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How have celebrities affected people’s decisions to get breast surgery?

Dr. Amanda J. Morehouse, MD
Critical Care Surgeon

Celebrities have affected people’s decisions to get breast surgery by empowering women. They see that a strong, successful, beautiful woman has a mastectomy and still looks fabulous and still stars in movies. Some people call this the Angelina Jolie effect. Being in the main stream media and not having negative connotations or being stigmatized is empowering for women, especially when they need to have a mastectomy. It also has had some negative effects. People may think that they have to have a mastectomy when in fact they still have options. In some cases a lumpectomy may be preferred. Women don’t always have to have a mastectomy. But overall it's great for women to see that they can still have normal life if they have to have a mastectomy.

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