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    Do Breast Implants Boost Women's Sex Lives?

    Small study suggests they might, but critic says other factors may be at work

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    Nine women with stretch marks following their plastic surgery did not report any improvement. Stretch marks can occur if the implant is significantly larger than the original breast was, according to the ASPS.

    The findings are to be presented this week at the ASPS annual meeting in San Diego. The data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

    Reath said he wasn't surprised by the findings.

    "When I see patients and follow up, a lot of them will say 'My husband and I or my boyfriend and I are having a lot of fun.' Why not? It's an important part of life," he said.

    Roberts also was not surprised, but for different reasons.

    "Here are 45 women who spent a great deal of time and money and effort augmenting their breasts because the media has clearly convinced them their breasts are inadequate, so we shouldn't be surprised they are pleased with the breast augmentation," she said.

    "We further shouldn't be surprised that they are pleased in the arena of their sexuality," Roberts continued. "Feminine heterosexuality is very much about our sense of whether or not we are pleasing our partner, and here we have 45 women who have spent a great deal of money to that purpose. If these breasts are now pleasing to their male partners, then they are likely to feel more sexually attractive."

    She said the study might have been more interesting had it also included some more practical questions related to their new breasts -- for example, related to their ability to breast-feed or their comfort while jogging.

    "There are a lot of other things breasts are a part of. This is an indication that in our Victoria's Secret culture, breasts are for men. They are for men's pleasure," she said.

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