In just a span of 50 years, the answer has changed dramatically worldwide. Experts ascribe the steep increase to a combination of breast augmentation and a surge in western obesity rates.
Source: Transform Medical Group
In just a span of 50 years, the answer has changed dramatically worldwide. Experts ascribe the steep increase to a combination of breast augmentation and a surge in western obesity rates.
Source: Transform Medical Group
Here’s a handy guide to breast augmentation recovery times, courtesy of MyBreast.org
I wrote an essay for xoJane.com that ignited a lot of discussion:
There aren’t many mainstream media articles that put women who elect to have cosmetic surgery in a positive light. I’m trying to change that – and appreciate your reading and sharing with anyone you think may be intrigued!
For women who are getting a breast augmentation and want children down the road, the ability to breastfeed is often a concern. Board-certified San Antonio plastic surgeon Elizabeth Harris, MD sheds professional light on this issue for us below. Thanks, Dr. Harris!
Women who undergo breast augmentation often share a common concern about breastfeeding: they fear that they will not be able to breastfeed future children due to scarring and other complications resulting from surgery on their breasts. There is some justification for this fear, but there is no reason to assume that breast augmentation rules out future breastfeeding.
THE GOOD NEWS
The truth is that many women manage to breastfeed their children after breast augmentation without a great deal of trouble. This is especially true of women whose cosmetic surgeon uses one of two approaches to breast surgery. Axillary incisions and crease incisions underneath the breast cause few, if any, complications with regard to breastfeeding.
Axillary incisions are popular for several reasons. These incisions are made through the armpit. Due to their location in the armpit, they do create noticeable scar tissue but the patient’s breasts retain their whole appearance and do not lose any function in the area of breastfeeding.
Inframammary incisions are made under the fold or crease of the breast. They can be noticeable, depending on the resulting contour and shape of the breast. However, they also have very little impact on a woman’s ability to breastfeed.
There are certain approaches to breast augmentation, however, that do create complications for women hoping to be able to breastfeed children in the future. For example, the periareolar incision is very popular because it uses the border of the nipple to disguise the incision. One key result of this approach, though, is damage to the tissue that is most critical to breastfeeding. The breast becomes engorged with milk as expected, but the exits are obstructed. This can be a painful experience for mothers.
Women who wish to have and breastfeed children in the future shouldn’t feel like they have to choose between breast augmentation and breastfeeding. The important thing is to educate yourself about the possible approaches and the likely results of those methods with a board-certified surgeon who can best guide you. It is possible to have the best of both worlds!”
–Dr. Elizabeth Harris, MD, San Antonio, Texas, USA
YouBeauty.com reports that in an October 2013 study published in the journal Sex Roles, researchers asked 29 female and 36 male students to examine 10 photos of college-aged women. Using a gaze-tracking device known as EyeLink II, the female participants were observed to look at the other women’s breasts and waists just as long as the male participants did. Check out YouBeauty’ story on the study for more details here.
Are you surprised? I’m not!
CNN Money has a feature today on the growing popularity of giving cosmetic surgery – most notably breast augmentation – as a holiday gift.
“Holiday gift giving has become a staple at many cosmetic surgery practices, and the popularity has grown over the last several years, according to Tom Seery, Founder and CEO of RealSelf.com, a consumer website for patients considering cosmetic procedures.
Seery said that people are widely more accepting of nips and tucks than they used to be, and the fact that it’s become more mainstream makes people more comfortable admitting they want something done.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 15.1 million people had cosmetic procedures in the U.S. in 2013, up 104% from 2000.
“Because of that, cosmetic surgery is much less of an awkward conversation to have around the dinner table,”Seery said.”
After a breast augmentation, your nipple color will remain the same – but the size of the areola may change a bit, depending on how large your implants are.
Source: Transform Medical Group
According to Psychology Today, two psychologists studied the link between financial security and men’s breast size preferences. Nearly 300 men from different socio-economic backgrounds were asked which breast size they found more attractive when viewing a series of animated women with different breast sizes.
The results: Poorer men tended to pick big breasts while those who were wealthier showed a preference for smaller breasts. Evolutionarily speaking, the study even suggests that women’s breast size acts as a “signal of fat reserves, which in turn advertises access to resources.” Err, shall we call them boob-diggers?
Graphic Source: Transform Medical Group
Get this: about 10 percent of all plastic surgery patients in Germany are teenagers under the age of 20 – according to Jens Spahn, the health spokesman for one of Germany’s leading political parties. (The German Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons claims that number is rounded up too high to be accurate.)
“I think it is completely unacceptable to give a 15-year old a breast enlargement as a Christmas present,” he told Der Spiegel. And as such, he’s getting ready to work on a ban on plastic surgery for minors starting next year.
While I agree that teenagers shouldn’t be getting breast augmentation, my reason has less to do with “morals” and everything to do with safety. Women’s breasts don’t reach a “final” size until their 20s, and even after that, factors like pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight gain can still dramatically change your size. Getting a breast augmentation when you’re so young could ultimately end up with a size and shape that you don’t want – so it’s best to wait until after about the age of 21, at minimum!
I however don’t agree with a ban on plastic surgery for minors – there could be compelling emotional and psychological reasons one may want a procedure (like ear pinning or rhinoplasty) at that age, and it should be decided by a board-certified plastic surgeon on a case-by-case basis – not by a flat out ban by government intervention.
What do you think?
Believe it or not, cosmetic surgery is a popular holiday gift. Experts say it’s in due part to being the best time of year for many to undergo the procedures they’ve been wanting.
