Are Fake Boobs Attractive? 3 Signs You May Be Wasting Your Time / Money

I’m not female, so I don’t have any concept of the level of anxiety many women must go through about their bodies.

To add to this, male obsessiveness and infatuation with how women look often stokes the already burning feelings of inadequacy.

The key is that if a woman’s breasts are not seen as “full” or “large”, many feel self-conscious.

And whilst having an hour-glass figure is not that big of a deal anymore (as opposed to when women used to get laced into whalebone corsets), the idea of “big boobs” certainly is.

This need often pushes many women toward breast enlargement surgery – with implants. Implications & health aside, the aesthetics of this procedure has often received varying consensus around the world.

The key thing to appreciate is that if you’ve artificially inflated the size of your breasts, they are not going to be as soft, supple and “feminine” as they would be if they were natural.

This may not be news; the point is that if you’re looking at getting “bigger boobs” – there may be different ways to achieve the same result… such has having push-up bras etc.

To this end, there are a number of things to consider about getting breast enhancements which may indicate you’re wasting your time/money. Obviously, the majority of women who undergo the procedure have done extensive research and likely have the support of a long-term partner; if you’re doing it just to attract a partner, it’s likely going to be a bad decision…

1. Body Image Changes With Age

If you’re 21, your perception of what “flaws” you have are going to be completely different to if you’re 41+.

Of course, no young woman ever wants to think about what might happen to her body in 20+ years, but it’s necessary when considering the advantages (or not) of breast enhancement.

I liken it to tattoos – they look great when you’re young; the moment you start to age, they begin to fade and become unsightly. Whilst breast implants won’t do that, you have to understand that the elasticity of your breasts is going to completely change as you age.

In other words, if you’re basing your choice (to get implants) around what you look like now, you’re likely getting them for the wrong reasons.

By all means – if you are genuinely interested in getting them for your self esteem – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it… but to go through the whole process, upheaval and having to maintain them just (let’s be real) to catch the eye of a young mate, you’re likely going to have issues later in life.

You have to consider the longer-term consequences (not just that they’ll make “that cute bikini” look good on the beach).

2. Health Implications

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve read into the obvious health implications of the surgery etc.

However, what most people don’t appreciate is the “peripheral” health implications for the likes of your back, skin etc.

A number of women have reported large amounts of sagging (which accelerates with the larger the implants), and some have even said that their implants came away from their skin (very painful).

If you have a baby, it’s also questionable as to whether you’ll be able to breast feed (some can, some can’t).

The point is – if you are seriously considering the procedure – please make sure you consult with all the “other” complications which can arise.

3. They Won’t Attract A Long Term Partner

Sure, women with enhanced breasts certainly turn heads… but they’re not real.

This alludes to the fact that you may well attract a partner with the enhancements, but it doesn’t mean they’ll stick around.

As a man, let me say up front that you can tell if a girl’s had work done. I don’t care at all, but it does denote a number of indicators of her personality.

Maybe she felt inadequate before, maybe she needed to do it for work (if she aspired to be a model or actress) – or (more likely than you’d imagine) – maybe she’s fishing for a millionaire.

A lot of women are just as bad as men when it comes to judging based on looks alone. Perhaps not as many women, but they’re generally much more affected by prior emotional issues (maybe she was in an abusive relationship, had issues with her parents etc) – leading many of them to become completely paranoid about their appearance (again, out of a feeling of inadequacy). These are typically the women who end up getting “duck face” lip injections and all sorts of other work.

The point is that women generally get sex quite easily (easier than men anyway). The true test of whether she’s “playing the game” as well as possible is whether she’s able to encourage her partner(s) to stay interested in her after she’s “given up the goods”.

Quite lurid, but it means that if you enhance your looks without indulging in your personality, hobbies, passions and general “value” beyond what people see, you’re likely going to end up worse off.

Ultimately, I can only offer an opinion on something as personal and delicate as this topic.

However, from my experience, whilst enhanced breasts are definitely a benefit in the “material” realm, when it comes to “true love”, they have very little affect… unless you’re actually that way inclined anyway.

Nipple Deformities – Simple Plastic Surgery Corrections

Nipples are as variable as the size and shape of breasts. No two nipples are ever exactly alike, usually not even on the same person. While much breast reshaping (breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift) goes on in plastic surgery, many men and women suffer from nipple deformities as well which also affects their self-esteem. Nipples can stick out too much, can be turned in, or the areola (the colored area surrounding the nipple) can be too large. Some of these nipple problems may affect certain breast functions such as feeling or lactation. The good news is that there are some very simple plastic surgery procedures that are quite effective at improving these problems.

