Women who have breast augmentation surgery or boob jobs for cosmetic reasons tend to do so because they aren't happy with their original size.


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While some of us are in the camp that you should just make do with what nature has given you (but then arguably we wouldn't have Ru Paul), it's not surprising that they feel a surge of confidence after the plastic surgery.

And, an even better side effect, researchers have found, is that they have a much more improved sex life.

However, experts can't agree whether it's because of an increase in body confidence, or because the women have spent the money on themselves.

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Dr Paulo Guimaraes led a team of Brazilian researchers,reported The Daily Mail, and it involved 45 women who planned to undergo breast implant surgery.

They were asked to fill out a questionnaire before the surgery that looked at their sexual desire, arousal and sexual satisfaction. They then filled in the questionnaire again two, four and 18 months after surgery.

Apart from nine women who developed stretch marks after the surgery, the other 36 women who did not develop stretch marks after surgery said they had experienced improved levels of arousal and were more satisfied with their sex lives.

Psychologist Tomi-Ann Roberts, professor of psychology at Colorado College and a member of the American Psychological Association's task force on the sexualization of girls says that it is because women are spending money on themselves.

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Philly.com reported the professor as saying: "When we have exerted a great effort, spent a great deal of money and effort and time on something, we tend to justify that effort. Our good feeling is increased because of the effort, not the thing itself."

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However, reported HealthDay, others feel differently.

"I think that the female breast is a very important part of a woman's body, in terms of how a woman feels about herself in public, how her clothes fit and how she feels about herself sexually," said Dr. David Reath, chair of the public education committee of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). "It's very common for a woman post-surgery to say she feels more confident, that her outward body now fits her inward persona."

So who should we believe? We spoke to cosmetic surgeon Mr Miles Berry, co-author of The Good Boob Bible, who says: "The fact you can't get a standard answer indicates that we don't know. Women are rather complex creatures - men are much simpler - and this shows that some women fulfill some of those answers, neither are completely correct and neither are wrong.

"It is immensely complicated business and even if you have the most perfect breasts after surgery, you can still be miserable with them. And then sometimes we can look at the pictures and we may not like it or think we could have done better, and the client is ecstatic about it."

What is clear is that when it comes to plastic surgery for breasts, motivation is a very important factor. For women who are deeply unhappy with their breasts, surgery may be a way of giving them back that confidence. But for women who have a general dissatisfaction with themselves and for whom body image is a much bigger problem, surgery could make it worse.

"We spend 45 minutes after an initial consultation trying to find this out," says Miles. "Is it about the breast or is it about something entirely different? Sometimes it is so much more psychological.

"We are trying to filter out people with people who aren't going to be unhappy even if they have surgery because it is a risky procedure and we have to ask them those questions."

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  • Amanda Bynes

    In May, Bynes took to Twitter to reveal: "Intouch used a photo from years ago on their cover and I hate it! The reason I've asked all magazines and blogs to stop using old photos of me is I don't look like that anymore! I had a nose job to remove skin that was like a webbing in between my eyes. I wasn't going to tell anyone, but I look so much prettier in my new photos that I don't want old photos used anymore! I'm so sick of magazines and blogs using old photos! I'm so sick of magazines and blogs using old photos! When will they stop? I will never look like that again! Having surgery was the most amazing thing for my confidence!"

  • Courtney Stodden

    18-year-old Stodden went under the knife recently to change her natural C breast to DD's. Her <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/23/courtney-stodden-breast-augmentation-video_n_3486954.html" target="_blank">surgery was filmed and posted on the Internet </a>for all the world to see.

  • Kris Jenner

    She had plastic <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/25/kris-jenner-breast-implants-boob-job_n_2187940.html" target="_blank">surgery before Kim Kardashian's wedding and also had her second breast augmentation</a> on Season 7 of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians."

