Taylor Gettings and Mia Stook - November 26 2020

Our Bodies Our Choice

Our Bodies Our Choice Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is considered one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. It’s seen as a procedure that can cost anywhere from $6,000 to $12,000 depending on many factors. The reasoning behind getting this type of procedure vary for every woman and there’s a big stigma on what those reasons are. It’s important that as a society these reasons stop being misconstrued. Below are stories from multiple women who have gone through with this procedure and how it has changed their life and view of themselves for the better. The common theme from these women is the desire to do the surgery for themselves.

Taylor's Story

Post-surgery it has substantially impacted my confidence. I don’t feel like anything is holding me back, and I feel like it gave me the confidence within that area I always was lacking. I knew heading into this surgery that I was doing this for me. I feel like that’s an extremely important point to make, that for me this surgery was about me. I knew that externally it would impact me and my appearance, but it’s important to stress the inner peace I felt getting an operation like this. I had many conversations with important figures in my life, having an open dialogue about why I wanted this surgery and how beneficial it would be for me. It took a while, but they finally understand my thought process and were extremely supportive of my decision.
These days there’s such a stigma around girls wanting to get a boob job. There are two spectrums to this stigma, it’s either something girls feel a certain level of pressure to do. This is due to the beauty standards; society makes them feel that they have to adhere to.
Or in return, it’s seen as fake and plastic and frown upon as an extremely vein procedure to go through with. There’s no winning.

As a woman who has recently gone through with a breast augmentation, I’m here to give you my perspective on it and adjust the stigma around this. From a young age, I always knew I wanted to get a boob job. For me genetically I didn’t have a large chest area, my sister and mum always said I would change my mind, but I didn’t. For me personally it always made me feel insecure. I didn’t feel pressure from society to look like a certain type of person, for me, I just knew it would empower and benefit me. It was always something I wanted to do for myself. Now as a 23-year-old I can happily say it was the best decision I’ve ever made. 

The journey to get here was long, but I knew somehow, I was going to make it happen. I spent over a year saving for this operation. It was a long process but a process I’m extremely proud of myself for going through. For over a year I had full-time university and worked two jobs to save enough for the surgery. I committed to living in a share house and put all my energy and money into my savings. I turned down trips with my friends, social outings, severely restricted any shopping, and made that my number one priority in every aspect. I was extremely committed. It was a rough year, but incredibly worth it. 


A story of why I got breast Implants

Mia's Story

If I’m going to be completely honest, I knew that I needed to get a breast augmentation from the time I was 10. It’s not in my family’s genetics and I grew up watching my mum, aunty and cousins all go through the procedure. So, to me it just seemed logical.

Although I had gone through puberty and I was ‘developed’, I still felt like a flat chested boy. It wasn’t so much society that pushed me to change my appearance but more my mental health. I remember before I got surgery, I would have anxiety attacks about the craziest things. For example, going to the beach, a party or shopping for a bra would send me into a frenzy. I was lucky enough to have lots of support from both friends and family when I did decide to go ahead with the procedure. I was 19. For some people this might seem young, but I was ready and quite honestly it was the best decision I had ever made for myself. In this day and age so many young people think they have to look almost identical to a Bratz doll to feel or receive worth from themselves or others. So, I understood if some people had concerns but ultimately it was my decision and knew it was going to make me feel like a whole/sane woman.

It felt like it was a rite of passage when I had my surgery. I had officially shed all of my insecurities and was finally becoming the confident woman I wanted to be! I began taking better care of my body, emotions, mental health and I haven’t looked back! I’m so proud and thankful that I could make this change so early in my life and although a breast augmentation surgery might seem superficial to some it’s necessary to others. It's changed my life for the better.

Cian’s story

I was 26 when I got my surgery and I made the decision to get it done after breast feeding all four of my kids. After breastfeeding, I was so unhappy with my body and focused on losing all the extra weight I had gained during my pregnancies. I got to a point where I was happy with every part of myself - except my boobs. Even though I had lost all that weight, dresses wouldn’t fit me properly because of my boobs. It made me feel incredibly self-conscious, and I think my breaking point was my sister’s hens. The dress I ended up wearing didn’t fit me, and I ended up having to stuff three chicken fillets in my dress! At that point I knew I needed to do something to improve my confidence. When I made that decision to get it done, I was extremely thorough in my research and made sure to look into every avenue, even looking into Breast Implant Illness. Now that I’ve got the surgery done, I can honestly say it was the best decision I’ve ever made. It has been a massive confidence boost and has gone from being my worst feature to my favourite feature. I think one of the things that I was initially worried about when thinking about getting this surgery was the stigma that comes with this procedure. I think a lot of people look at you differently and judge you for getting a boob job, but I knew that I was doing this for me and that was all that mattered.

Our society is so quick to judge, instead of listening and trying to understand someone’s perspective. Breast augmentation for many women like these is something that has empowered and allowed us to gain confidence in an area we lacked. These are only some of the reasons why women decide to get this surgery, and hopefully, it’s given some insight into this topic and helped to reduce the negative stigma. 

Our society is so quick to judge, instead of listening and trying to understand someone’s perspective. Breast augmentation for many women like these is something that has empowered and allowed us to gain confidence in an area we lacked. These are only some of the reasons why women decide to get this surgery, and hopefully, it’s given some insight into this topic and helped to reduce the negative stigma.

The Business Collection Magazine Writer