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Regarding “The effect of cosmetic surgery on mental self-image and life satisfaction in women undergoing breast augmentation: An intermediate role of evaluating the surgery as one of the most important life events”

Published:November 21, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2022.10.017
      We read with interest the article titled “The effect of cosmetic surgery on mental self-image and life satisfaction in women undergoing breast augmentation: An intermediate role of evaluating the surgery as one of the most important life events”.
      • Wojtkowska A
      • Zaborski D
      • Modrzejewski A
      • Pastucha M.
      The effect of cosmetic surgery on mental self-image and life satisfaction in women undergoing breast augmentation: An intermediate role of evaluating the surgery as one of the most important life events.
      We commend the authors for their work examining the interaction between patient's perceptions of their own life and the importance of surgery, with postoperative satisfaction. This work translates to all areas of medicine. A better understanding of the impact of healthcare in a patient's perception of their life will improve management of patient expectations, engagement with healthcare and quality of the patient journey. We agree with the authors that understanding patients' self- image and surgical expectations can improve outcomes but wonder whether a few changes to their study design could have given greater weight to their conclusions.

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