  • Bruce Jenner

    The former Olympian <a href="http://www.accesshollywood.com/bruce-jenner-and-family-on-his-plastic-surgery_article_20573" target="_blank">opened up to "Access Hollywood" in 2009</a> about the nose job and partial face-lift he had in 1984. "‘Because you’re Bruce Jenner, Olympic champ [people said], ‘Oh my gosh, you shouldn’t be doing things like that.’ The media kind of went nuts on that stuff,” he said. Jenner later underwent further surgery to correct the previous procedures. “I had it done and not even my close friends knew I had it done,” he revealed. “I mean that’s how good of a job they [did].”

  • Farrah Abraham

    Abrams was not shy about admitting <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/farrah-abraham-topless_n_3479821.html" target="_blank">her recent "adjustments."</a> She had a breast augmentation and "loves her new body," according to her Twitter.

  • Jenelle Evans

    The "Teen Mom" star <a href="http://radaronline.com/photos/janelle-evans-busty-self-portraits/photo/360884/" target="_blank">underwent a breast augmentation back in June. </a> And lucky for her, her boyfriend thinks he's <a href="http://popsoundoff.com/teen-mom-jenelle-evans-boyfriend-disses-her-pre-surgery-bod/" target="_blank">"lucky that she doesn't look like that anymore,"</a> in reference to her pre-surgery body.

  • Alexis Bellino

    Alexis Bellino told the <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/articles/housewife-343427-job-nose.html" target="_blank">Orange County Register</a> she had a nose job.

  • Brandi Glanville

    She <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/29/brandi-glanville-liquid-nose-job_n_3354279.html" target="_blank">revealed on Twitter</a> that she had a breast augmentation.

  • Jwoww

    She has admitted to have breast augmentation surgery, but any work on her face has gone unconfirmed.

  • Kourtney Kardashian

    When she was 22, she got surgery to go from a B-cup to a C-cup. "It was so dumb... I just got the idea in my head one day, and that was that. There was no talking me out of it," said Kardashian in an interview with Us Weekly. (Getty photo)

  • Kathy Griffin

    In her memoir, "Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List," the comedian writes about her very many plastic surgeries, including a nose job, brow lift, Botox injections, dental veneers, chemical hair straightening, chemical peels and liposuction. (Getty photo)

  • Dolly Parton

    Parton has admitted to breast implants, liposuction, under-eye work, fillers, Botox and removing “the pelican pouch” under her chin. In 2012, she told InTouch, "Anybody that’s got the nerve, desire and the money to have surgery, should find a good doctor and just do it."

  • Melanie Griffith

    The actress admits to getting a breast-lift in 1991 after the birth of her second child and having collagen injections to her lips. In 1999 Griffith was quoted in Britain's Mirror saying, "I have been thinking about plastic surgery, but I'm not saying where. Turning 40 is difficult. I often think, 'If only someone could put a zip down the back of me and tighten everything up!'"

  • Patricia Heaton

    The "Everybody Loves Raymond" star and mother of four kids, told People why she underwent a breast lift and tummy tuck: "Vanity. I mean it. Vanity. I had four C-sections and my stomach looked like the map of the world. My breasts were hanging down to here from breastfeeding those babies, and my nipples were like platters. I wanted to fit into the gowns that I finally got to wear."

  • Roseanne Barr

    In September 2003 Roseanne Barr spoke to People about her tummy tuck, nose job, breast reduction and face-lift saying: "I want to get butt implants and a waist. But it's been, like, 10 years since I had anything and I'm kind of scared of it. I'm old and I don't know if I"ll wake up from the anesthetic."

  • Kelly Ripa

    Kelly told a friend, "When all else fails, I get Botox injected right here, right into my forehead, as much as possible." She also <a href="http://www.elle.com/pop-culture/celebrities/kelly-ripa-interview">admitted to getting Botox in her armpits</a> to Elle Magazine.

  • Adrianne Curry

    Adrianne Curry talked to KROQ radio station about her breast augmentation in 2007. The model revealed that after a miscarriage, one of her breasts grew larger than the other, causing a two inch difference in her breast size. Curry underwent surgery to even them out, as it were.

  • Howard Stern

    On his radio show in 2006, Howard Stern admitted to having gotten a nose job and chin lipo.