“Since things tend to slow down workwise in December, the holidays are the perfect time make a tweak and address something that’s been nagging you about your appearance,” says American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery President Edward H. Farrior, MD, FACS. “Holiday breaks offer the downtime you need to rest and recuperate from any procedures, plus the timing allows you to start the New Year fresh.”
So whose getting gifted? According to the survey, two-thirds of the patients are mothers – and most typically in their 40’s.
Whether you’re treating yourself or sharing the gift of beauty with a friend or family member, follow the Academy’s need-to-know tips before selecting a surgeon:
TIP #1: EDUCATE YOURSELF
The best patient is informed. Do your homework on procedures and treatments before visiting the surgeon so you are armed to have an informed conversation when you get there.
TIP #2: SELECT A SPECIALIST
When you select a facial plastic surgeon, you’re putting your trust – or loved one – in that physician’s hands. It is imperative that the surgeon you choose is highly credentialed to ensure the best possible outcome. Always select a board-certified surgeon.
TIP #3: BEWARE OF ONLINE DEALS
While it may be tempting to get a discount on aesthetic procedures, you should always exercise caution with blindly purchasing them. The problem is that it’s potentially dangerous and unethical to sell cosmetic surgery deals without first evaluating the patient. Remember, you don’t want a surgeon who is about the bottom line – but all about your satisfaction and results!
The numbers are in for most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in 2012, and breast augmentation has topped the charts!
The Wall Street Journal covered the news in a recent story, Once Banned, Silicone Breast Implants Make A Comeback.
The WSJ is of course talking about the USA market, which banned silicone implants for years amid safety concerns that mostly had to do with leaking implants and patient health.
But the rest of the world has been continuing to buy silicone implants, with saline rarely an option anywhere else.
People often ask me if I think silicone breast implants are safe. The answer is truly different for every woman, and depends on her comfort level with the idea of silicone.
I personally chose saline implants when I made the decision years ago because peace of mind was important to me. I also liked the saline had a lower incidence rate of capsular contracture, the most common potential complication of breast augmentation that results in hardened breasts.
Yet silicone continues to evolve, and today’s offerings are better than ever before. The safety, feel, and potential lifetime of the implants have all vastly improved – and the next time I have to make the choice, I may consider silicone!
If you’re still trying to decide between silicone and saline, be sure to read Chapter 4 of my eBook, The Boob Job Bible: How To Get A Safe, Sexy Breast Augmentation. I make the choice simple, and dependent on the things that are most important to YOU.
Here’s an opportunity to let a breast augmentation implant manufacturer know what YOU think. Sientra has asked me to post the below info and questions about their brand new anatomical (also known as “teardrop”) implant offering in the USA.
Please answer the questions in bold below in the comments section to have this brand take your thoughts and questions into consideration as they work on creating breast augmentation products that better serve the public’s needs.
Have you ever wondered how breast augmentation evolved?
Read on below to find out, in this insightful guest post contributed by The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in the UK.
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Well, there you have it – a map put out by German newspaper Bild that purports to show the average breast cup size by country.
So where will you find the largest breasts in the world? Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway all weigh in at an average “greater than D cup” – though the United States, Venezuela and Columbia all factor close behind, with average D cups.
Meanwhile, the most petite bustlines can be found in Africa and Eastern Asia.
While this likely isn’t the most scientific map (we don’t know if they factored breast augmentations into the average size, though by the looks of it, my guess is they did), it does help give you an idea of which cultures may influence the desire to have a certain breast cup size.
Hello My Beautiful Readers!
Today, I’m happy to share a guest post from Your Guide To Plastic Surgery, who will share some insightful lessons we can glean from the world of celebrity breast augmentations.
Blake Lively has the best breast implants in Hollywood! She benefits from having an already stunning figure that is lean and healthy, so subtly increasing her bust size has only made her more attractive. Her implants can be seen in this photo. Her breasts were already big enough to sufficiently conceal the implants, which are likely made out of silicone. They look large and full but do not sag when Blake is not wearing a bra. Like many actresses, one of her reasons for having plastic surgery was wanting to look better in clothes. Blake now fills out her tops more so than she did before the surgery.
Blake and Gwen are also stellar examples of tasteful rhinoplasty. They both started out with rather large, indelicate noses that have since been smoothed and refined. They exercised good judgment in leaving their noses big rather than having them reduced down to entirely different shapes. They modified their looks without disrupting the natural, graceful geometry of their faces.
I’m excited to share a guest post today by Hilary Heath of Sturdy Girl Sports, who is going to tell us her own breast augmentation story, and explain how sports bra support needs change after having a boob job.
And all of you active women out there – from runners, to yogis to dancers and exercise enthusiasts – you’ll want to check out Hilary’s line of Sturdy Girl sports bras and athletic wear, which allow you to continue your favorite high-impact work outs after your breast augmentation, without having to think about (or feel!) your new additions.
Hilary’s Breast Augmentation Story
The Difference Between Natural and Augmented Breasts
In January 2012, authorities found that French breast implant manufacturer PIP used industrial grade silicone (illegal) instead of the medical grade silicone that is approved for breast implant use. The findings came after about 1,000 women in France and Europe experienced implant ruptures, placing their implant failure rate several times higher than what is normal. Officials believe that between 30,000 to 50,000 women throughout Europe may have received these PIP silicone breast implants.
Who Is Safe?
Women who received silicone breast implants in the United States do NOT have a chance of having received these implants, as PIP has never distributed implants in the USA. European women who have received silicone implants from manufacturers aside from PIP are also not affected.
What To Do If You Received Or Suspect You Received PIP Implants:
First, confirm what kind of implant you have with your surgeon if you don’t already know.
