When you’re a teenage girl, having a flat chest can often be disappointing, especially when everyone else around you has already “developed”. However, at that age, it’s safe to assume that there is still hope for development as you mature into adulthood. Those who develop a little later than others are commonly labeled as “late bloomers.”
Now, if the same holds true when you’re a grown woman, then chances are your chest is not going to get any bigger. Fortunately, you can do something about it; today, more and more women are opting for breast augmentation or breast enhancement procedures in order to increase the size and shape of their bust. In addition to cosmetic surgery, there are also some natural breast enhancement options women can consider.
One of the most common methods for increasing the size of a woman’s breasts is plastic surgery, commonly known as a breast augmentation procedure or boob-job. The process entails the use of implants from materials such as silicone or saline to increase the size and shape of the breasts.
Along with the desire for a fuller look, many women get breast augmentation surgery after having a baby or undergoing breast reconstruction due to cancer or weight loss. The procedure allows them to have more of a natural-looking appearance. Surgeons typically insert the implants behind each breast for the purpose of increasing the patient’s bust line to the desired size. The procedure can last up to 5 hours or more depending on the intricacy of the situation.
Risks and Recovery
The recovery period for breast enhancement surgery patients typically varies from person to person and is based on factors such as age, skin type, medical conditions and the type of implants used. Although younger women usually have a shorter recovery period from breast enhancement surgery, all patients are recommended to have plenty of rest and limit their body movements in order to speed up the process.
As with any other type of surgery, there are certain risks associated with getting a boob-job that women should be aware of prior to consenting to have the procedure done. Some of them include the following:
- Unevenness in breast size
- Unsightly scarring
The cost for boob jobs in most parts of the United States range from $5,000-$15,000, depending on the surgeon, clinic and materials which are used for the procedure.
It’s important to ensure that the price patients are quoted for breast enhancement surgery includes the following expenses;
- Cost of the anesthesiologist
- Surgeon’s fees
- The hospital room for aftercare
- The operating room
Patients should consult with experienced board certified plastic surgeons for breast augmentation surgery. It’s also not advisable to have the surgery performed by doctors or surgeons who charge significantly less than the minimum amount for the procedure.
Natural Enhancement Options
Women that want bigger boobs, but have absolutely no desire to go under the knife in order to get them can consider alternative options, such as natural breast enhancement techniques. While natural breast enhancement methods do not provide women with the same type of instant gratification that cosmetic surgery does, comparable effects can be achieved over time. Additionally, they cost a lot less and have fewer to no side effects involved.
Some common types of natural breast enhancement procedures include the following:
- Breast enhancement exercises
- Breast enlargement pills
- Herbal breast enhancement supplements
Regardless of the method in which breast augmentation is achieved, the effects can do wonders for a woman’s self-esteem and confidence. However, before undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery procedure or consuming pills and applying ointments, it’s important to evaluate the pros and cons and educate yourself on the risks and complications that may be associated. This allows individuals to make an informed decision and have a successful outcome.
[page updated December 2008]