Woman-kind is always striving for some new and exciting way to enhance their beauty. Sure, I’m generalizing, but you know exactly the type of girl I mean. I can’t count the number of times my amigas have told me, “If I only had the money, I’d get breast implants.” Talking them out of it is always hard, sometimes impossible – but I try anyway, with all of my soul. I speak from only a modest amount of time in the nursing field (I’m a certified nurse aid) when I say that breast implants can ruin your life; but I’m not wrong.
The surgery itself is painful, not to mention costly. And try finding an insurance company that will cover it. Breast implants, within the first three years, typically require additional surgeries (yes, plural): an FDA study, spanning five years, found that most women should “expect at least one complication within the first 3 years.”
Percentages from this same study are often used to lull women considering breast implants into a sense of security; such data states that only 7% of women experienced asymmetry (where the breasts look vastly different from one another) and that ‘only’ 13% required another operation. People sharing this information, however, will no doubt neglect to mention that a staggering number of women dropped out of the case study after receiving implants. The data for these women is entirely unknown, but the percentages were based on the number of women who started initially, which means that any woman with problems after leaving the study is omitted. The number of breast implant complications is much higher than the percentages would lead you to believe, but the figures cannot be adjusted to represent this unknown factor.
Also, most of the data you’ll see pulled from this study comes out of the three year marker, where all of the complication percentages were lower. In every single category, the number of complications increased between the three and five year marker. 21% of the women at the three year marker, not including those who’d abandoned the study, required an additional operation. At the five year marker, after even more (and in fact, the most number of) women abandoned the study, the figure rose to 26%. At year three, 9% of the women could see or feel their breast implant (which is a definite sign that something is amiss, and is altogether unattractive). At the five year marker, this figure rose to 12%. Year three saw that 8% of the women needed their breast implants removed altogether: this figure, at year five, also rose to 12%.
Some of the percentages in this particular study remained the same; however, bear in mind that women were abandoning the study. This means that the number of complications was increasing, without affecting the percentage. It also means that a great deal of the women involved could easily have had problems with their breast implants without impacting the data.
These are high numbers; every single woman in these statistics is a woman who suffered, body and mind, because of breast implants. Women with breast implant complications experience a loss of self esteem: it impacts their sex life in a negative fashion, often removes sensitivity in the nipple area, or else makes the breast painful to the touch. Complications can also cause deformity in the breasts, including necrosis (the formation of dead tissue around the breast implant), deflation of the breast implant, rupturing of the breast implant, wrinkling, unexpected and exaggerated disproportiations, scar deformity, and many other possibilities.
A woman’s breasts are a huge part of her sexuality; it may not be polite to say it, but it is hardly a secret. Most women considering breast implants want them for the sheer purpose that they believe they’ll be more attractive to potential partners. That said, surgical enhancement, when it does work, doesn’t work well. As a male, I find implants noticeable and unattractive, and I know that I share this sentiment with other people from both genders.
Separate studies have shown, however, that there is nothing to link breast implants with breast cancer: there’s one good thing, and the only good thing you’ll hear me say.
I’m stepping away from facts, and back into the realm of opinion, again – but what monster filled the modern woman’s mind with the idea that bigger breasts make sexier women? It just isn’t true. I’ve heard women with DD cups complain that their breasts are too small and that they’d like implants. That is absurd, and it is wholly the fault of a misguided, cruel cultural standard. It has been statistically shown that women with larger breasts experience more back pain than women with smaller breasts; and breast implants weigh more than the real things.
Ladies, you are beautiful the way you are. You do not need breast implants. If a man does not appreciate you for what you already have, inside and out, than you need another man. Not new breasts.