To be on the safe side, several medical agencies in European countries (including France and the U.K.) are recommending that women have PIP silicone implants removed as a precaution, even if you show or feel no symptoms of a rupture. Ruptures are often silent, and are not always detected on imaging software. Please see further below for a special message to U.K. women.
How To Make Sure Something Like This Doesn’t Happen To You:
Know exactly what manufacturer your breast implants are coming from before you get a breast augmentation. Ask your surgeon for all implant details – manufacturer, fill type, and cc amount. This information should never be a mystery or surprise to you. Doing your homework helps keep you safe.
Only hire a board-certified plastic surgeon, whose first priority is patient safety, and who will only work with a manufacturer who has passed all testing and safety requirements.
Mentor Corporation and Allergan are two of the most trusted breast implant brands in the industry. If your surgeon recommends a different brand, do your Google research and consult with the aesthetic governing agency of your country if need be to double check that the breast implants are from a reputable company.
A Message For Women In The U.K. Who Have Received PIP Silicone Breast Implants:
The guidance goes beyond current government advice aimed at patients with symptoms to give additional practical advice for the majority of patients who do not.
Key points include:
– All patients should be able to have an assessment by a surgeon regardless of whether they have symptoms.
– If a patient requests removal – they should expect to get this, regardless of the presence of any symptoms. If a patient wants time to make up their minds this should be respected – surgery to remove implants must not be a time-limited “take it or leave it” offer.
– Scans should only be used as a tool to assist patients make a decision and only take place after the patient has had a consultation with a surgeon. Scanning alone is not a reliable enough tool for detecting failure rates in breast implants.
– Reaffirms the surgical association’s view that all clinics have an ethical and moral duty of care to offer these patients treatment without charge.
– Advice to GPs on where to refer patients with different symptoms to ensure they get most appropriate treatment.
The document, Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP) Breast Implants: Joint surgical statement on Clinical Guidance for Patients, GPs and Surgeons has been jointly endorsed by the Association of Breast Surgery, British Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeons, British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Federation of Surgical Speciality Associations and the Royal College of Surgeons.”
Usually, the one thing holding women back from getting the breast augmentation they’ve always wanted is FEAR.
It’s exceedingly common to be afraid of many things, some of which are:
-pain and recovery
-getting a bad boob job
-needing more surgery down the road
But there’s good news. One factor – the plastic surgeon you choose – can basically wipe that whole slate of fears clean if you make an excellent choice.
That means finding a surgeon who is board-certified, has numerous before and after photos showing his/her beautiful aesthetic skills and abilities, takes the time to give you personal attention and care, listens to what you have to say, as well as your fears and concerns, and operates a first-rate and spotlessly clean facility with a board-certified anesthesiologist and friendly staff.
In fact, if you hire a good surgeon, a breast augmentation is one of the most routine and safest cosmetic surgeries you can have.
The crucial sticking point? You’ve got to do your homework, and pick the right plastic surgeon.
Over at AOL Stylelist, Dana Oliver profiles an “all natural” way to increase the size of your breasts out of Bangkok, Thailand: the art of breast slapping.
[Please note: I am NOT recommending this.]
The beautician who founded the method – 44 year-old Khemmikka Na Songkhla – says the technique of slapping, kneading and massaging fat around the breast area was passed down to her from her grandmother.
A modest inch to two inch increase in size can be seen after the treatment, which clients say they are pleased with, as an alternative to cosmetic surgery.
What do you think? Crazy or clever?
Over at the My Life In Beauty blog, “The Knife Coach” Wendy Lewis and Dr. Z. Paul chat about the newest procedures in breast augmentation, and what the future may hold.
The focus is on ‘fat grafting breast augmentation’ – which is also known as ‘fat transfer breast augmentation,’ a method that is still very much in experimental phases, and which I’ve covered as a feature story on AOL StyleList.
Because so much is still unknown in this arena, I wouldn’t personally recommend that you consider for your breast augmentation today (unless of course you’re a reconstruction patient, where the circumstances are different) – but it could be something that develops and grows into a more ‘natural’ option for all breast augmentation patients sometime in the near future.
Lady Gaga is lusting for a new accessory, and this time, we’re not talking a fire cracker bra or or meat dress.
The pop star was overheard telling a waitress in New York that she was having a serious case of boob job envy while enjoying dinner with her beau, Luc Carl, reports the Daily Star UK.
“I love your boobs! Are they real? I really want to get implants too, I love fake boobs,” Gaga allegedly told the waitress. But the platinum blonde had some reservations. “I’m not sure how Luc would feel about me getting my boobs made bigger,” added the star.
This actually brings up a great point that readers looking to get a boob job often complain to me about: boyfriends and husbands who aren’t down with the idea, and aren’t supportive. It can be really upsetting when your man doesn’t stand behind a major (and exciting) decision like getting a breast augmentation.
It’s confusing, isn’t it? Here you are, wanting to look your best — and chances are, you probably take good care of yourself — eat well, workout, dress well — as many breast augmentation patients tend to do, because they’re concerned with looking their best. Shouldn’t a man be proud to have a woman who takes care of herself as a partner?
The thing is, breast implants cause any insecurities that a man has to boil to the surface — because many fear that a pair of new boobs is going to be followed by an upgrade in a new man too. You can allay these type of fears with a sit-down chat about how the only that will be changing will be your boobs — not your relationship. Just talking about it could be all the comfort he needs to get on board with the idea.
Other times, a guy can just be worried about your safety. There are boob job horror stories all over the internet, newspapers and television — and many people mistakenly believe it’s a dangerous surgery with risky complications and unattractive results. Nothing could be further from the truth of course if you do all your research and make the right choices, but people don’t know that. If this is the case with your man, let him know that you’ve done all the research, and show him pictures of the kind of results you’re going for. People don’t always realize that boob jobs come in more than just one size and shape — and when he sees that you’ve hired a great surgeon and have a specific final look in mind, he’ll probably relax and maybe even become your cheerleader.