For the sake of clarification, what most call the nipple is actually two different structures. The true nipple is the central projecting skin area that has both enhanced sensation and milk ducts for lactation. The flatter, almost always more pigmented, skin around the true nipple is called the areola.

Nipple inversion (shy nipple) affects about 2% of the population, more commonly in women than men. Some nipples can be turned in slightly or to a significant degree. Some people are born with nipple inversion, others occur later often after breastfeeding. In rare instances, a tumor may be pulling the nipple inward and this should be ruled out particularly if it occurs later in life and just on one breast. Correction involves a simple procedure done under local anesthesia. The nipple is released and brought out. The biggest problem with nipple inversion correction is relapse, the nipple losing projection and returning to an inward position. Nipple inversion surgery can also be done at the time of other breast surgery. I usually like to delay repair in the case of breast augmentation until later as the implant may help to push out some nipples, making correction unnecessary.

Enlarged nipples often create visible ‘headlights’ which can be a source of embarrassment for many women. This can also be an issue for some men. An overly projecting nipple can be easily reduced through a wedge excision or a ‘ring’ reduction approach. Sensation and the ability for milk production can be preserved with either technique. Done under local anesthesia, nipple reductions are very stable and are not associated with any significant relapse.

“Puffy” nipples can occur in women and are usually associated with the tubular breast deformity. In this nipple problem, the areola and the nipple are pushed outward due to an underlying herniation or protrusion of breast tissue. Correction of this problem is slightly more complex than isolated nipple surgery. It is usually treated as part of tubular breast surgery which involves the use of a breast implant and areolar manipulation. This is treated by making an incision around the areola, removing some of the pigmented skin (if needed), and lifting the areola skin up and decreasing the projection (puffiness). This is a more extensive surgery and requires an operative room experience under anesthesia.

Large or wide areolas are extremely common in big breasts. Usually the size of the areola is related to the size of the breast, but not always. Large areolas are commonly reduced as part of breast reduction surgery. They can be reduced independent of a breast reduction through the periareolar approach. By removing a ring of the outer areola, the circular diameter of the areola is narrowed. Due the tightness of breast skin, there is a limit as to how much the areola can be reduced. This procedure results in a scar at the junction of the areola and skin which occasionally widens and requires secondary revisional surgery.

Liposuction – Looking to Lose That Pudge? Consider Liposuction Surgery

We are getting fatter. At least that is what the news reports seem to say every time we turn around. In the United States there is a sizable majority that is…well… sizable! People turn to diet and exercise to slim down but often will reduce their fat down to a stubborn pocket that simply refuses to leave. For these people, Liposuction surgery can help them get rid of the unwanted fat.

What is Liposuction anyway? Liposuction is a surgical procedure which removes fatty tissue (i.e. – adipose tissue) from beneath the epidermis (i.e. – skin). Liposuction surgery is performed by creating small incisions in the skin and then inserting a steel tube, called a cannula, into the tissue to be removed. The fat is then removed via a strong vacuum. The procedure involves the liposuction surgeon’s skill in determining where to move the cannula and how long to suck out fat in a particular location. A good surgeon can give your body a slimmer looking shape by making sure the fat is removed evenly.

Liposuction is performed anywhere where fat is deposited in large quantities. Areas such as the abdomen, breasts, back, arms and legs are the most common areas that are reshaped by liposuction surgery.

Liposuction is not a weight loss alternative however. Liposuction is best applied on patients who have gotten back in shape and now need to remove some of the last remaining pockets of fat. Liposuction surgeons will counsel every potential client to make sure that they are eating a proper diet and getting plenty of exercise before they opt for liposuction surgery.

If you are one of the people who are a perfect candidate for Liposuction and you want to remove that final “pudge” once and for all, you might consider Liposuction surgery as a way to banish it from your body.

Risks and Benefits of Plastic Surgery

Despite the slow economy in the United States, more Americans than ever are having plastic surgery. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) over 13 million procedures were performed last year. That’s up by 5%.

The most common surgeries are breast augmentation at 318,123, liposuction at 289,016, and blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery at 152,123.

So why is plastic and cosmetic surgery so much in demand and what risks are people taking to get it?

