Volume 95, Issue 22

Thursday, October 11, 2001
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Boobs: here, there and everywhere

Does size matter?

The supporting role of bras in history

Getting to know your chest

Does size matter?

By Lindsay Satterthwaite
Gazette Staff

While flipping through bridal magazines last spring, Jane Doe (not her real name), a third-year student at Western, decided to get a breast enhancement.

"I found the dress of my dreams and I knew that, physically, I would never be able to fill it out and look good in it with my chest size," she explained.

Nearly three weeks after the initial idea, Doe made an appointment for a consultation. "I liked the doctor immediately. He had been practicing for sixteen years and I was comfortable with him right away," she said.

Though her mother was apprehensive at first, thinking her daughter would look perfect in anything, she eventually supported the decision.

Like most women who have breast enhancements, Doe wanted to maximize the size of her breasts. Being a petite size A, the largest her skin could accommodate was a size C.

Doe was able to see computer images of her breasts "before and after" and was very happy with what the end result would look like.

Three months later, Doe was admitted to hospital. "The surgery itself was only forty minutes, but I was hooked up to an intravenous of water to replenish my fluids, which is reasonably uncommon," she explained.

As a young female, Doe decided to have the implants inserted beneath the muscle to ensure she would be able to breast feed normally when she has children.

For implants inserted above the muscle, the recovery rate is faster, but there is little possibility of breast feeding after this surgery. Women who opt for this technique are often older and already have their families.

"It is much easier to endure the extended discomfort now knowing that it will not affect me in the future," she said.

Implants are commonly made of saline which, unlike the controversial silicone implants, are not a health risk if they puncture. The technology of breast implants is now quite advanced and Doe is not expecting any problems with them during her lifetime.

For $5,400, Doe is overjoyed with the results. "I am extremely happy with them and they have made me more comfortable with myself as a person," she said.

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