  • Vienna Girardi

    The "Bachelor" star made no secret about <a href="http://perezhilton.com/2011-07-20-bachelorette-vienna-girardi-gets-a-nose-job">her new nose.</a>

  • George Clooney

    Once on "Oprah" Clooney admitted to having an eye lift ... though the actor claimed later to Esquire magazine that he was just joking.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow

    <a href="http://www.harpersbazaar.com/magazine/cover/gwyneth-paltrow-interview-0513#slide-1" target="_blank">Gwyneth told Harper's Bazaar in 2013</a>, "I won't do Botox again, because I looked crazy. I looked like Joan Rivers!"

  • Sharon Osbourne

    "I wish I'd never had my breasts done the last time," she told New Magazine. "They've put these bloody great bags in that are too f***ing round--it's like a water bed on your chest." (Getty photo)

  • Denise Richards

    "When I was 19, a doctor put in bigger implants than what I asked for. I was in such a hurry to get them that I didn't research my doctor," Richards told Us Weekly. "I just thought because they're a plastic surgeon, they must be good. You have to be your advocate for your own body and ask 100 questions." Later Richards wrote: "At 19 when I first got my breasts done, I wish that I was confident enough with my body to not have had surgery. That is something that I really want to encourage in my daughters, to embrace their healthy body and have confidence. I actually feel more confident in my skin now than in my 20's. Being confident is one of the sexiest qualities a woman can exude." (Getty photo)

  • Jenny McCarthy

    "Me and my friends found a doctor in Arizona that cost about $1,500 to get our boobs done--because they didn't use anesthesia and I didn't know it," McCarthy told WENN. In a later interview with Us Weekly, the former playmate said she was "too young" when she got her implants at 19. (Getty photo)

  • Victoria Beckham

    In an interview with British Vogue, Victoria was asked about the absence of her "torpedo bazookas," to which the former Spice Girl reportedly replied, "gone". (Getty photo)

  • Kimberly Stewart

    In an interview with Now Magazine, Kimberly states her famous father was supportive of his daughter when she had the implants put in at 18, and even more supportive when she decided to get rid of them. She recalls, "He's very supportive of whatever I do. He was just like, 'If you don't feel comfortable, if you don't feel safe, just get them removed.'" (Getty photo)

  • Jenna Jameson

    "When I had implants, I felt uncomfortable," the former porn star told Us Weekly. "I would be shy at the beach. I know it sounds funny, but I'd wear high-necked clothes, unless I was at an adult-film convention. So I thought, 'why don't I be who I am and get my real ones back?'"

  • Tara Reid

    "I was a 34B, but the right one was always bigger than the left," she told Us Weekly. "He gave me Cs, and I didn't want them. At all." (Getty photo)

  • Pam Anderson

    Anderson has had multiple breast augmentations.

  • Jamie Lee Curtis

    “I’ve had a little plastic surgery. I’ve had a little lipo. I’ve had a little Botox. And you know what? None of it works. None of it,” <a href="http://www.more.com/news/womens-issues/jamie-lee-curtis-true-thighs?page=2" target="_blank">Curtis revealed to More magazine in 2002.</a> "Ten years ago, before anybody did that, I had fat taken from underneath my eyes because I was on a movie and I was puffy. And I remember the cameraman saying, ‘I can’t shoot her now.’ I remember being mortified. And yet, you know what? Nobody tells you if you take fat from your body in one place, it comes back in another place," she added.

  • Ashlee Simpson

    When rumors circulated that Simpson had rhinoplasty in 2006, <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1193063,00.html" target="_blank">her initial response</a> was "Everybody's already saying it, so I just don't talk about it." Her dad then acknowledged the surgery, <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,297925,00.html" target="_blank">telling Fox News</a>, "Girls have their own ideas. Anyway, there was a real problem with her breathing and that was cured." Ashlee later confirmed it to Us Weekly, <a href="http://www.today.com/id/23620386#.UYliMOBhWA0" target="_blank">telling the magazine</a>, “I was never really unhappy with how I looked, (and) I don’t think I am more beautiful than I was (before). I just see the same old goofy girl I see every day.”

