* « Philosophie de la chirurgie esthétique. Une chirurgie nommée DESIRS »
by Odile Jacob.
Current state of the art
The small breast complex!
Two personal cases, taken from the book Philosophie de la chirurgie esthétique*.
The DESIRS method
The experience of Suzanne – 38 years old
Defect and what she sought : Correction of a too-small bust which was slightly drooping. Loss of firmness after two pregnancies.
Emotion : ‘Looking at photos from fifteen years ago, I realized my problem. My breasts had changed and as far as I was concerned it was the result of my two pregnancies and diets. True, for a number of years I had worn wonder bras, which had improved my shape. And yet somehow my bust bothered me: I saw it was missing when I was naked.’
Imagination : ‘I didn’t want to admit it before my pregnancies, but I always wanted a more feminine bust.’
Reflection : ‘At that moment I wanted to talk to my husband about it. I gave myself the time to watch programs on cosmetic surgery and to be reassured by the stories and experiences of certain people. I had to face up to the problem. I decided to talk to my husband about it: he hadn’t realized that I was so preoccupied by the matter and quickly gave me his opinion.’
Solution and Satisfaction : ‘He understood that surgery was a necessity for my well being, and he let me take the right steps in February. It was six months ago as I write that the operation took place. I am entirely happy with the result. I have waited until now to do it because I am sure that I do not want any more children and it’s time to think of myself.’
What Suzanne decided to do was to re-establish her femininity after having fulfilled her mother’s role.
The case of Carole, 28 years old
Defect and what she sought : Increase in breast size by prosthesis.
Emotion : ‘Since adolescence, my breasts had always seemed too small to me. Once the first shape had been established I began to push them forward with push up bras, padded bras and by using every trick imaginable and unimaginable. That enabled me to feel better, more feminine. Yet when I was undressed, something was missing.’
Imagination : ‘In my eyes, without breasts – that symbol par excellence of femininity – I could not accept that I was a whole woman. Despite that, men were reassuring and found my small bust very pretty. One day I met a woman as slim as me who, surprisingly, had perfect natural breasts. Her ample, pear-shaped bust was a treat for the eyes and made me want to touch it. I afterwards learned that cosmetic surgery could work wonders and decided to go for it myself.’
Reflection : ‘Of curse, it was not easy to get my family and friends to accept this operation. My parents couldn’t understand how badly I felt and what seemed to them like a whim was a slight on their pride. I was no longer the perfect little girl that they had conceived. As for my partner, he loved me as I was and feared that this venture into the unknown would alter our relationship – that the plastic implants would come between us.’
Solution and Satisfaction : ‘My decision was made. When I woke up with my new breasts, the result was fabulous – neither too much nor too little, adapted to my morphology and just what I was expecting. Today I feel fulfilled, I am more a woman, I have no further need to cheat and my husband finds me even more beautiful. I have much more self-confidence and I am more fulfilled than ever: it is a real renaissance.’
Carole’s decision led to renewal of her imago and her feminine status.
What are the possibilities offered by cosmetic surgery ?
Sagging breasts or Mammary ptosis
Mammary ptosis is slackening and sagging of the mammary gland and the skin. The areola is often wider, and the cleavage less shapely.
Depending on the volume of the existing breast, and on the volume sought, a personal treatment plan is devised.
Whether full or discreet, the bust can be a source of malaise.
Heavy breasts, or mammary hypertrophy, affect adult and adolescent women, the latter being forced too rapidly into the adult world.
They are often associated with some degree of mammary ptosis. They induce both functional and aesthetic difficulties.
Inversion or retraction of the nipples can prevent their erection.
- Undersized galactophorous channels.
- Breast-feeding and loss of sensation in the breast
- Treatment involves surgery to cure the invagination.