Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lady Gaga Wants Breast Augmentation

Photo: mirror.co.uk

Lady Gaga is lusting for a new accessory, and this time, we're not talking a fire cracker bra or or meat dress.

The pop star was overheard telling a waitress in New York that she was having a serious case of boob job envy while enjoying dinner with her beau, Luc Carl, reports the Daily Star UK.

"I love your boobs! Are they real? I really want to get implants too, I love fake boobs," Gaga allegedly told the waitress. But the platinum blonde had some reservations. "I'm not sure how Luc would feel about me getting my boobs made bigger," added the star.

This actually brings up a great point that readers looking to get a boob job often complain to me about: boyfriends and husbands who aren't down with the idea, and aren't supportive. It can be really upsetting when your man doesn't stand behind a major (and exciting) decision like getting a breast augmentation.

It's confusing, isn't it? Here you are, wanting to look your best -- and chances are, you probably take good care of yourself -- eat well, workout, dress well -- as many breast augmentation patients tend to do, because they're concerned with looking their best. Shouldn't a man be proud to have a woman who takes care of herself as a partner?

The thing is, breast implants cause any insecurities that a man has to boil to the surface -- because many fear that a pair of new boobs is going to be followed by an upgrade in a new man too. You can allay these type of fears with a sit-down chat about how the only that will be changing will be your boobs -- not your relationship. Just talking about it could be all the comfort he needs to get on board with the idea.

Other times, a guy can just be worried about your safety. There are boob job horror stories all over the internet, newspapers and television -- and many people mistakenly believe it's a dangerous surgery with risky complications and unattractive results. Nothing could be further from the truth of course if you do all your research and make the right choices, but people don't know that. If this is the case with your man, let him know that you've done all the research, and show him pictures of the kind of results you're going for. People don't always realize that boob jobs come in more than just one size and shape -- and when he sees that you've hired a great surgeon and have a specific final look in mind, he'll probably relax and maybe even become your cheerleader.

And more rarely, the issue could be that your man is just a boob about boob jobs -- and an underlying cause like jealousy or controlling behavior that is reflected in other areas of the relationship too comes to a head. In this case, you'll want to consider cleaning up or moving past the relationship before you get involved with a breast augmentation -- so that you're in a healthy, positive and happy state of mind before you make such a major decision.

And if you're looking for support, don't hesitate to reach out to me. My contact info is on my blog bio page.



Sunday, September 5, 2010

Heidi Montag Regrets Big Breast Implants

Heidi Montag admits that she hates her G-cup breast implants, and is getting them taken out. 

Unfortunately, I'm not surprised -- I always say that bigger is NOT always better when it comes to boob jobs. New York's Dr. Jennifer Walden agrees, and recommends a better size for Heidi. READ MORE.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Dangers of Bargain Boob Jobs

Photo: Jessica Cbl

Cheapie plastic surgery bargains have been on the rise - but the two women I interview tell tales of a face lift and breast augmentation gone wrong, and how it ended up costing them more in the long run. 

Plus, a popular discount cosmetic surgery chain that I strongly advise you avoid at all costs. READ MORE.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Breast Augmentation Fat Transfer

The thought of swapping out extra fat from your tummy or thighs to your breasts sounds pretty amazing, doesn't it?

The technique is called breast augmentation fat transfer.

And while it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, it's a technique that more and more plastic surgeons are experimenting with today!

One important thing: This technique is in the experimental phase, so I don't advise that you try to find a plastic surgeon who will perform this on you right now.

But it's a super interesting technique that you may be able to safely consider a little further down the road, once they've completed more tests to make sure everything is kosher. READ MORE.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kush Support

An interesting product pitch involving breasts crossed my desk today.

It actually made me laugh out loud.

Created by doctors, Kush Support is a sleek plastic cylinder meant to provide breast support and comfort while you sleep.

They claim that it's perfect for breast implants, c-cup or larger girls, side sleepers, post-op recovery, pregnancy and back pain. They also say that it prevents cleavage wrinkles -- as if mother nature doesn't give us enough to worry about on our face and necks!

I haven't tried the tool myself, but I'm completely intrigued.

I remember when I was healing from my augmentation, sleeping on my side several weeks later still felt very uncomfortable because the new weight of my top breast pulled against gravity, and my tenderly healing skin wasn't too happy about that.

But if you're healing from a breast augmentation, be sure to ask your doctor for approval -- as with anything else -- before you give it a try.

