INTRODUCTION: The breasts are symbol of femininity, motherhood and sexuality. Breast augmentation is the second most performed cosmetic surgery in Brazil, and it is related to improvement of body image, self-esteem and quality of life. Sexuality is a significant component of quality of life. The female sexual quotient questionnaire (FS-Q) was validated as an evaluation tool for sexuality, and it is used to evaluate the impact of many treatments for sexual health. The questionnaire entails 10 questions, which assess four domains of sexuality: sexual desire, sexual arousal, comfort and sexual satisfaction. To evaluate sexuality after breast augmentation.
METHODS: We selected 47 patients with interest in breast enlargement. During treatment patients completed the FSQ questionnaire before and after 2, 4 and 18 months of the surgery. The surgical technique used was the same for all patients: inframammary incision, subglandular pocket, round implant, volume 260 to 325 mL. There were four groups: with or without stable relationship, and with or without striae.
RESULTS: A total of 45 patients were considered for the study. Patients' mean age was 26 years. Complications observed were: symmastia (1), galactorrhea (1), and striae distensae(10). Significant improvement was observed between the total FSQ score at preoperative, 4 months (p = 0.001), and postoperative, 18 months (p = 0.001), and also related with the significant increase in arousal scores (p < 0.001), and sexual satisfaction (p = 0.001). Patients with striae did not show significant improvement in sexuality (p = 0.627), differently of patients without striae (p < 0.001). No significant difference in sexuality was seen between the group with or without stable relationship.
CONCLUSION: Sexuality increases significantly after breast augmentation.
Keywords: Sexuality; Breast; Mammaplasty; Quality of life.