Summary: The top three reasons people undergo breast enhancement may or may not apply to you. Everyone has their own reasons for undergoing any plastic surgery procedure. And that’s really what’s most important. That’s why it’s usually a good idea to focus on your own reasons to undergo breast enhancement surgery.
Three Common Reasons People Undergo Breast Enhancement Surgery
Breast enhancement procedures are among the most popular plastic surgery options available. Every year, hundreds of thousands of patients undergo some form of breast enhancement. Knowing the top three reasons people undergo breast enhancement can help you come to terms with your own motivation (assuming you want a breast enhancement of some kind).
Although first, we should point out that there are several types of breast enhancement options available. This particular category of plastic surgery procedures includes everything from a breast reduction to a breast lift to a breast augmentation.
All of those procedures produce very different outcomes, so you’d probably assume that patients motivations for each one are quite different, too. But that’s not necessarily the case. Indeed, a breast lift and a breast augmentation patient can have quite similar motivations. It all depends on your overall physiology and what you’d like your end results to look like. So what are the top three reasons people undergo breast enhancement surgery? Let’s take a look!
Reason #1: To Look More Youthful
One of the biggest motivating factors for any plastic surgery procedure is pretty simple: patients have the desire to appear more youthful. Because the signs of aging manifest in a number of ways, looking more “youthful” can mean a few different things.
The breasts tend to show aging by becoming larger and changing orientation (the breasts tend to droop as they age). Pregnancy and nursing can exacerbate or speed up these changes, and in some cases, the breasts can “deflate” as a result. That’s why it’s not uncommon for breast reduction, breast lift, or breast augmentation to be used by patients who want to look more youthful.
A breast reduction can eliminate excess tissue, making the breasts smaller. A breast lift can make the breasts appear perkier, as they did in youth. And breast augmentation could restore volume lost to aging or pregnancy. Breast reduction and breast lift are the most common breast enhancement procedures for those who want a more youthful look, but they are certainly not the only ones.
Reason #2: To Feel More Confident
Most confidence comes from within. But it can be hard to feel confident when you are unhappy with how you look. That’s especially true when there’s not really much you can do about changing the areas that seep confidence from you.
It’s relatively impossible to change your breast size or shape using only diet and exercise. Sure, there are some ways that you can build up the muscle beneath your breast tissue–but there’s no guarantee it will have the effect that you’re after.
So it’s not uncommon for patients to seek out a breast enhancement procedure in order to change the way their breasts appear. And, again, all three major breast enhancement procedures are employed to do this: breast reduction, breast lift, and breast augmentation. It’s not about “looking better,” per se, it’s about feeling confident in the way you look. That can be a big difference–for these patients, it’s all about how they perceive themselves. And that’s what gives them the confidence.
Reason #3: Comfort
We don’t usually think of breast enhancement as a set of procedures that brings comfort, but they can certainly do that. Physically, overly large breasts can be quite the weight. And that weight can cause chronic neck and back pain.
So it’s quite common for patients to undergo a breast reduction procedure in order to eliminate this particular discomfort. Once the breasts are a more manageable size, patients notice a significant reduction in neck, shoulder, and back pain (not to mention headaches caused by that other pain).
The Most Important Reason is Your Own
Of course, in many cases, the most popular reasons to undergo breast enhancement don’t matter nearly as much as your own reasons for undergoing breast enhancement. And, you must undergo this procedure for your own reasons–it’s important that patients do not undergo breast enhancement when they are pressured or coerced in any way.
So talk to your surgeon about your motivation. The three most common reasons why people undergo breast enhancement may or may not apply to you. But that doesn’t mean your own reasons aren’t very important and very valid. Whatever is motivating you to undergo a breast enhancement procedure, the more you know about your own reasons, the better you’ll be able to articulate your desired final results.
And that’s a key step in getting the breast enhancement you want.
About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been involved in marketing plastic and cosmetic surgery for over twenty years. He loves chatting with surgeons about what procedures are popular and why patients love them.