Dare I ask what they'll think of next?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Hollywood Hating On Breast Implants

Heidi Montag's cups are currently being traded for smaller chests like Astrid Berges-Frisbey in LA castings.
Photo: StyleList.com

AOL just asked me to write a story on boob jobs.

Apparently, there's quite a bit of backlash going on about breast implants - in of all places, Hollywood.

Yep - we're talking about the town that practically invented the concept of the eternally perky, full breast.

You can read the full story here.

It brings up a very important point that I get asked a ton about: breast implant size.

As you'll see from the link, women who choose supersized breast implants are often the unfair target of harsh judgments made by other people. These judgments can even limit the possibilities of things you may want for yourself in life - like certain careers and relationships.

You don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that many people think that extra large breasts = dumbed down floozy.

Now I think that's totally ridiculous, but that's unfortunately the world we live in.

So when women ask me what size to go with, I always tell them to make sure they're picking one that works in all facets of their lives - from the professional to the intimate to the fun.

That DD cup that makes your husband go cross-eyed and drop everything may make you feel like you need to button up to your chin while leading a presentation at work.

And Lord knows you're not shelling out those thousands just so you can walk around looking like a nun!

So you want to be aware of the image you're projecting, because most human beings -- whether it's wrong or right -- will judge the way you 'package' yourself.

There are also added complication risks you need to consider when going for an extra large size. Your skin and tissue needs to be able to support it, and it's often not pretty what an extra large implant will do to your chest tissue after years of gravity and wear and tear.

Plus, a large rack is HEAVY and can get cumbersome and tiring to carry around. I mention in the story that Sharon Osbourne is removing her DD implants this July - and it's for exactly this reason. She says they get in her way, and she's tired of lugging them around at the expense of her back.

With all that said, if you still decide that a supersized implant is for you and you have the confidence to carry it off, then I'm totally in support of you getting what you want and enjoying them!

Just remember that you need to be EXTRA vigilant about hiring a fantastic surgeon, because anyone with anything less than the best skills who implants extra large breasts is usually a recipe for disaster and the dreaded botched boob job.

And as for the chatter in the story from casting directors about breast implants being out of vogue in Hollywood - I say sure - maybe for the next five minutes. :-)

We're so familiar with this as women. Pointy toed heels are in, then they're out. Then they're on the cover of Vogue again, but not before you already sold your old pair on eBay. Damn it.

The truth is, for all the whining people do about how breast implants are fake and terrible and the cause for every ill of humanity, they walk past women with implants every day, and are none the wiser about it.

The average woman asks for a "full C" when getting implants. And no one can tell unless she shares the secret.

Just some food for thought as you contemplate boob jobs!

And remember - The Boob Job Bible is my full guide to everything you need to know to safely get the beautiful breast augmentation you've always dreamed of.

I back it with a bullet-proof 30 day money-back guarantee, always.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Breast Implants Without Anesthesia

The New York Times reported a disturbing trend today: the increase in doctors offering breast augmentation without general anesthesia.

You can read the full story here.

I just read the piece, and I literally dropped everything to put together this potentially life-saving message for you. This is one of the most dangerous games I've seen cash-hungry doctors getting away with in this country yet.

The piece features Dr. Robert L. True of Colleyville, Texas as one of more than 100 doctors in the USA who perform breast augmentation under local sedation.

Dr. True is really a gynecologist though. No surprise there. Many non-plastic surgeons are picking up more lucrative work "on the side" since you get paid up front and in full when performing cosmetic surgery, and you don't have to deal with insurance companies.

Doctors who perform cosmetic surgery on the side often learn how to do the surgery in weekend seminars. Meanwhile, plastic surgeons study breast augmentation for years before they're allowed to touch a patient all on their own. I can't tell you how drastic the difference in knowledge and care is between the two camps. It's literally the difference between taking a weekend course or getting a PHD in a subject.

And I can't over-emphasize enough how dangerous it is to hire someone who is not a board-certified plastic surgeon to cut into your body with a scalpel.

It's not worth any amount of savings.

You've got one face and one body, not to mention one life - and hiring someone who isn't qualified to touch you risks all of that.

But I haven't even shared what Dr. True likes to do with his patients during their breast augmentations.

Dr. True says he actually talks to his patients while they are laying on the table getting sliced up, and even sits them up on the table in a groggy haze so they can take a look at their breasts half way through and choose their size!

Do you have any idea how 'out of it' you are when you've got all of those narcotics and drugs pumping through your system? And now you're going to make a decision that will have permanent consequences for your body?

