Major damage to a woman’s self-confidence rarely happens overnight. Usually, women have seeds of doubt planted by people over a prolonged period, but the resulting lack of confidence often takes much longer to repair. Some women never recover from a constant barrage of debilitating comments and this tends to make them withdrawn. Personality is what makes up a large part of a person, but this is eroded with diminishing self-confidence and that’s why more and more women are turning to mastopexy for a solution.
Mastopexy is more commonly known as a breast lift, but this can is done for a number of reasons that rarely come under the category of vanity-led cosmetic surgery that many people associate with breast augmentation rather than reduction or re-shaping. The vast majority of women who want to change the shape of their breasts, do so because breasts naturally change over time because of weight fluctuation, pregnancy and breast feeding or simple aging.
Surgery is an Aid – not a Solution
For many, surgery is the whole solution, especially when a specific area of a person’s body is targeted for unwanted attention or the person is no longer able to wear certain types of clothing because of their own perception of their body shape. However, many people need counselling to completely eradicate self-confidence issues because the real root of the problem is psychological rather than physical. Some people could suffer from reactive depression because they are transfixed with a certain part of their body, but often that is a result of aspiring to an unrealistic ideal.
It could be the case that once one area of the body is altered through surgery, another takes its place as the focal point for negative thoughts. This is sometimes why people appear to be addicted to plastic surgery and that in itself is a medical issue that counselling rather than another visit to the operating theatre is more likely to fix.
Making Your Mind Up
One of the reasons many people make the wrong decision about cosmetic surgery is a lack of communication. If they spoke to their friends or family about surgery and the reasons they want to make changes, they could be convinced to remain as they are because of the confidence boost they receive from loved ones. Any decision for surgery should not be taken lightly and that’s why including those closest to you is as important as choosing the right surgeon.
What Not to Do
The important thing to remember is that things do not always work out as you want them to even after surgery, but ensuring you use a very experienced and qualified surgeon that has the ability to offer both advice and a range of solutions is imperative. Too many consultants treat cosmetic surgery as a consumer product rather than taking into account the needs of the patient and offering sound advice pre-op. That’s why intending to use a seasoned and well-respected professional like Dr Jeremy Hunt is more important than shopping around for a surgeon based on price or locality. If it means travelling an extra 150 miles then that’s not a bad thing in the great scheme of things.
Karen Underwood is a mother to three who opted to have a mastopexy after the birth of her third child, but did so with the support and understanding of her husband.