Breast Implant Warnings

Natural breasts are perfect just the way they are. It is the shape and diversity of breasts that makes every woman unique and special in her appearance. According to the American Cancer Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of women getting breast implants for cosmetic reasons has skyrocketed. Yet, even plastic surgeons warn that having implants should be carefully thought out, because they are man-made devices and are not intended to be lifelong.

Some women are overly concerned about how their breasts look. They have grown up in a breast obsessed society, with thoughts about how breasts should look. They feel their breasts are too small, too big, lopsided, or saggy and not normal. They may feel bigger breasts will make them feel sexier.

If cancer has caused a mastectomy, they may feel incomplete without them. Women who have a mastectomy are very vulnerable and easily persuaded to have breast implants. It seems to be just part of the program with no chance for women to ask questions of what possible complications can happen after implants are in. Women need to take time and do the research of why or why not to choose to get breast implants.

At some point, further surgery may be necessary. As a woman ages, her body continues to change, and the implants may no longer be a correct fit for her. Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan, an integrative physician in Greensboro, North Carolina, sees breast implant removal as a wise and courageous choice to restore optimal breast health. She says, ‘Better yet, do not get them in the first place.”

She adds, “There are a lot of other things you can do to improve the appearance of your breasts.” She recommends breast perking exercises like dumbbell bench presses that tone the pectoral muscles beneath the breasts, making them more resilient and look larger. To prevent reverse sagging, she urges women to go bra free. “We have ligaments in the upper outer quadrant of our breasts called Cooper’s ligaments, and they are responsible for holding our breasts up. Just like your muscles atrophy when you put your arm in a sling, your Cooper’s ligaments atrophy if you wear a bra all the time.

A good resource with studies from a holistic doctor and several stories from women who had breast implants removed can be found here