CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia.
In this issue:
- The Breast Report - your guide to augmentation
- Put an end to bad hair days
- 24 hour makeup, products that last
- Sex appeal - do you have it?
feature is breast implant surgery right for you The psychology behind the decision to have breast implants is one of the most important aspects of the procedure. A good candidate for breast augmentation is mentally and physically stable and understands the reality of what this surgery can achieve. Often women seek cosmetic surgery as a means of fulfilling emotional needs or resolving problematic body image issues. Any cosmetic procedure affects the patient on a psychological level just as much as on a physical one and it is important to remember that if a woman with low self-esteem elects to undergo surgery in the hope she will feel better about herself, she is likely to feel disappointed with her surgery. While breast augmentation can help boost a woman’s confidence, she will not benefit from surgery if she thinks it is the cure-all for every aspect of her life. Many women view their breasts as a vital component of their gender identity, as the female breast is one of the prime symbols of femininity, motherhood and sensuality. However, women are notoriously critical of their bodies and some may be especially so of their breasts. When contemplating breast augmentation, ensure it’s for the right reasons. CBM ?
? DID YOU KNOW Breast augmentation has increased by more than 200% since 1997, according to stats from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Possibly the earliest representation of breasts in art is the Venus of Willendorf, a tiny 11.1cm limestone statuette thought to date from 24,000-22,000 BC. She was found in 1908 by archaeologist Josef Szombathy at a Paleolithic site near Willendorf. Human breasts function differently to those of other primates. In other primates, the breasts grow only when the female is producing milk. When the non-human primate has weaned her young, her breasts flatten back down. In humans, the breasts develop during a female’s adolescence, usually well before pregnancy, and stay enlarged throughout her life. Legend says that Hercules became immortal after he drank the milk of the divine goddess Hera while she was sleeping. When she woke, and realised he was not her own child, she drew her breast away with such force that the milk spurted into the heavens and created the Milky Way. A fourth century prostitute was said to have been spared the death penalty by baring her breasts. When it seemed the verdict of her trial would be unfavourable, she removed her clothing. The judges were so impressed by their beauty that they acquitted her. It is believed the word ‘Amazon’ was derived from the Greek ‘a-mazos’, which means ‘without breast’. In Greek mythology, it is said that the Amazons had their right breast removed so they would be able to use a bow and arrow more freely and throw spears without the physical limitation and obstruction. No two breasts are exactly the same size; usually the left is larger. From infancy to just before puberty, there is no difference between the female and male breasts. Although unusual, extra or ‘supernumerary’ nipples are not really that rare, occurring in one out of 18 people. Pop stars Carrie Underwood and Lily Allen and actor Mark Wahlberg all have a third nipple. Anne Boleyn, the wife of King Henry VIII, is said to have had a third nipple or even a third breast. When it comes to milk production, size doesn’t matter. The milkproducing structures are the same in all women. Just because one woman’s breasts are bigger doesn’t necessarily mean she would have or make more milk. ? Questions to ask yourself before surgery By answering these questions honestly and reviewing them with your doctor, you will become much clearer about whether breast surgery is a good choice for you psychologically and emotionally. Why do you want to have breast augmentation surgery? How do you feel about your body image right now? Is anyone prompting you to have the surgery? Do you suffer from an emotional or psychological disorder? Did you recently experience a stressful event or crisis, like a divorce or the loss of a loved one? Are you a perfectionist, and do you find minor flaws with many parts of your body and with your life? Would you be prepared to handle a complication if something goes wrong after surgery? www.cosbeauty.com.au 109