The story doesn't even touch upon the potential complications a doctor carelessly exposes you to by moving you up and around while operating on your breasts.

I can't believe a doctor can legally get away with doing this in this country.

There is a tragedy just waiting to happen here. And I don't want you to be the one who falls susceptible to it.

Heading into your breast augmentation surgery, all implant decisions should already be made. There is no reason to have to pick your size while you're undergoing the actual surgery.

The only thing your board-certified plastic surgeon should be doing during surgery is concentrating on your safety and the skill of placing the implant properly so that he produces the beautiful results you both agreed on BEFORE the surgery!

I of course go into detail on all the decisions you should make prior to the surgery in The Boob Job Bible.

Take the time to educate yourself and do all your research so that you won't fall prey to dangerous situations like this one, and so that you can have a safe, gentle experience that produces the gorgeous results that you want.

Please pass this message on to anyone you know considering a breast augmentation so that they're warned. Let's all keep one another safe.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Woman Sues Plastic Surgeon For Giving Her "Four Breasts"

In a dramatic five million dollar lawsuit filed by Maria Alaimo of Staten Island, the 47 year-old patient accuses her plastic surgeon  (Dr. Keith Berman) of implanting her with "four breasts."


But put the brakes on that freaky visual that just popped into your head!

What Maria is actually referring to is a breast augmentation complication called "double bubble."

Double bubble happens when an implant falls down BEHIND the fold of the breast instead of forward INTO the breast. As a result, the breast ends up with two folds that make it look like one breast is stacked on top of the other.

You might need to read that again to really "get" what I mean about how it's caused.

Here's a photo set to illustrate what I mean. Note that this IS NOT Maria Alaimo - it's a patient of Mountlake Terrace, Washington Plastic Surgeon Dr. Richard A. Baxter. The top set shows the double bubble, and the bottom set shows Dr. Baxter's amazing post-corrective surgery:

Now back to the lawsuit.

Maria had the first failed boob job in 2003, and she claims that two corrective attempts by Dr. Berman left her no better off - with breasts that "appear flattened on the bottom with severe swells the size of a softball on top," causing her to suffer from "pain, disability, loss of self-esteem, humiliation and embarrassment," - as reported by consumerist.com.

But that isn't all.

Maria is also blaming her divorce on the failed surgeries, saying that she could no longer be intimate with her husband after her disfiguring surgery.

Interestingly enough, the lawsuit states that she paid $2,999 for the breast augmentation in 2003, plus a $500 referral fee. That's such an eyebrow-lifting bargain basement price, that I would have immediately questioned why the steep discount; breast augmentations in the New York area average about $7,000-$9,000.

But a search on the American Board of Plastic Surgeons website shows that Dr. Spencer was board-certified for the first time in 1999 (4 years before Maria's surgery), and was just re-tested and passed board certification again in December of this past 2009.

So is this a case of a hysterical patient who may not be revealing the whole story behind her complications? Or is it a case of poor plastic surgeon skills?

It's impossible to tell with only the little sensational nuggets the public has of the story. It doesn't seem right that three surgeries later, Maria's breasts are still not fixed - but it's also pretty ridiculous that this woman seriously thinks a breast augmentation is the sole reason her marriage ended. (That's what she states in court documents.)

But I can't leave you without a moral to this tale of woe!

If you have very saggy breasts, your risk of double bubble is higher.

Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon if double bubble is something you should be concerned about. Most often, a lift to remove the excess saggy skin when you get your breast augmentation can all but eliminate the risk of this complication, if you've hired a skilled and properly credentialed surgeon.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Olympic Track Star Removes $13K Breast Implants

Photo: paperchaserdotcom.ning.com

Can you imagine paying $13K for a breast augmentation, only to pay for ANOTHER surgery to have the implants taken out 14 months later?

That's exactly what Australian track star Jana Rawlinson did, according to the Paper Chaser website.

Even though the sports star "loved" her new girls, she felt encumbered by them - and feared they were getting in the way of making the best race times.

If you're an athlete - or even just super active - you absolutely need to consider size when going for a breast augmentation!

Anything larger than a full B cup can get in the way of speed times and balance - and may even be a risk if your sport involves lots of body contact.

I figure skated competitively for many years, and am a bit of a fitness freak. I "wore" my size around for three months before my breast augmentation with a padded push-up bra to make sure that I was never uncomfortable while working out or being active.

I highly recommend you do the same - a size that you think looks gorgeous in the mirror may actually turn out to be in your way while doing the things you most love to do.

