Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to increase the size and/or alter the shape of a woman's breasts through the use of an artificial breast implant. Women may choose to have this operation either as a reconstructive technique following breast cancer surgery, to balance asymmetrical breasts or to change the proportions and line of the body.
Augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed under a general anesthesia. The placement of the incision will vary according to body type and the specifics of each procedure. The surgeon enters through the incision and creates a pocket, either on top of the pectoral muscle or beneath them, and inserts the implant.
We do not recommend that you undergo breast augmentation. Taking the time to form a clear understanding of what is motivating you will likely yield an interesting answer. North American culture has a very narrow and restrictive view of what breast size and shape is deemed attractive. Ideally, by questioning our own ideas of breast beauty we can help to expand the societal perspective of what is normal. Your own breasts are likely the best. See if you can love what you already have.
Breast Augmentation Statistics
According to American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) statistics, nearly 250,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed last year, an increase of 147 percent since 1997. These figures may include reconstruction surgeries as well.
The majority of women are born with breasts that are perfectly wonderful the way they are. True, this is not a scientifically based statistic. However, women have been led to believe their breasts need to be adjusted to fit a very narrow view of beauty. That is simply not true. Your breasts are likely perfect and uniquely yours. You don't need to become a statistic.