There is an inherent code of gossip that lies at the center of each society. Everyone is, at some point in time, expected to lift his or her finger and single out someone for choosing the road less travelled. You probably have no right to exist if you haven’t been the initiator or victim of gossip. As with all petty issues, society has found faults in breast implants; a procedure that was initially invested in for patients undergoing mastectomy, or other congenital defects. However, nowadays people have been exploiting this treatment for their own aesthetic pleasure. Let’s have a look at some of the perspectives surrounding this debate and whether all the chitter-chatter holds any real substance.
The Self-Esteem Argument
Every women defending her decision to indulge in breast implants tells the society that it is a self-esteem booster. Having larger breasts makes them feel like “more” of a woman. While this may be the case for flat chested women or women with mismatched sized boobs, the self- esteem argument falls short on those who have perfectly acceptable breasts. Society retorts back by saying that woman who wish to get a breast implant tend to confuse self-esteem with body image. Self-esteem comes from within a person, while body image is related to social norms. So women, who feel uncomfortable with their bodies due to comparisons with other well-endowed women, are merely unable to feel comfortable with themselves as individuals.
Bigger is Better?
Historically, women were built to birth children. Wider hips and breast are just a part of the package that women have been endowed with. Men, on the other hand, were built for hunting animals and bringing back the metaphorical “bread”. Hence, men have a slender build that allows them hold their weight better and run faster. This is just how we have evolved as separate genders.
The sexual factor associated with bigger breasts is more psychological and social then biological. Men are attracted to females as a whole and breasts just happen to be a part of that package. Society and media have, however, placed special emphasis on breasts as a sexually arousing body part that has led men and women to think the same way. So women, who wish to enhance their sexuality, feel that there is a direct correlation between the size of their breasts and the stare of a man. So be it. Factually speaking, it is all psychological.
Beauty Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder
Oh, the cliché that is this line, “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”! Society warns women that they are beautiful as they are and will be appreciated for it by the right person. This is true; there is no doubt that there is someone out there who will appreciate a woman’s unsatisfactory breasts. Something she considers to be a deficit may be considered to be an asset by him. But women undergoing breast implants argue that they do not want to wait for that “one” man. They would much rather be appreciated by all men (and women) for the beauty that they can possess.
What really matters?
At the end of the day it all boils down to a personal decision and personal opinion. As long as you have the money to indulge yourself and are aware that you will need to reinvest in surgery every decade or so, no one can stop you from making a decision you are comfortable with. If the patient is willing to undergo the potential side effects and has found the benefits to exceed the drawbacks, the chitter-chatter is immaterial.