Posts Tagged ‘plastic surgery’

I had an interesting experience at work the other day. I know, another work story, but you might find this one interesting.

I was helping a woman with a bra fitting – making sure it fit, to put it plainly. She was an older woman, older than me, clearly monied because she was wearing expensive eyewear, jewelry and had a Gucci handbag. She carried that air of old money.

I was standing in the change-room doorway chatting and accessing the bra she had on, one that I felt was a little ‘large in the cup’ but she loved it, and it did fit. I said ‘that particular make of bra doesn’t work on me but it looks great on you’ and she laughed and said ‘different surgeons’.  

It took me a moment to get it. Oh, right. Implants. She assumed. She figured all women had had surgery to ‘improve’ their breasts. It was then I started to examine her face, neck, even her stomach. Sure. She’d had it all, I realized. But in her case, it looked pretty good. She still looked her age, and she was still attractive. Her skin was wrinkled but tighter, no hanging rooster neck or unnecessary belly fat.

I do not support nor condone men or women who choose to have work done. It is not my place to judge. I do, however, worry.

I have heard young, flawless beauties in their twenties, rub their foreheads and talk about getting botox because of a barely visible beginning of a (line?). We have all seen those who have lost sight of the significant amount of work they have done to their faces and bodies, who are outright scary looking.

I remember going through a phase, probably during the time when my body was shifting from young into not so young, when I resented the women who could afford to get work done. Not because I was jealous. I didn’t want any part of it. But it upped the ante for the rest of us. Suddenly there were all these women with larger, firmer breasts, taut necks, flatter stomachs. How could we ‘regulars’ compete? And being single made things worse because men generally go for younger, and either don’t know the difference when a woman has had work done, or don’t care.

But I got over it.

There are many ways in which my body has changed since I was twenty and thirty, and it has taken some time to come to terms with these changes. Perhaps I’m fortunate enough to have naturally good skin. I stay active, keep my muscles toned and keep myself relatively fit.

Or perhaps I’m fortunate enough to finally be happy with my body and myself just the way I am.


Breasts. The mammary gland so desired by men and women, perhaps for different reasons, and perhaps not always true.

Men do seem to lust over large, full breasted women and many women will go to great lengths to enhance their breasts; to be more desirable, to feel sexier? The question remains. However, many women choose to have breast reductions, finding that larger breasts inhibit an active lifestyle, can be cumbersome, and cause future back and posture problems. And many men prefer small breasted women. As the saying goes: “I don’t need more than what can fit in the palm of my hand”.  images-1

The first silicone gel implant was performed in 1962, using the Cronin-Gerow Implant Prothesis developed by Thomas Cronin and Frank Gerow. But creating larger breasts for women, or repairing disfigured or lopsided breasts, has been going on since the 1890’s.

The first implant surgery was done for reconstruction purposes after a surgery to remove a large benign tumour. The surgeon used fat from the patient’s hip to implant into her missing breast tissue. Interesting, and by all accounts, successful.

Later, trials began of injecting foreign substances as ‘filler’ for breast enlargement. First paraffin (made up largely of petroleum jelly) was used, which caused eventual and significant problems, (blindness and amputation!). Apparently the use of paraffin is making a comeback in places like Turkey and India for penile enlargement. Advice is, don’t!

From 1915 to 1943 nearly everything was tried, from inserting ivory or glass balls, to fillers like oils, beeswax, epoxy, resin, ox cartilage, sponges, and cobra venom. You name it, it seems to have been tried, many with very serious side affects, as you can imagine.

In the 1950’s, a sponge was invented. It was comprised of polyethylene tape wound into a ball and placed in the breast area to give it the famous pointy look of the 1950’s. Sadly, the faux breasts turned rock hard and eventually collapsed. Yuck. 

sgiThe 60’s brought silicon, then saline implants, which made their debut in 1964. Silicon was banned for many years and saline, which by then had FDA approval, became the successful approach for augmentation. It was back to the drawing board for silicone and in 2006, silicone breasts implants made a comeback. A big one.

Now silicone gel is designed to feel most like human breast tissue, it lasts and is safe to use.

Although many women I know are tossing out their implants (quite literally), wanting to return to their natural body state and proportion, implant surgery, whether for replacement, re-augmentation or simply upping your cup, is looked upon as a normal and simple procedure these days.

Which brings me back to working in lingerie…

We get an amazing number of 30 GG or 32 H sizes. Just sayin…  images