And more rarely, the issue could be that your man is just a boob about boob jobs — and an underlying cause like jealousy or controlling behavior that is reflected in other areas of the relationship too comes to a head. In this case, you’ll want to consider cleaning up or moving past the relationship before you get involved with a breast augmentation — so that you’re in a healthy, positive and happy state of mind before you make such a major decision.
And if you’re looking for support, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. My contact info is on my blog bio page.
Heidi Montag admits that she hates her G-cup breast implants, and is getting them taken out.
Unfortunately, I’m not surprised — I always say that bigger is NOT always better when it comes to boob jobs. New York’s Dr. Jennifer Walden agrees, and recommends a better size for Heidi. READ MORE.
Cheapie plastic surgery bargains have been on the rise – but the two women I interview tell tales of a face lift and breast augmentation gone wrong, and how it ended up costing them more in the long run.
Plus, a popular discount cosmetic surgery chain that I strongly advise you avoid at all costs. READ MORE.
The thought of swapping out extra fat from your tummy or thighs to your breasts sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it?
The technique is called breast augmentation fat transfer.
And while it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, it’s a technique that more and more plastic surgeons are experimenting with today!
One important thing: This technique is in the experimental phase, so I don’t advise that you try to find a plastic surgeon who will perform this on you right now.
But it’s a super interesting technique that you may be able to safely consider a little further down the road, once they’ve completed more tests to make sure everything is kosher. READ MORE.
An interesting product pitch involving breasts crossed my desk today.
It actually made me laugh out loud.
Created by doctors, Kush Support is a sleek plastic cylinder meant to provide breast support and comfort while you sleep.
They claim that it’s perfect for breast implants, c-cup or larger girls, side sleepers, post-op recovery, pregnancy and back pain. They also say that it prevents cleavage wrinkles — as if mother nature doesn’t give us enough to worry about on our face and necks!
I haven’t tried the tool myself, but I’m completely intrigued.
I remember when I was healing from my augmentation, sleeping on my side several weeks later still felt very uncomfortable because the new weight of my top breast pulled against gravity, and my tenderly healing skin wasn’t too happy about that.
But if you’re healing from a breast augmentation, be sure to ask your doctor for approval — as with anything else — before you give it a try.
Dare I ask what they’ll think of next?
AOL just asked me to write a story on boob jobs.
Apparently, there’s quite a bit of backlash going on about breast implants – in of all places, Hollywood.
Yep – we’re talking about the town that practically invented the concept of the eternally perky, full breast.
You can read the full story here.
It brings up a very important point that I get asked a ton about: breast implant size.
As you’ll see from the link, women who choose supersized breast implants are often the unfair target of harsh judgments made by other people. These judgments can even limit the possibilities of things you may want for yourself in life – like certain careers and relationships.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that many people think that extra large breasts = dumbed down floozy.
Now I think that’s totally ridiculous, but that’s unfortunately the world we live in.
So when women ask me what size to go with, I always tell them to make sure they’re picking one that works in all facets of their lives – from the professional to the intimate to the fun.
That DD cup that makes your husband go cross-eyed and drop everything may make you feel like you need to button up to your chin while leading a presentation at work.
And Lord knows you’re not shelling out those thousands just so you can walk around looking like a nun!
So you want to be aware of the image you’re projecting, because most human beings — whether it’s wrong or right — will judge the way you ‘package’ yourself.
There are also added complication risks you need to consider when going for an extra large size. Your skin and tissue needs to be able to support it, and it’s often not pretty what an extra large implant will do to your chest tissue after years of gravity and wear and tear.
Plus, a large rack is HEAVY and can get cumbersome and tiring to carry around. I mention in the story that Sharon Osbourne is removing her DD implants this July – and it’s for exactly this reason. She says they get in her way, and she’s tired of lugging them around at the expense of her back.
With all that said, if you still decide that a supersized implant is for you and you have the confidence to carry it off, then I’m totally in support of you getting what you want and enjoying them!
Just remember that you need to be EXTRA vigilant about hiring a fantastic surgeon, because anyone with anything less than the best skills who implants extra large breasts is usually a recipe for disaster and the dreaded botched boob job.
And as for the chatter in the story from casting directors about breast implants being out of vogue in Hollywood – I say sure – maybe for the next five minutes.
We’re so familiar with this as women. Pointy toed heels are in, then they’re out. Then they’re on the cover of Vogue again, but not before you already sold your old pair on eBay. Damn it.
The truth is, for all the whining people do about how breast implants are fake and terrible and the cause for every ill of humanity, they walk past women with implants every day, and are none the wiser about it.
The average woman asks for a “full C” when getting implants. And no one can tell unless she shares the secret.
Just some food for thought as you contemplate boob jobs!
And remember – The Boob Job Bible is my full guide to everything you need to know to safely get the beautiful breast augmentation you’ve always dreamed of.
I back it with a bullet-proof 30 day money-back guarantee, always.
The New York Times reported a disturbing trend today: the increase in doctors offering breast augmentation without general anesthesia.
You can read the full story here.
I just read the piece, and I literally dropped everything to put together this potentially life-saving message for you. This is one of the most dangerous games I’ve seen cash-hungry doctors getting away with in this country yet.
The piece features Dr. Robert L. True of Colleyville, Texas as one of more than 100 doctors in the USA who perform breast augmentation under local sedation.
