ARE you thinking of getting a boob job? For every reason why you think you should have a boob job, I can give you three reasons why you should drop the idea.
For starters, boob jobs cost a lot of money. If you’re not rich, giving yourself breast implants means depriving yourself of something else quite substantial, which might do you more good.
Breast augmentation is like stage makeup that looks good only at a distance. “The first time I had a chance to feel a pair of breasts with implants in them, they felt like two blocks of cement covered with a quarter inch of skin,” remarked a friend who had a boob job recently. She had been told it was an unusually high quality job, too.
Six months after obtaining her blown-up boobs, she began to recognise herself as less attractive because of her enhanced breasts. “They look better on you from 25 metres than from 2.5 metres, better from one metre than from 100 millimetres, better in a photograph or video than in real life, and better with more clothing than they do with less. They’re at their worst when the distance is most intimate.”
From medical records, 25 to 40 percent of people who get breast implants end up needing another operation to correct something wrong with the first one. No less than 27 percent of implants put into breast cancer patients have had to be taken back out again within three years, due to side effects. Another 13 percent had to have lesser corrective surgeries. Even for healthy patients, most women experienced at least one complication over the three year period.
In general, breast cancer patients have complications with implants far more often than healthy people do. Many of the complications are about three times as likely for mastectomy reconstruction patients as for cosmetic augmentation patients.
This is socially the most acceptable and necessary time for implants to be used, but medically it is the most risky and unjustifiable time to use them. If you don’t have a healthy body at the start when you’re getting the implants, the odds of keeping healthy with them in place drops like a stone.
Up to 9 percent of saline implants end up deflating within just three years, and complications become more and more common for each year implants spend in the body. Even among women who do not complain of any perceived trouble with their implants, MRI scans show two thirds of them have ruptured implants on at least one side.
The rate is actually higher in 10 to 15 year old implants than with 20 year old ones, because the older ones were made with thicker containers. In 21 percent of women, significant volumes of silicone were found to have migrated elsewhere in the body. Though rare, it is not unknown for complications to be so severe that the breast ends up getting amputated. The chest wall can be injured. Your lungs and heart can be affected. You can end up dead.
Sometimes doctors find cultures of microorganisms growing inside saline implants when they’re removed. This is worrisome given that the newest implants contain vegetable oil… it could spoil.
Surgery in fatty tissues runs a much higher risk of difficult and dangerous infections taking root than surgery in lean tissue does. Infections with implants present are harder to treat than otherwise. In some cases the implant has to be taken out before the infection can be controlled. This problem affects about one breast augmentation patient out of 80.
Any surgery on breasts can, and often does, damage nerves and reduce skin sensation. The amount of loss is unpredictable. The damage can’t be reversed. Attempts to reduce this effect have a tradeoff: they increase the visibility of the surgical scar. Complete numbness of the nipple is not unknown. In a smaller number of cases, the side effect is the opposite: painful hypersensitivity to touch.
So are boob jobs really that necessary? The choice is yours.
Eat Your Way to Beautiful Skin
There’s an important connection between what you eat and how you look. A balanced diet is an essential prescription for healthy and vibrant skin. The good news is that the foods that happen to be good for your skin are also good for your overall health.
Many people find that the appearance of aging skin — wrinkles, thickening, discoloration, and decreased elasticity — is one of their biggest beauty concerns. While genetics largely determines when your skin starts to show these signs of aging, and the extent to which it shows them, environmental damage to your skin, as well as damage you cause yourself through lifestyle choices, can greatly accelerate this process.
Skin damage occurs as a result of oxidation, a chemical process in which unstable molecules called free radicals steal electrons from healthy cells. The most damaging oxidative stressors that we expose ourselves to are smoking and sunlight.
Aside from staying away from cigarettes and using sunscreen when you go out, the next best thing you can do for your skin’s health is to eat a diet rich in antioxidants. These are nutrients that work to defend your body’s cells — including skin cells — against the damage of oxidative stress.
You’re probably familiar with some antioxidants, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). Others, which you may be less familiar with, are collectively known as phytochemicals (there are hundreds of them), and they are found in foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans.
To keep your skin well-protected and nourished, and to extend its youthful appearance, focus on the foods that are good sources of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, Beta-carotene, selenium and Omega–3 Fatty Acids.