The notion that most women prefer to undergo breast augmentation (also known as breast enlargement) is old fashioned. And many Hollywood stars agree. Heidi Montag has just fearlessly acknowledged that bigger breasts does not always necessarily mean better. Heidi underwent two surgical procedures to enlarge her breasts first to a C-cup, then to an F-cup. Four years later, with an F-cup, she finally admitted that she “couldn’t conceptualise the weight of her F-cups in her body. They were as heavy as bowling balls” – and had a breast reduction to C-cups again recently. Even artists like Sharon Osbourne, Victoria Beckham, Heather Morris, Jenna Jameson, Tara Reid, Kimberly Stewart, Pamela Anderson, and Courtney Love have opted for breast implant removal or to at least go down a cup or two from their previous set of implants. That they have chosen this is not a surprise at all, as overly large breasts can sometimes result in both health and emotional problems. The days of overly-big breasted women are now slowly dissipating. Owning a slim body with proportionate-sized breasts is the new buzz in town.
Dr. Mohamad Nasir, one of our Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeons, says that before surgery, patients need to develop an understanding of the right breast size to suit the proportion and shape of their bodies. To decide how this is done, he says, that “The dimensions of the breasts will be measured in terms of the width and height of the patient.” He further explains that cosmetic surgeons recommend their patients to obtain breast implants that will enhance their femininity, instead of just opting for a particularly large chest. Equally, if women choose a breast reduction, they should also consider what size would suit them. Far from being a rare case, breast reduction is actually quite common, and Dr Nasir outlines some of the many reasons why women consider undergoing the procedure:
- Pain in the shoulders, back and neck caused from extremely large breasts
- Uneven growth of the breasts, when one is noticeably bigger than the other
- The weight of their breasts disrupts daily activity, even sleeping
- The skin beneath the crease of the breasts is constantly irritated
- Acute embarrassment about their large breasts
- Difficulty in choosing the right bra or finding clothing that fits comfortably
- The skin of their breasts look stretched and their areolas have enlarged due to this
If it is breast augmentation that the women are after, cosmetic surgeons firmly believe in helping women to choose reasonably-sized implants, and even have special padded t-shirts that clients can try on to view their figure before surgery, helping them make the right decision. Dr. Nasir further explains, “Making sure that women choose the right implants for them is an effort to prevent the patient from having backache, shoulder pain and bad posture from adding in implants that weigh too much for the waist to support.” Ultimately, the final decision of augmentation or reduction, and just what the right size is, lies with the patient herself – a doctor can only give their professional opinion. Just make sure that you comprehend the risks and benefits of breast reduction or augmentation surgery, while keeping a realistic expectation in mind.