Dr. True is really a gynecologist though. No surprise there. Many non-plastic surgeons are picking up more lucrative work “on the side” since you get paid up front and in full when performing cosmetic surgery, and you don’t have to deal with insurance companies.
Doctors who perform cosmetic surgery on the side often learn how to do the surgery in weekend seminars. Meanwhile, plastic surgeons study breast augmentation for years before they’re allowed to touch a patient all on their own. I can’t tell you how drastic the difference in knowledge and care is between the two camps. It’s literally the difference between taking a weekend course or getting a PHD in a subject.
And I can’t over-emphasize enough how dangerous it is to hire someone who is not a board-certified plastic surgeon to cut into your body with a scalpel.
It’s not worth any amount of savings.
You’ve got one face and one body, not to mention one life – and hiring someone who isn’t qualified to touch you risks all of that.
But I haven’t even shared what Dr. True likes to do with his patients during their breast augmentations.
Dr. True says he actually talks to his patients while they are laying on the table getting sliced up, and even sits them up on the table in a groggy haze so they can take a look at their breasts half way through and choose their size!
Do you have any idea how ‘out of it’ you are when you’ve got all of those narcotics and drugs pumping through your system? And now you’re going to make a decision that will have permanent consequences for your body?
The story doesn’t even touch upon the potential complications a doctor carelessly exposes you to by moving you up and around while operating on your breasts.
I can’t believe a doctor can legally get away with doing this in this country.
There is a tragedy just waiting to happen here. And I don’t want you to be the one who falls susceptible to it.
Heading into your breast augmentation surgery, all implant decisions should already be made. There is no reason to have to pick your size while you’re undergoing the actual surgery.
The only thing your board-certified plastic surgeon should be doing during surgery is concentrating on your safety and the skill of placing the implant properly so that he produces the beautiful results you both agreed on BEFORE the surgery!
I of course go into detail on all the decisions you should make prior to the surgery in The Boob Job Bible.
Take the time to educate yourself and do all your research so that you won’t fall prey to dangerous situations like this one, and so that you can have a safe, gentle experience that produces the gorgeous results that you want.
Please pass this message on to anyone you know considering a breast augmentation so that they’re warned. Let’s all keep one another safe.
In a dramatic five million dollar lawsuit filed by Maria Alaimo of Staten Island, the 47 year-old patient accuses her plastic surgeon (Dr. Keith Berman) of implanting her with “four breasts.”
YES, FOUR BREASTS.
But put the brakes on that freaky visual that just popped into your head!
What Maria is actually referring to is a breast augmentation complication called “double bubble.”
Double bubble happens when an implant falls down BEHIND the fold of the breast instead of forward INTO the breast. As a result, the breast ends up with two folds that make it look like one breast is stacked on top of the other.
You might need to read that again to really “get” what I mean about how it’s caused.
Here’s a photo set to illustrate what I mean. Note that this IS NOT Maria Alaimo – it’s a patient of Mountlake Terrace, Washington Plastic Surgeon Dr. Richard A. Baxter. The top set shows the double bubble, and the bottom set shows Dr. Baxter’s amazing post-corrective surgery:
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon if double bubble is something you should be concerned about. Most often, a lift to remove the excess saggy skin when you get your breast augmentation can all but eliminate the risk of this complication, if you’ve hired a skilled and properly credentialed surgeon.
Can you imagine paying $13K for a breast augmentation, only to pay for ANOTHER surgery to have the implants taken out 14 months later?
That’s exactly what Australian track star Jana Rawlinson did, according to the Paper Chaser website.
Even though the sports star “loved” her new girls, she felt encumbered by them – and feared they were getting in the way of making the best race times.
If you’re an athlete – or even just super active – you absolutely need to consider size when going for a breast augmentation!
Anything larger than a full B cup can get in the way of speed times and balance – and may even be a risk if your sport involves lots of body contact.
I figure skated competitively for many years, and am a bit of a fitness freak. I “wore” my size around for three months before my breast augmentation with a padded push-up bra to make sure that I was never uncomfortable while working out or being active.
I highly recommend you do the same – a size that you think looks gorgeous in the mirror may actually turn out to be in your way while doing the things you most love to do.
And you don’t want to have to pony up $13K + for that lesson..
Just a couple days ago, a jury found Plastic Surgeon Dr. Marco Loiacono guilty of professional misconduct in his treatment of a 33 year old breast augmentation patient, Catherine McCormack of Dublin, reports The Irish Times.
Catherine’s left breast became infected a few days after her breast augmentation at the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery (ACS) clinic in Dublin back in October 2006. When the mom of three went to see the doctor about the situation, she was red, inflamed and – get ready for this – oozing. These are all symptoms of a severe infection, which at that advanced stage can call for immediate hospital admittance, intravenous antibiotics and possibly removal of the implant.
Instead, Dr. Lociacono stitched the wound together, put her on your typical ho-hum antibiotics, and sent Catherine on her way – a response that the surgeon amazingly continued to stand by in court.
Also discussed in court was the fact that Dr. Lociacono didn’t see Catherine for a whole 20 days after her initial surgery; his defense is that nurses saw her in the days following her surgery.
Catherine ultimately had to have her left breast removed, leaving her disfigured and ill with a significant recovery from the nasty infection.
Dr. Lociacono moved and continued to perform cosmetic surgeries in Brazil and Italy. Nice, huh?
Now this all brings up a very important point that I discuss in depth in my eBook, The Boob Job Bible: 10 Steps To A Sexy, Safe Breast Augmentation. YOU need to “interview” any plastic surgeon you consult with to make sure he’s going to be your number one advocate, and that you’ll be safe and completely cared for under his guidance.
