect her and her partner’s sex life? Was there ever a question? This does come from an organisation that “is the only plastic surgery organization devoted entirely to the advancement of cosmetic surgery”. Obviously this is a very self-serving study; however that doesn’t make it untrue – just a waste of money.
Body image is something women struggle with. I know many women are not comfortable with their bodies. Some worry what their partner is thinking about their body and that makes sexual satisfaction very difficult to achieve. If you don’t like your body you won’t think he does either, but if you have a positive body image then you’re going to assume he feels the same. You’ll relax, he’ll respond, wham, bam – better sex. There’s no mystery there.
You don’t need something as drastic as plastic surgery to feel better about how your partner views your body. It’s time to talk to our partners about how we feel about our bodies and how they feel about our bodies. I think you’ll find that he isn’t thinking how big your thighs are, or that you have love handles, or is wishing your breasts where bigger. Women aren’t thinking about the size of a man’s thighs, or his love handles during sex. Why would he be thinking about that?
Let’s face it, men are simple creatures. As long as your thighs are open, he’s a happy camper. And as for your breasts, men may state a preference but really they’re happy with whatever they get. And if he does state a preference, maybe you should, too. I’ll bet he’ll find he isn’t as all that as he thought he was. Besides, if a man can’t love your body for the body it is and the person it belongs too, he isn’t worth it.