Breast implants seem to be a quick easy fix for someone who may think that they are not meeting up to the ideal body image of today. With all of the different things influencing women, especially the media, how would they ever be able to view their body as sufficient or even adequate without any alteration? Would it be possible for breast implants to really solve the issue of having a negative body image? After a woman gets breast implants, where would the unnatural enhancing stop? Women become obsessed with dissatisfaction of their bodies and want to continue with altering their entire figure.
With growing numbers of women getting breast implants, more women start to believe that this is the way to receive that ideal body. Research done by Kristen Harrison suggests that, for women, exposure to ideal-body images guides women to making the decision to receive surgical body-alterations such as breast augmentations. With this being done, they will then have the perfect and accepted body (Harrison 257). Do breast implants in women today improve or damage a woman’s body image? Some may wonder that if a woman were to get breast implants, would her view of her body be more positive?
There are so many influences that are saying yes to this question that many people may have. Body image is a huge problem in today’s society. It is not that there are too many women out there thinking that they have the most “rockin’ bod”, the problem is that so many women have a negative body image. They see themselves as being inadequate and in some more extreme cases, undesirable because they do not feel that they fit into that ideal body image category. So, my question is, if you could do something to improve your body image, would you do it?
Breast implants can boost a woman’s self confidence tremendously. In the study conducted by Cash et al. , “Women’s Psychological Outcomes of Breast Augmentation With Silicone Filled Implants: a two year prospective study”, showed that ninety percent of the women studied were satisfied with the surgery and how their personal body image changed for the positive (Cash 2119). 360 women were examined in this study and clearly the outcome of their augmentations reached their desired goal: a self confidence boost.
Getting breast implants may be looked at as succumbing to worldly ways, but this is not always the case. Some women are extremely insecure in their own skin if they are small-chested. Some women do not feel comfortable enough to get into a bathing suit in front of people, some do not feel comfortable wearing form fitting clothing because it shows that they are small-chested, and some just do not feel comfortable going out because, for the majority of the time, they focus on how uncomfortable they feel about themselves.
How terrible to feel this way about yourself and to have basically no self confidence. Women that feel this way obviously have a poor personal body image. Julia from San Diego used to be one of these women until she had breast implants. Julia said in her most recent blog post “I love them, my husband loves them, and they are healed perfectly. They feel incredibly natural, and I look great in whatever I wear” (Julia). This is what we want in women today. We want women to feel good about themselves and we want them to be happy about how they feel and who they are.
We want them to feel confident in all that they do. Another study was done to see how breast implants might change a person’s body image, as well as what other things this new body image might affect in other aspects of their life. The study of course showed that breast augmentations improved almost every woman’s confidence levels. Because these women were so satisfied with their breasts, they were excited to work on the rest of their body (in regards to working out consistently to get the body that would fit their perfect breasts).
They were also motivated to have a healthier diet (Armand 708). Breast implants not only increase confidence, but inspire women to better other aspects of their lives. Getting breast implants helps those women that are struggling with self confidence. It helps them feel of worth and see themselves in a positive light. Having a positive body image plays such a large role in one’s life. Having a negative body image with no self-confidence can cause many other issues such as depression, anxiety, and other similar disorders.
If you are self-conscious about your chest, then getting implants might help. A study done by Lippincott measured the efficacy of breast augmentations. This study showed that the women who underwent this procedure came out with a very new found positive body image along with decreased self-consciousness, heightened self-confidence, and just an overall better feeling about themselves (Lippincott 502). Getting breast augmentation may help increase self-image in women who struggle with low self-esteem, as found from this study.
There is an increase in the amount of women getting breast implants today, and the reason the numbers are growing may be because the media and others have influenced women to feel this way. They may guide women to think that their bodies are inadequate without the perfect breast size, but regardless of outside influences some women need a boost in self-confidence. Breast implants can help these women to feel great about themselves and can help them to live a happier and fuller life. Women that experience breast cancer often have to get parts of their breasts or even both breasts cut off or removed.
After trauma like this, wouldn’t you believe that a woman’s self confidence and self worth would be lowered significantly? It is difficult to argue against breast implants in a situation such as this. Lippincott and Raven conducted a study examining body image in women that experienced breast cancer. This study showed that breast implants helped restore these women’s body image. It helped them to feel confident and overcome the trauma of losing a part of their body to cancer (Lippincott-Raven 1). These women bounced back from a negative experience and live a normal and comfortable day to day life.
There are wrong reasons with everything you do. Trying to fit a mold society has placed, for example I know personally of women who have, after they are married, gotten breast implants to help improve how they feel about themselves and to feel more attractive for their husband. This would be one of the right reasons to get breast augmentation. Simple things such as putting on make-up or doing hair can make women feel so much more attractive. Under the right circumstance, breast implants can give a woman the confidence she needs to fight other insecurities in her life.
Breast augmentation does improve body image and does increase self confidence in women. Breast implants help women to feel comfortable in their own skin that might not otherwise. If getting breast implants will help boost the self confidence of a woman, then they will be serving a great purpose. Body image is very controversial in the world we live in today. Many are now working hard to try and fix our population of self conscious women. Breast augmentations are one of the ways that women can be boosted their self-esteem. Breast implants do help women to have a more positive body image.