Thinking of Giving Breast Implants for Christmas?
If you're considering a gift of breast implants this holiday season, there are a few things you need to know.
In 2012, more than 330,000 women in the United States alone decided to undergo breast augmentation surgery. More than 1.5 million women in the world did the same. Who are they, and why?
They aren't just for celebrities
While the media likes to make us think otherwise, a very small percentage of the overall sea of women who get breast implants are celebrities. Actresses and models are put on the spotlight and featured on front pages of magazines and news coverage when they undergo the augmentation, but normal, average women get them more than anyone-- and from all walks of life.
From policewomen to CEOs, teachers and even soldiers, young mothers and nurses alike decide to enhance their bodies with breast implants today.
How old are women who get implants?
Women in their 20s make up 30 percent of those who get breast implants, and they report doing so as a result of self-consciousness regarding their lack of development. Others choose to get the augmentation because they are embarrassed about having asymmetrical or uneven breasts.
Women in their 30s make up 35 percent of overall implant recipients. Many of these women choose to go this route after losing breast volume postpartum. Many even want to re-acquire their pre-pregnancy breast size, or they prefer the fullness that came (and went) during pregnancy.
What is the why factor?
Women choose to undergo the common, cosmetic surgery, whether it be augmentation, lift, or reduction, or even reconstructive surgery after a masectomy, for similar reasons. Many-- in fact, most-- of the women often say that they want a more feminine, natural, and proportional look. They wish for their clothing to fit better to their bodies.
Do they worry about the outcome?
While it's a luxurious reason for procedure [similar to that of teeth-whitening], the women still worry and ask questions prior to the surgery. The questions are mainly regarding safety, durability, and longevity of both saline and silicone gel implants. These are the approved types of implants via the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many mothers worry about ability to breast feed post-implants, and in most cases, the surgery does not interfere with nursing because the milk ducts are not disturbed.