  • Heidi Montag

    <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20342923,00.html" target="_blank">According to People</a>, the "Hills" star followed up her 2007 nose job and breast augmentation with a 10-hour series of procedures in 2010 that included a mini brow lift, nose-job revision, chin reduction, neck liposuction, buttock augmentation, among others. "For the past three years I've thought about what to have done," <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20342923,00.html" target="_blank">she told People</a>. "I am absolutely beyond obsessed." She added, "I was made fun of when I was younger, and so I had insecurities, especially after I moved to L.A. People said I had a 'Jay Leno chin'; they'd circle it on blogs and say nasty things. It bothered me. And when I watched myself on The Hills, my ears would be sticking out like Dumbo! I just wanted to feel more confident and look in the mirror and be like, 'Whoa! That's me!' I was an ugly duckling before."

  • Ashley Tisdale

    The "High School Musical" star <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20174328,00.html" target="_blank">opened up about her nose job to People in 2008</a>, and the inevitable tabloid criticism that followed, telling the magazine that "people were saying I was 'unveiling my look,' but I was still recovering! That's not what I look like right now." She added, "I think I still look like me."

  • Cher

    "I've had my breasts done. But my breast operations were a nightmare. They were really botched in every way. If anything, they were worse after than before," the "Turn Back Time" singer <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20111940,00.html" target="_blank">told People in 1992.</a>

  • Dianna Agron

    In 2011, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/02/dianna-agron-tells-david-letterman-she-had-her-nose-fixed_n_916488.html" target="_blank">the "Glee" star told David Letterman</a> that she'd had her nose done, after breaking it twice. Of the second fracture, she explained, "I couldn't get it fixed because we were in the middle of doing this concert tour and we were filming. We had a day off and I met up with some of my friends and we were dancing. And again, there was another collision of sorts -- I must be turning too quickly, people don't see me coming or something -- but it's fixed now!"

  • Kenny Rogers

    In 2006, <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1183537,00.html" target="_blank">the singer-songwriter told People, </a>"Last year I had so many lines coming in at the side of my eyes up here. So I went in and got my eyes done, and I’m not happy about it. (The surgeon) is going to go in and fix that for me. They’re too tight around the eyelids for me. It drives me crazy. "

  • Joan Rivers

    In a 2010 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rivers discussed her notorious penchant for plastic surgery, <a href="http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/06/18/joan-rivers-talks-about-plastic-surgery-hecklers-and-her-new-documentary-joan-rivers-a-piece-of-work/" target="_blank">telling the magazine, </a>"Babies respond to pretty faces. So stop telling everyone it’s okay not to be pretty! If you can fix it, fix it! If it makes you happier. I love to look in the mirror and say, 'For 77, you look good.' That’s all. I don’t care what anyone says. Not bad for 77." In a 2012 interview with Anderson Cooper, <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/fashion/joan-rivers-haven-739-plastic-surgeries-e-comedian-joked-new-weekend-article-1.1018711" target="_blank">the "Fashion Police" host joked</a>, "Every weekend I just go in and I do something new. I get a tenth one free. It's a little like coffee, you just keep going."

  • Jennifer Grey

    <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/tv/features/jennifergrey.htm" target="_blank">In a 1999 Washington Post interview</a>, the "Dirty Dancing" star explained the decision to poke fun at her <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-style/news/jennifer-grey-looks-the-same-she-did-in-1987-2010309" target="_blank">botched nose job</a> while playing a version of herself on the short-lived sitcom "It's Like, You Know ...." "I decided to make fun of this, to make my fiasco become my reality," she explained. "After all, it's not cancer, and it's absurd that just a nose job could wreak such havoc."

  • Tori Spelling

    "I admit to having a nose job, but that's all.... I lost my baby fat, and people said I had work done," <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20140945,00.html" target="_blank">Spelling said in 2000, according to People. </a>

  • Courtney Love

    In 2007, Love acknowledged a nose job on her website, writing that she had her "old nose" back. "I hated that nosejobby nose, it was like a little beak," <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20016348,00.html" target="_blank">she wrote, according to People. </a>"[It] looks like the one god gave me so im happy not to have crazy lips and a crazy teensy unnatural little nose."

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