And you don't want to have to pony up $13K + for that lesson..

Monday, February 8, 2010

How To Protect Yourself From Dangerous Plastic Surgeons

Just a couple days ago, a jury found Plastic Surgeon Dr. Marco Loiacono guilty of professional misconduct in his treatment of a 33 year old breast augmentation patient, Catherine McCormack of Dublin, reports The Irish Times.

The lowdown?

Catherine's left breast became infected a few days after her breast augmentation at the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery (ACS) clinic in Dublin back in October 2006. When the mom of three went to see the doctor about the situation, she was red, inflamed and - get ready for this - oozing. These are all symptoms of a severe infection, which at that advanced stage can call for immediate hospital admittance, intravenous antibiotics and possibly removal of the implant.

Instead, Dr. Lociacono stitched the wound together, put her on your typical ho-hum antibiotics, and sent Catherine on her way - a response that the surgeon amazingly continued to stand by in court.

Also discussed in court was the fact that Dr. Lociacono didn't see Catherine for a whole 20 days after her initial surgery; his defense is that nurses saw her in the days following her surgery.

Catherine ultimately had to have her left breast removed, leaving her disfigured and ill with a significant recovery from the nasty infection.

Dr. Lociacono moved and continued to perform cosmetic surgeries in Brazil and Italy. Nice, huh?

Now this all brings up a very important point that I discuss in depth in my eBook, The Boob Job Bible: 10 Steps To A Sexy, Safe Breast Augmentation. YOU need to "interview" any plastic surgeon you consult with to make sure he's going to be your number one advocate, and that you'll be safe and completely cared for under his guidance.

While there are reckless and poor plastic surgeons out there, the one good piece of news is that they're pretty easy to pick out if you know what to look for.

Just a couple out of several points my eBook addresses that could have prevented this situation:

1. At your consultation, ALWAYS ask who will be seeing you for your follow up appointments right after surgery. Anyone other than the surgeon performing the breast augmentation on you is unacceptable, and you should never hire someone who gives you less than that.

2. While infections are rare, the signs to look for: Redness, skin that feels "hot" and any kind of oozing. If you so much as SUSPECT an infection, get in to see your plastic surgeon immediately. Not his nurse, not a phone call - him personally. If he finds that you DO have an infection, you'll want to ask if it's necessary to make a hospital trip for intravenous antibiotics and whether there is a risk that you may need to remove the implant. Infections are nothing to mess with. And you most certainly don't hang out with one for over 20 days, with no further treatment.

And this is the kind of story that scares women straight out of ever getting a boob job.

But if you do your homework, ask the right questions, and hire a great board-certified plastic surgeon - you can protect yourself from these kinds of craptastic doctors who give the whole industry a bad name.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Thigh Fat = Perky New Breasts?

Photo: Linda Barlett for National Cancer Institute

A pretty sensational press release crossed my desk today, claiming that the first "stem cell breast augmentation" had been performed in Florida, with an injection of regenerative cells that should increase the patient's bust by one cup size.

Fat was taken from the woman's thighs and hips via lipo, and then processed to extract natural regenerative cells - which were then injected into her breasts.

Now THAT'S my idea of recycling!

But remember that anytime you re-inject your own fat into your body, some absorption can happen. The release claims that this procedure retains 80% of the injected fat.

This all seemed a little too good to be true, so I consulted board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Parham Ganchi of Wayne, NJ to ask what he thought.

"This is basically fat injection to the breast which has been around since at least the early 90's. When fat is harvested, there are stem cells there. What these stem cells do or don't do is not known. What we do know is that by taking the fat and stem cells and whatever else is mixed in there and putting it in the breast, you can achieve a very modest breast augmentation. The problem is that there have been some concerns about the injected cells increasing the chance of breast cancer and interfering with our ability to detect breast cancer on a mammogram," says Dr. Ganchi.

If longer term studies show that the procedure is safe, Dr. Ganchi does think this could become a more popular option.

But because we're dealing with a possible connection to breast cancer, studies will take years - maybe even a lifetime.

So for now, silicone and saline are still your best friends.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Victoria Silvstedt: Victim Of Breast Implant Rippling

Not surprisingly, this less-than-flattering photo of Swedish model, actress and Playboy Playmate Victoria Silvstedt has been making the internet rounds.

The blonde bombshell was vacationing in St. Barths when this shot was snapped, clearly showing rippling in the inner side of her left breast.