While there are reckless and poor plastic surgeons out there, the one good piece of news is that they’re pretty easy to pick out if you know what to look for.
Just a couple out of several points my eBook addresses that could have prevented this situation:
1. At your consultation, ALWAYS ask who will be seeing you for your follow up appointments right after surgery. Anyone other than the surgeon performing the breast augmentation on you is unacceptable, and you should never hire someone who gives you less than that.
2. While infections are rare, the signs to look for: Redness, skin that feels “hot” and any kind of oozing. If you so much as SUSPECT an infection, get in to see your plastic surgeon immediately. Not his nurse, not a phone call – him personally. If he finds that you DO have an infection, you’ll want to ask if it’s necessary to make a hospital trip for intravenous antibiotics and whether there is a risk that you may need to remove the implant. Infections are nothing to mess with. And you most certainly don’t hang out with one for over 20 days, with no further treatment.
And this is the kind of story that scares women straight out of ever getting a boob job.
But if you do your homework, ask the right questions, and hire a great board-certified plastic surgeon – you can protect yourself from these kinds of craptastic doctors who give the whole industry a bad name.
A pretty sensational press release crossed my desk today, claiming that the first “stem cell breast augmentation” had been performed in Florida, with an injection of regenerative cells that should increase the patient’s bust by one cup size.
Fat was taken from the woman’s thighs and hips via lipo, and then processed to extract natural regenerative cells – which were then injected into her breasts.
Now THAT’S my idea of recycling!
But remember that anytime you re-inject your own fat into your body, some absorption can happen. The release claims that this procedure retains 80% of the injected fat.
This all seemed a little too good to be true, so I consulted board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Parham Ganchi of Wayne, NJ to ask what he thought.
“This is basically fat injection to the breast which has been around since at least the early 90’s. When fat is harvested, there are stem cells there. What these stem cells do or don’t do is not known. What we do know is that by taking the fat and stem cells and whatever else is mixed in there and putting it in the breast, you can achieve a very modest breast augmentation. The problem is that there have been some concerns about the injected cells increasing the chance of breast cancer and interfering with our ability to detect breast cancer on a mammogram,” says Dr. Ganchi.
If longer term studies show that the procedure is safe, Dr. Ganchi does think this could become a more popular option.
But because we’re dealing with a possible connection to breast cancer, studies will take years – maybe even a lifetime.
So for now, silicone and saline are still your best friends.
There has been some hot gossip making the rounds of the New York media world lately, and it involves a pair of breast implants.
Apparently, a writer at Brides magazine – which is owned by media giant Conde Nast – called a couple of long-time friends into her office, closed the door, lifted her shirt and revealed her sparkling new breast augmentation – which was neatly wrapped up in a post-surgery sports bra.
Mouths flapped, and word of the incident traveled like wild fire through the office.
And then HR came knocking on the door.
They said they would investigate the matter, and investigate they did: two days later, the editor found a pink slip on her desk.
The axed editor is livid, and has since sued Conde Nast for wrongful termination.
“It was within the confines of my office, behind closed doors. There was no nudity involved. They were personal friends who I had known for years,” she told the New York Post.
Lesson: Resist the urge to talk about or show the girls off at work. You might just end up walking the plank.
Someone has finally figured out a way to definitely tell if boobs are fake.
This little science experiment involves a flash light and a dark room.
Apparently, if you put a flashlight right up under a breast in a dark room, a fake implant will glow Halloween orange.
So of course I HAD to immediately try this to see if it’s true.
A dark room, a flash light and 15 seconds later – my boob was lit up like a Jack-o-Lantern.
Here’s the grand total list:
-Mini Brow Lift (who lifts a 23 year old’s brows?)
-Botox in Forehead and Frown Area
-Nose Job Revision
-Fat Injections In Cheeks, Nasolabial Folds and Lips
-Neck Liposuction (Now I’ve heard everything)
-Ears Pinned Back
-Breast Augmentation Revision
-Liposuction on Waist, Hips and Inner and Outer Thighs
Wow. Can you imagine what that recovery must have felt like?
Most good, board-certified plastic surgeons would refuse to stack that many surgeries into one day; the additional time spent under anaesthesia increases your risk of a serious complication like blood clotting, and it’s difficult to heal properly from so many fresh surgeries at one time.
And another reality check: the “after” photo is an achievement of Photoshop flawlessness; in real life, anytime you cut into the skin – you’ll leave some type of scar. Heidi no doubt has scarring going on here that we’re not seeing.
All that said, I think I’m the only person on the planet who thinks she looks amazing in the “after” shot – except for the cartoonish breast augmentation. I’m willing to bet that Heidi is going to see some complications down the road for choosing such an exaggerated size for her naturally petite frame. She’s asking her skin and tissue to do some pretty impossible things there.
But the funny thing is – I find myself looking at the before and after of her hair style the most out of anything. That sleek blowout looks gorgeous. And you know it only took 20 minutes, a big round brush and a hair dryer to achieve..something anyone can do for free in the privacy of their own bathroom.
Terrorist plot: Check.
Explosive PETN: Check.
Breast Implants: Check.
Now that the TSA is considering a switch to full-body scanners that leave nothing to the imagination, it’s possible that would-be terrorists could conceal explosive materials in unscannable areas like breast implants, says Elan Singer in his Forbes.com article.
According to Singer, all a terrorist would need to set off bomb material implanted in breasts – or any other fleshy body part like thighs for that matter – is a liquid accelerant that could be injected with a pen.
The point of this hypothetical situation? Sanger is suggesting that new full-body scanner searches will just push terrorists to start implanting explosive materials within the body – making all of us even less safe with nothing to show for it other than a longer wait in security check point lines.
