Fashion has an intimate relationship with the body, and the ability to make your style work for you is connected to your self-esteem. For some, attitude is enough; for others, reshaping one’s body and physical appearance - through diet, exercise, make-up, hair styles, or sometimes cosmetic surgery - produces the pride and confidence to pull off even the most outrageous looks. Many fashion designers have attempted to give the illusion of recreating, hiding, or improving self-perceived deficits in the female body with corsets, shapers, shoulder pads, padded bras, and even butt pads. But what if you could spare yourself the risk of a wardrobe malfunction while wearing one of these artificial enhancers, avoid a potential partner’s disappointment when the fashion proves only to be masking your weakness, and give yourself a confidence boost in the process?
Why Breast Augmentation Surgery?
For many women, breast augmentation surgery has been the answer. Surgical procedures and available implants have improved substantially since they were first introduced. Breast implants are about more than going from an A to double D cup size (although that might work for you!); they can help you create a look—a type of body fashion—that works for you. Implants come in more than 140 shapes and styles, which means that you have a lot of options to choose from when creating the right look for you. Now imagine how much fun it would be to show off more than just your fashionable swimsuit next summer.
Types of Implants and Surgery
Implants include silicone and saline types. Saline implants may be pre-filled or may be filled following surgery whereas silicone gel implants come pre-filled. Both types have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) although there are age restrictions if the surgery is happening for cosmetic reasons. A woman must be 18 years old to choose saline implants and 22 years old to opt for silicone implants; these age restrictions do not apply if the surgery is a breast reconstruction after an injury or mastectomy (breast removal usually because of cancer). Depending on the type of implant, surgery, and other factors, the implant may be placed below or above the pectoral muscle (below breast tissue in the latter). Again, based on the type of implant, the incision may be made under the breast, under the areola, or near the armpit. There are risks and benefits to all of these decisions so you should discuss these choices with your doctor.
The Next Step
If you’ve thought about breast enlargement in the past, getting informed is an important first step. You can learn more on the FDA’s website.