Unsurprisingly, breast augmentation is the top cosmetic surgery performed today. In 2007 alone, close to 350,000 women underwent the surgery according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
This particular cosmetic surgery has come a long way and patients can now expect to make well-informed decisions on whether to get the surgery or not. Still, breast augmentation is no simple surgery and it does come with some preparation on the patient’s part, both mentally and physically.
The first step in getting any cosmetic surgery is deciding whether you truly need it. Here are some common reasons why women decide to undergo breast augmentation surgery:
Micromastia, also known as breast hypoplasia, is when post-pubescent women’s breasts are underdeveloped. Just as it’s hard to define what “normal size” breasts may be, there’s no one definition for what’s “too small.” The condition could be subjective due to women’s self-imposed body image and the need to conform to societal ideals.
But in many cases, underdeveloped breasts are legitimate concerns for women who feel like they have a prepubescent boy’s chest. They suffer from a negative body image issue and seemingly normal activities like clothes shopping become challenging.
Whether one breast is a B-cup and the other is a D-cup, or the difference is more or less miniscule like half a cup, women with asymmetrical breasts cannot ignore this difference.
When you think about it, you would probably notice asymmetry in your body parts too; for example, one of your legs can be just a tiny bit shorter than the other one.
This kind of difference is not something that can be brushed aside. It causes all sorts of inconvenience, from finding the right bra to shopping for normal clothes or a bathing suit.
Moreover, women with asymmetrical breasts often report truly feeling like they have a deformity. This kind of negative body image issue is unhealthy and in the end, breast augmentation may be their only way out.
Mothers who opt for breast augmentation are a bit different. They may be someone who never had any sort of negative thoughts about their breasts. In other words, they were happy with what they had before they gave birth.
But the process of birthing and breastfeeding changes breasts in many cases. As some mothers describe, their breasts become mere deflated sacks. They may not want to necessarily “increase” their breast size when they consider breast augmentation. They simply want their breasts back the way they used to be: normal.
Not all women who want breast augmentation need to have any specific reason, whether it’s related to medical or self-esteem. There’s nothing wrong with having the surgery because they’d feel good about it, as long as they’re aware of the risks involved and don’t have any other mental or psychological issues.
Breast augmentation may seem common, but it’s still an emotional journey for many women. That’s why it’s important to be informed, do your research, and talk to a lot of people (both medical professionals and others who underwent the same surgery).