I had been thinking about having my breast’s enlarged for a while after a sudden decrease in size in the middle of 2011. I was quite upset at the shrinkage as there appeared to be no real reason for it, normally such things occur following dramatic weight-loss or childbirth, neither of which applied to me. Well, In fact I had dramatic weight-loss back in early 2009 when I dropped from 11 stone to 8 stone, size 12/14 dress size to 8/10 (well sometimes 6 depending on the clothes). But, when I lost all that weight I maintained my 34DD breast size (which is quite ample) while I had been ‘bigger’ myself I hadn’t really considered my boobs to be that good a size and was shocked to discover (after years of discomfort and ill-fitting bras) that it was because I was wearing a 36B when I should have been wearing a 34DD. Now, uncertain as to my actual size again (need to get remeasured, I’ve tried 34B, C, and D cups but none fit ‘right’) but definitely smaller as my boobs dont fill 34DD bras anymore, I need/want my bigger boobs back!
The thing I’m worried about (other than the usual risks of such procedures) is general anaesthetic, I’ve never had any surgery and should I put myself through surgery for vanity? I’ve never been one to approve of such things but if you’re paying and not getting the NHS to pay then it’s your choice really. Still, I just don’t know. If I get my boobs done, would I then be dissatisfied with something else and end up in some vicious circle of ‘self-improvement’ that ends up becoming more of a problem than a cure. I mean for starters is this just another symptom of my BPD, lack of sense of self and identity? Am I searching for something I’ll never find? Am I doing this because I know my other half would like me to have bigger boobs? Is it another form of self-harm?
Whatever the end decision, I am trying to do my homework properly and not rush into anything. I’m reading research papers online and trying to find studies about Macrolane, an alternative injectable breast enlargement procedure that does not require general anaesthetic. However, this procedure is still quite new in comparison to traditional implants and there is not much information available about the safety (or not) of the treatment, and of course long term effects cannot be described when something is new. A few individual reports from women complain of ‘encapsulation’ which is a normal body reaction to foreign objects, leaving them in pain and deformed – but you can read these things about ‘botched’ or rejected implants too. One clinic has posted a helpful video stating why they dont use Macrolane, and I spoke to Transform, who don’t use it because they feel there is not enough information about it’s safe use to risk their reputation offering it – maybe they will in future if it is proven safe and effective?
As it stands, other than the research carried out by the manufacturers in Japan (which to me is not good enough as it may be biased as the manufacturers commissioned it) there is no ‘real’ evidence of the safety of Macrolane. Yet, there are still regular reports of problems and complications with traditional implants, despite many improvements with the procedures over the years…
Then there is the issue of cost, traditional breast enlargement can cost from around £3700 (Transform, 2011) whilst Macrolane starts at around £3000 (Stratford Dermatherapy clinic, 2011) BUT macrolane is only temporary, needing a top-up (at a further £1000) in 12-18 months. So, it’s not really a cost saving option to go for macrolane. And, despite claims of being ‘quicker’ for macrolane the procedure time for both is about the same, 45 minutes, the difference would be needing more recovery time after a general anaesthetic with surgical implants.
So, as it stands prior to going for a free consultation with different clinics these are the pro’s and con’s of both types of procedure:
- No general anaesthetic
- Injection rather than scar
- ‘apparently’ quicker recovery time
- relatively new procedure
- not much information about safety
- well established with improving safety records
- personal recommendations from friends who’ve had the procedure
- general anaesthetic
- known possible side-effects/reactions
- recovery time
So, my research phase continues for now, I have some consultations booked and I will be back with an update in the near future…
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- Are Implants Dangerous? (everydayhealth.com)
- Does the size of my breasts have anything to do with my health? (zocdoc.com)
- Enhancing your Body Parts and Contentment (hillsbiblechurch.org)
- Denise Richards, Tori Spelling, ‘I Regret My Boob Job’: Celebrity Boob Job Regrets (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Constant career changes – the BPD unstable sense of self and identity (showard76.wordpress.com)
- What is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)? (showard76.wordpress.com)