Who would have ever thought..?
You know how every once in awhile, a dying restaurant comes out with an outrageous 10 pound burger or some other such instant artery-clogging dish in order to get free publicity and intrigued customers to come through the door?
It looks like desperate plastic surgeons are turning to the same measure.
New York Park Avenue plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Greenberg is offering the ultimate “new you” for New Year’s: Three tables at a New Year’s Eve Lady Gaga and John Legend concert, round-trip first class tickets from NYC to Miami with a choice of 5 star penthouse rooms in South Beach for a month with a chauffeured Rolls Royce, AND a pair of new breasts – as reported by Asian News International.
The boob job comes with a 24-hour care nurse and unlimited spa treatments.
The cost for all of the above?
A cool $100K.
While some (wealthy) women prefer their plastic surgery to come in pampered packages, you can’t lose sight of the fact that a breast augmentation is a serious surgery that you have to make sure you REALLY want before you even consider going there.
It’s not like a pretty dress you buy in the store; you can’t just take it off if you find that it doesn’t “fit” you quite right.
So while anyone can check out a concert, penthouse suite and ride in a Rolls Royce convertible (um, sign me up for that one!), not everyone is a candidate for breast augmentation.
If you know exactly what you want, what the risks are, what the recovery entails, and have done all your research on the best implant fit for you…then knock yourself out.
But if you none of the above applies to you, you could end up not only very disappointed – but with a bad boob job to boot.
Lesson: Do your homework first. Get beautiful boobs second.
Just when you thought you’d heard it all, here’s a new one for you.
In the current Isaacson v. Isaacson case brewing in North Dakota, Erik Isaacson is claiming that the value of his ex-wife Traci’s $5,500 breast implants should count as a mutual asset. And get this: he’s saying the same for her $1,000 lasik eye surgery.
(Why do I get the funny feeling that someone cheated on someone else here..?)
So how did the judge react?
“Absolutely nonsense. I can’t imagine people would actually waste time thinking that breast implants are marital assets. It just defies common sense. I don’t know how you would expect me to award breast implants, if you want me to have them cut out and given to Mr. Isaacson,” said South Central District of North Dakota Judge Robert Wefald.
During proceedings last week, Justice Daniel Crothers asked Isaacson’s attorney, “Do we have any lines to be drawn? Is a hip replacement a marital asset?”
In return, Isaacson’s attorney argued that medical expenses should be considered marital assets when they are “clearly cosmetic, elective, non-necessary.”
I think these folks need to pack their bags and head over to Judge Judy.
What do you think?
I was having lunch with a girl friend recently when she told me that she had just been asked to be a bridesmaid at her cousin’s Bermuda wedding.
But here’s the good part. Her cousin managed to pick out dresses in the kind of loud fucshia floral print you would wear as a costume on Halloween if you were going as an 80’s bridesmaid. And – according to my girl friend – the strapless style makes her look “flatter than a panini sandwich.” Her words.
So we had a breast-enhancing brainstorming session that included everything from Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Convertible Bras to cleavage cupcakes and bronzing in between her breasts to trick the eye into seeing more depth there. If only men knew!
And then my girl friend told me – “You’re so LUCKY – you’re just naturally blessed!”
Um, not quite..
I broke the news that I wasn’t always a D cup diva. Actually, I’m a former 34B.
“No way! But those don’t look like STRIPPER T-TS!” she shrieked a little too loudly for an intimately packed restaurant in midtown at 1pm.
No, these babies aren’t stripper boobs. And far less augmentations than you think actually are.
So many women out there want enhancement, but what holds them back is the fear that they’ll end up looking like a floozy cartoon pinup. The kind that men don’t take seriously.
The truth is, the MAJORITY of breast augmentations today are had by every day women. I’m talking teachers, lawyers, nurses, real estate agents – stay-at-home Moms.
You just don’t notice the more subtle versions because they don’t call out for your ATTENTION.
The good news: you can have control over the kind of breast augmentation you get, including a boob job that subtly fills out your clothing and makes you feel and look incredibly sexy without raising the eyebrows of co-workers, your hair stylist or your mother-in-law.
But there’s a BIG CATCH: You need to know WHO to hire as your plastic surgeon, HOW to figure out what the perfect size is for your frame, and EXACTLY WHAT to ask for.
Without these ESSENTIAL steps, you could risk ending up with the kind of supersized big breasts that are keeping you from taking the plunge in the first place.
To learn how to get the perfect sized breast augmentation for you, be sure to read Chapter 3 of my eBook, The Boob Job Bible; 10 Steps To A Sexy, Safe Breast Augmentation.
If you have NO CLUE what size you want to be, I give you a step-by-step guide on how to figure out it and get it right – the first time!
And hey – you might decide that bigger IS better. Just remember that the bigger the implant, the higher the complication risk. Read Chapter 7 to learn how to dramatically reduce your complication risks, as well as what special things you need to consider if you do go bigger.
Unfortunately, I can’t help with ugly bridesmaid dresses..
Recently, MTV “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” contestant Shauvon Torres did a belly flop during a show stunt and ended up in the ER for a burst breast implant!
This is seriously every breast augmentation patient’s worst nightmare.
I’ve always been nervous about what would happen if my car’s airbag went off. Or if I fell real hard on my chest while figure skating.
New York City Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Nina Naidu tells me, “It’s very hard to rupture an implant with ‘normal’ activity. Ms. Torres must have hit the water really hard. Though with an implant that’s older than 10 years, it may take less force.”
One of the largest manufacturers of implants in the US is Allergen, and they report a deflation rate of 5% at 3 years, 7% at 5 years and 10% at 7 years. “The longer implants are in, the higher the risk of rupture, which seems to increase around the 7-10 year mark,” says Naidu. “We tell patients that they may need to exchange their implants after about 10 years.”