Rippling is a breast augmentation complication that can happen to anyone and is very difficult for plastic surgeons to predict, though decisions like choosing large implants and going over the muscle increase your chances of ending up with the issue.

It's not painful, nor does it cause any further problems - it can just look unsightly.

And just like Victoria's pose in this photo, patients who get rippling tend to see it when they bend over and gravity pulls at the implant at a strange angle.

The best way to prevent rippling? Stick with a moderate size and go under the muscle.

Some plastic surgeons say that rippling is a bit more common with saline than it is with silicone too.

Writer Fired For Showing Off Breast Augmentation

Photo: okvi.com

There has been some hot gossip making the rounds of the New York media world lately, and it involves a pair of breast implants.

Apparently, a writer at Brides magazine - which is owned by media giant Conde Nast - called a couple of long-time friends into her office, closed the door, lifted her shirt and revealed her sparkling new breast augmentation - which was neatly wrapped up in a post-surgery sports bra.

Mouths flapped, and word of the incident traveled like wild fire through the office.

And then HR came knocking on the door.

They said they would investigate the matter, and investigate they did: two days later, the editor found a pink slip on her desk.

The axed editor is livid, and has since sued Conde Nast for wrongful termination.

"It was within the confines of my office, behind closed doors. There was no nudity involved. They were personal friends who I had known for years," she told the New York Post.

Lesson: Resist the urge to talk about or show the girls off at work. You might just end up walking the plank.

A Definite Way To Tell If Boobs Are Fake

Photo: wm.edu

Someone has finally figured out a way to definitely tell if boobs are fake.

That someone is Shauvon from The Real World; the one who burst her implant doing a stunt for the show.

This little science experiment involves a flash light and a dark room.

Apparently, if you put a flashlight right up under a breast in a dark room, a fake implant will glow Halloween orange.

So of course I HAD to immediately try this to see if it's true.

A dark room, a flash light and 15 seconds later - my boob was lit up like a Jack-o-Lantern.


Heidi Montag Before And After Pictures

Photo: HuffingtonPost.com

Unless you've been living under a rock recently, you've most likely heard the brouhaha over Heidi Montag's before and after photos in People magazine this week.

The controversy? The 23 year-old Hills star got a jaw-dropping TEN cosmetic surgery procedures done in one day.
Here's the grand total list:

-Mini Brow Lift (who lifts a 23 year old's brows?)

-Botox in Forehead and Frown Area

-Nose Job Revision

-Fat Injections In Cheeks, Nasolabial Folds and Lips
-Chin Reduction
-Neck Liposuction (Now I've heard everything)

-Ears Pinned Back

-Breast Augmentation Revision

-Liposuction on Waist, Hips and Inner and Outer Thighs
-Buttock Augmentation

Wow. Can you imagine what that recovery must have felt like?

Most good, board-certified plastic surgeons would refuse to stack that many surgeries into one day; the additional time spent under anaesthesia increases your risk of a serious complication like blood clotting, and it's difficult to heal properly from so many fresh surgeries at one time.

And another reality check: the "after" photo is an achievement of Photoshop flawlessness; in real life, anytime you cut into the skin - you'll leave some type of scar. Heidi no doubt has scarring going on here that we're not seeing.

All that said, I think I'm the only person on the planet who thinks she looks amazing in the "after" shot - except for the cartoonish breast augmentation. I'm willing to bet that Heidi is going to see some complications down the road for choosing such an exaggerated size for her naturally petite frame. She's asking her skin and tissue to do some pretty impossible things there.

But the funny thing is - I find myself looking at the before and after of her hair style the most out of anything. That sleek blowout looks gorgeous. And you know it only took 20 minutes, a big round brush and a hair dryer to achieve..something anyone can do for free in the privacy of their own bathroom.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Breast Implants For Terrorists?

Photo: LifeHack.org

Terrorist plot: Check.

Explosive PETN: Check.

Breast Implants: Check.


Believe it.

Now that the TSA is considering a switch to full-body scanners that leave nothing to the imagination, it's possible that would-be terrorists could conceal explosive materials in unscannable areas like breast implants, says Elan Singer in his Forbes.com article.

According to Singer, all a terrorist would need to set off bomb material implanted in breasts - or any other fleshy body part like thighs for that matter - is a liquid accelerant that could be injected with a pen.

The point of this hypothetical situation? Sanger is suggesting that new full-body scanner searches will just push terrorists to start implanting explosive materials within the body - making all of us even less safe with nothing to show for it other than a longer wait in security check point lines.

Who would have ever thought..?