Kate (not her real name), was just 19 when she had her first implants. At a time when her body was still developing and most girls her age were excited about university or holidays abroad, she was eagerly anticipating the surgeon’s knife.
Now 28, she acknowledges that while she was a teenager, she was too young to understand the term consequences. “The trouble is, when we were teenagers, all that matters is what and how we look like.”
Like many teenagers, I am sure, many of us too are influenced by celebrity magazines which glamourized surgery, and by men’s glossies, which were full of near-naked women with full breasts. There is real pressure on women to generate the urge to look good for their men.
What was fairly unusual 10 years ago, has become a worrying trend today. Some clinics even offer loans or easy credit schemes to these young teenagers. Some of them wasnt even mature enough and they simply ignored to having discussions with their parents.
But what happens when the teenage girl grows up? And have to live with the consequences of their previous decisions? Because what they never talk about are the things that can go wrong or the fact that implants need maintenance such as uplifts or replacements especially when the breasts sag after having children.
Kate continued “Mum was furious when she found.” She yelled “How could you have been so stupid? You’re far too young. Your body’s still developing. You could have at least wait till you were in your 20s?”
Kate’s mother was so right. Her new breasts were so huge that they drew unwelcome attention and remarks from leering men.
Men would make sleazy comments that chipped away her confidence. She stopped wearing figure hugging outfits. She began to cover herself up, coz she didnt want that sort of male attention.
Ironically, Kate thought the implants were actually now leading to a lowering self-esteem instead of the confidence she had yearned for.
Many women learn it the hard way. Boyfriends would see them as nothing but only a trophy with big breasts. And their lady colleagues would make bitchy remarks in public.
With the benefit of age and experience, most women realised it was a mistake. Remember, celebrity magazines only advertises and make surgery sounds so easy. They dont warn you about the pain, about going too big or even the long-term risks.
A salutary thought for all ladies out there – remember, bigger does not necessarily mean better…..