If you find this topic objectionable simply don’t read it. My goal is not to offend but to help, especially, young women to see their worth not in the size of their breasts.
It seems to me that our culture is in love with large breasts, real or fake. Many women and even more tragically, young women want breast enhancements. As someone who has been naturally “blessed” I thought I’d give a few reasons not to follow the crowd heading to the plastic surgeon.
1. I’ve had surgery and it hurts. Not a boob job but several others. No doubt about it, surgery causes pain. Yes, it’s temporary, but I wouldn’t choose to undergo the knife unless I had to. Especially multiple times.
2. Bra strap dents. Even if they are perky they will need support. Gravity is universal and will pull on the girls whether they are fake or not. The heavier they are the more the bra straps will pull on your shoulders. These become permanent after a while.
3. They get in the way. If you golf or shoot handguns the girls get in the way. I’ve done both and yes you will have to make adjustments in your swing and how you hold your weapon.
In my younger, thinner days I had men not look at my face during a conversation. It’s demeaning. The seventies were all about getting women respected for their capabilities rather than their bodies. How about we focus on what we can do rather than what a body looks like?
4. They get in the way. If you golf or shoot handguns the girls get in the way. I’ve done both and yes you will have to make adjustments in your swing and how you hold your weapon.
5. Gravity wins in the end. Sorry to tell you this, but as we age the skin elasticity becomes like an overstretched rubber band. No, it doesn’t break but it won’t go back to the short, tight size it was when it was new. Muscles lose their tone too. Yes, your boobs will sag. Sorry, youth is not eternal. Accept it and move on, or save your money for another surgery.
6. Because you will have more. Nothing lasts forever so they will need to be replaced. Within five years nearly 25% of women have gone under the knife again for various reasons. The older the implants get the greater the risk of rupture.
7. The satellite dish look. We go to the Caribbean in the winter and have seen topless as well as bikini covered implants. Believe me you can tell who has implants whether they are large or not. The shape is different. They tend to look like inverted satellite dishes pointing to the stars when the woman lies down. Not at all natural.
8. The shelf which shows stains. I think I’m a fairly neat eater. My shirts tell a different tale. I get spots along the upper chest area of shirts. I dress modestly so if you show a lot of cleavage it might not effect you as much.
9. Don’t forget they will be heavier. There’s an old saying: A pint’s a pound the world around. Implants are measured by volume in cc’s. A 350 cc implant will add about 12 oz of weight to each breast. A 500 cc will add a pound. Remember, you’ll be carrying that around on your front with the added strain on your back, shoulders and neck.
10. None of what I’ve written has addressed the risks of breast augmentation. Here is a very good article from Glamour Magazine. http://www.antell-md.com/newyorkplasticsurgeon/media/Glamour_complete_web.pdf
11. Take a moment to consider how you are seen by your Heavenly Father. He cares not about how you look. Even Jesus was not known for his good looks. God cares about you because you are. He doesn’t look at the skin, bone and marrow, but the person of character who is following him. In my view that is more important and lasting.
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Sophie Dawson is my pen name. The real me is the wife of a farmer in western Illinois.
I have two grown sons, one of which is married to a wonderful young woman. They gave us the most wonderful granddaughter ever in November of 2010. I'm not the least bit prejudice. :)