I do remember reading about the 10 year recommendation to switch out implants when I did my research on boob jobs. And it completely freaked me out. Who wants to set themselves up for that many surgeries down the road?
My personal take on it is that these girls aren’t going anywhere unless they NEED to! But if you’re in a sport, job or lifestyle where you consistently experience a lot of impact on your chest, I think the 10 year mark is something you really need to consider in order to make sure breast implants are a good fit for you.
So I was at the gynecologist today getting my yearly women’s wellness exam (fun times!), when my doctor brought up the subject of breast augmentation in a most interesting way.
(Note: She of course does this while my hands are awkwardly up over my head and it feels like she’s kneading dough out of my poor breasts.)
“I only see about 25% of boob jobs that are good, and yours is one of them. I don’t care for 75% of the work I see.”
Now of course I had to jump on that. What’s so wrong with the whopping 75% of boob jobs she doesn’t like?
“They just don’t look or feel right. It’s the wrong type of implant for the woman. The size or shape is wrong, or it’s just not placed right. It doesn’t feel womanly. It feels fake.”
This brings up a real interesting point that I never see addressed in breast augmentation books, articles or websites.
They always tell you to pick a board certified plastic surgeon.
But what they DON’T tell you is that just picking a board certified plastic surgeon doesn’t guarantee you’ll have a good result!
Let me give you a parallel. If you’re hiring a lawyer, you of course want to hire someone who has their law degree and all the proper credentials. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone with a law degree is a GOOD lawyer.
Likewise, when you’re hiring a plastic surgeon, you want to choose from doctors who have the most basic requirement: board certification. But that doesn’t mean that ANY plastic surgeon with board certification is automatically a GOOD plastic surgeon.
This was evidenced by my gynecologist’s next question. “Who is your plastic surgeon? He’s GOOD.”
There’s a bunch of other things you have to look for to make sure you’re hiring a GOOD plastic surgeon.
One of the most important things to research is the doctor’s WORK. Lawyers can be judged by how many cases they win. And plastic surgeons can be judged by their before and after photos.
So say you’re considering a certain plastic surgeon who is board certified and who your girl friend has been to. You need to be on the doctor’s website, checking out every before and after shot posted to make sure the work looks like the type of breast augmentation you want for YOURSELF.
Plastic surgeons have different styles. You need to find a style that suits YOU and YOUR BODY.
If there are only a few photos on the site, ask to see the doctor’s complete patient photo book. Every GOOD plastic surgeon keeps one in the office.
If the doctor doesn’t have one or is reluctant to show you it for whatever reason, BIG RED FLAG. RUN!
If you want to make sure a plastic surgeon is certified with the right board, you can download my FREE report – 5 Things Every Woman Should Know Before Getting A Breast Augmentation. It tells you exactly how to make sure a plastic surgeon is properly certified with all the right credentials. Get it for free at http://www.theboobjobbible.com/
And if you’re looking for a step-by-step guide on how to choose a GOOD plastic surgeon who will give you the gorgeous breast augmentation you’ve always wanted, be sure to read Chapter 1 of my eBook, The Boob Job Bible: 10 Steps To A Sexy, Safe Breast Augmentation.
I tell you exactly what to look for in before and after photos as well as the checklist of things every GOOD plastic surgeon will have.
Remember, the plastic surgeon you choose has the BIGGEST influence on the kind of boob job you’ll end up with.
There’s a lot of both BEAUTIFUL and BAD boob jobs floating around out there, and it almost ALWAYS comes down to the plastic surgeon who put them in.
Choose your plastic surgeon wisely and carefully, or else risk ending up in that bottom 75%.
Check out the before and after photos of Heidi Montag’s breast augmentation.
Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
Now regardless of whether you think she looks cuter before or after, one thing is for sure: us ladies LOVE studying before and after pictures! Men do too, but I think most women sit and critique for much longer.
I’m trying to figure out why that is. Is it because we enjoy seeing the “potential” for more aesthetically pleasing change in someone? Are we looking for “ideas” for ourselves? Are we just BORED?
I’d love to hear what you think.
Oh, and methinks that the boobs aren’t the ONLY thing that has changed for Ms. Montag..check out the subtle transformation of the nose and lips too!
Hasn’t every woman at some point wondered what it would be like to have a boob job?
An augmentation. A lift. Or maybe a (gasp!) reduction.
Boobs are so much a part of being a woman that it’s hard to NOT think about them, isn’t it?
Well, after years of THINKING about it – I finally took the plunge.
I got a boob job!
Best gift I’ve given myself. EVER! It’s like a TRANSFORMATION.
For the curious, these are the three most surprising facts I learned during my years of research:
-Breast implants aren’t lifetime devices. Manufacturers say those babies only last about 10-15 years. Have some women out there kept them longer? Definitely. But it’s a surgery you have to be prepared to repeat down the road if you get one. Maybe even multiple times.
-There’s two kinds of implants: saline (water) and silicone. But even the saline implant has a silicone rubber shell. So either way, you’re putting silicone inside of you.
-Your new boobs can take anywhere from 6 weeks to about six months to settle down! They start out “high” up on your chest because your muscles tighten in response to the surgery. Once the boobs “drop,” they look more naturally shaped. The dropping process sometimes even makes you gain more cup size since your muscles settle their grip on your implants. So if you want your new girls to look fab for a particular event or day, plan FAR ahead in advance!
For the ladies out there who are more curious (you did find your way to this blog didn’t you?) and maybe even think they may take the plunge one day, here’s everything you need to know.