The most obvious reason is that people want to look good and looking younger always helps in looking good. Plastic surgery boosts self-confidence. Not only do a person’s looks improve but he or she improves their attitude about themselves. Employers are more likely to hire them and others to find them attractive. If a person is overweight as well, weight loss surgery can help regain their youthful slimness faster and more permanently than dieting alone.

In today’s culture aging has no credibility at all. When so many multi-millionaires in Silicon Valley are under 30, getting older doesn’t even mean getting wiser, or more prosperous. In a recent study published by ASAPS people who had cosmetic surgery had no problems being identified by college students as 10 years younger than their actual age.

However, even with today’s technological advances, plastic surgery is still no cake walk. It is surgery and that carries automatic risks, such as:

  • blood clots
  • excessive or unexpected bleeding
  • infection
  • tissue death
  • paralysis
  • loss or change of sensation
  • incomplete healing
  • anesthesia malfunction
  • pneumonia
  • secondary surgeries
  • no satisfaction with results
  • nerve damage
  • obsession with more surgeries
  • high debt or bankruptcy due to cost

The last one should not be discounted. Though cosmetic surgery may be popular, a typical face lift costs between $4,000-$10,000 and a breast lift, between $3,000-$6,000 in the U.S. Unless it is associated with an accident or illness most employer insurance does not cover plastic surgery. Even countries that have government health insurance do not cover plastic surgery that is for cosmetic reasons only.

Saving on plastic surgery costs in Mexico

One way to cut costs considerably is to travel to Mexico. Places like Tijuana, Mexicali, Ciudad Juarez and Puerto Vallarta are very easy to reach from the U.S. and welcome foreign patients.

Bad news has been reported about charlatans in Mexico promising miracle cures, or offering unbelievably low prices. However, Mexico also has very professional, highly competent hospitals and doctors that can match the quality and standards of any in the U.S. Many are affiliated with American hospitals.

Plastic surgery costs performed by highly proficient surgeons, in clean and modern hospitals, with the state-of-the-art equipment can still come to as much as 90% lower than the cost of cosmetic surgery in the U.S. In many cases the hospitals will arrange pickup and delivery of patients from and to the border as well as airports or other transportation sites. Comfortable resort areas for recovery — away from violent or dangerous areas — can also be part of the package deal.

For those who believe they deserve to look as good as they feel — and have checked out the risks with their own doctors — travel to Mexico can make plastic surgery financially worth the effort.

Reversing Facial Fillers: Where, How and How Often?

There are a large number of facial fillers on the market and they are becoming immensely popular. Although, not quite as popular as Botox, they are quickly becoming the “next biggest thing.” Although there are millions of women and men doing this, for those that are newer to this, you are probably wondering the following:

Should I do this? Who should I let do the injection? What are the risks? And if I hate it, can I reverse it?

Let me preface my comments by saying that I have always done all of my own injections for fillers and Botox for my patients. I know many places use estheticians and other doctors that are not plastic surgeons (even dentists). Most of the time, this is probably fine but there is a lot to be said for having an experienced plastic surgeon do your injections. But ultimately, that is your decision, based on your comfort level.

Not all facial fillers are reversible. Only those that are made from hyaluronic acid can be reversed. The good news is that all the facial fillers that I use are made from hyaluronic acid: namely Juvaderm and Voluma, and their associated families of products. This also applies to Restylane and Perlane and that entire family of fillers. This does not apply to Radiesse or Sculptra, which are made from a completely different material.

When a filler is injected, I always tell my patients to massage any firm areas that they may notice during the first week. You can certainly ice an area after an injection, but it is not required. Also, if you are happy with the look after the injection, it will almost certainly stay that way. Everyone gets some water absorption and slight swelling after the filler is injected. I strongly advise everyone to wait 2 weeks after the filler before considering making any changes. Since people sometimes examine the area injected very critically, it is important to realize that there may be subtle differences between the areas injected and along the areas injected (eg the two sides of the lip) that may be noticeable to you at day 2 or 3, but will be fine by day 14. The important thing to note here is to not be in a rush to make changes in the first two weeks!

I believe the main advantage of knowing that your filler is reversible is having peace of mind that you are not “stuck” for many months or years with the filler if you end up not really liking it. The practical side is that you are very unlikely to even need it reversed. You should also know that if you inject the reversing agent, it may dissolve ALL of the filler injected into that area, which you may not want. It is not an exact science and we cannot control exactly how much of the filler will melt away with the reversing agent.