If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, keep in mind it’s not a permanent decision. There’s no reason you can’t have your implants removed or replaced down the line if that’s best for you in a particular stage of life. Implants were never designed to last a lifetime, so even women happy with their implants may have to undergo additional surgery to keep their figures.
Real Housewives of New Jersey’s star Siggy Flicker recently admitted to removing her breast implants, saying she no longer needed to be “walking out with oversized boobs.” Other celebrities who have had implants removed include Victoria Beckham, Melissa Gilbert, Heidi Montag and Sharon Osborne. Approximately 300,000 women undergo breast augmentation annually for cosmetic purposes. This does not count women undergoing breast reconstruction after mastectomy. The procedure has increased three-fold in the last 20 years. However, an estimated 23,000 women have their implants removed each year.
Lifestyle changes are often deciding factors in implant removal. Women who weren’t particularly athletic at the time of the surgery but later become fitness fanatics find their oversized chests are incompatible with their new, active lifestyle. That doesn’t mean necessarily mean they go back to their original breast sizes. They may choose new implants that don’t interfere with extensive exercise. Upper body work is especially difficult with large breasts.
Plastic surgeons are seeing patients with different demands than a few years ago. The oversized, falling out of the dress boobs are out. Today, women want somewhat larger – not huge – breasts with a more natural look. Aging also makes some women change their minds about breast size, especially if they’ve gone to D or larger cups. Very large, heavy breasts can affect the spine, causing back and neck problems. That’s the primary reason naturally big-breasted women opt for breast reduction surgery. Queen Latifah made that decision back in 2003. Women tend to gain weight once they reach menopause and weight gain in the breasts causes additional neck and shoulder discomfort.
Breast augmentation surgery is a very personal decision, and each woman must decide how she wants her chest to appear. Perhaps a C cup is appropriate for a woman in her 20s and 30s, while that same woman might want a B cup as she heads into her 40s. With breast surgery, there’s truly no one-size-fits-all, and that includes one size for a lifetime.
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