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A cup breast and the sense of self - A woman's options

A woman’s self-image and many times her confidence are largely related to her figure and her breasts more specifically. For some women ‘a’ cup breast size though considered small by most standards are perfectly normal and preferable. For those who seek to enhance their confidence if they find themselves less than ample in the bosom, breast augmentation surgery is becoming increasingly popular and has become extremely safe over the years as technology used by plastic surgeons that specialise in cosmetic surgery has improved. However, this may be considered an extreme alternative to having a cup breast size. Many women are able to avoid surgery altogether by wearing brassieres that are designed to give the appearance of having larger breasts. The individual’s choice is largely related to how closely their sense of self-worth is tied to their body image, their financial situation, as well as the societal pressures with which they are constantly bombarded. Some women are extremely confident with having a cup breast size and never consider making any changes to their breast size. Women often find that during pregnancy their breasts may develop to larger sizes and may increase by a whole cup size. Women who are comfortable with the size of their breast are less likely to have any psychological issues that are related to their self-image.

Women with ‘A’ cup breast size ought to really evaluate how much of their confidence is linked to the size of their breasts. Women who grow up dealing with issues of their sexuality being linked to their physical features may find that they struggle deeply because of their smaller breasts compared to other women around them. However the comparisons being made with others are a natural part of human existence. If a woman appreciates the size of her breasts even if they are considered as small compared to the average women she should not succumb to societal pressures to change her image. Television programs have been around for decades that have given women advice about wearing clothes that will complement their body type and this theory can be applied to women with smaller breasts who can by lingerie that will enhance their natural breasts or wear other clothes that will highlight other areas of the body.

Breast size varies from woman to woman and while some women’s body type may predispose them to having a certain size breasts, no two women will have identical breasts. Women with smaller breasts can be just as confident as those will large breasts. Women have many options available to them and can explore these whenever they feel confident and ready to do so. The individual may draw on societal ideals in developing their sense of identity and find that because of pressure from their peers their individuality faces some challenge may evolve from year to year and may focus on just their body not exclusive to the size of their breasts.

Enhancing A cup breast with cosmetic surgery

Most women with a cup breast size are generally smaller than other women although ‘A’ cup breast size cannot be linked exclusively to petite women. Women whose bodies are proportionate to their cup size are less likely to feel negatively about the size of their breasts, whereas women who are of a larger body type and who have ‘A’ cup breast size many feel significantly more negatively about their self-image and are more likely to want to enhance their breasts.

Breast augmentation which is known medically as mammoplasty can change the shape and size of the breasts as well as texture of a woman’s breasts. In recent years people have debated the many reasons why mammoplasty has become increasing popular. Some of the reasons include the increased consumption of media that have linked a woman’s desirability and confidence to her image. The ever expanding film and magazine industries that are targeted at women are largely filled with images of digitally enhanced bodies with larger breasts on women than are considered average. With the many declaration and disclaimers that these celebrities have natural breasts or that their surgeries are so well done so as to appear natural, many women have begun to assess their own self-worth based on the images that are flooding the media. None of the successful, popular, beautiful women portrayed on the cover of women’s magazines seem to have a cup breast size.

Arguably researchers and psychologists are right to conclude that women are more drawn to breast surgery for cosmetic reasons because their self-image is largely influenced by the portrayal of women in the media. However, the reasons a woman with a cup breast size may consider surgery can be of a more personal nature, perhaps she wants to appear more similar to her friends or she wishes to enhance her image to better reflect what she imagines would make her more desirable to her partner.

As with all surgical procedures mammoplasty is not without risk. Following successful breast augmentation surgery women who increased their ‘A’ cup breast size to a ‘B’ cup or higher have reported feelings of increased confidence and attractiveness to the opposite sex. There have been many instances where women have chosen to reverse their augmentation by removing breast implants because they find that following surgery they are less comfortable with their bodies or are simply unhappy with the way they are perceived by others because of their choices to cosmetically enhance their breasts. However, not all breast augmentation surgeries are successful and this can result in a woman feeling more conflicted about her choice to change the size of her breasts. There have been reports of surgical complications specifically relating to mammoplasty for example the rupturing of implants which can leave the breasts looking lopsided.

Breast augmentation should not be undertaken lightly and women who choose this option should carefully consider not only the physical effects having larger breasts will have on their bodies but also the psychological effects this undertaking will have as well.

Reconstructing A cup breast size after a mastectomy

While breast augmentation surgery is widely considered as a cosmetic procedure, it has been used as a form of reconstructive surgery for women whose breast size has been reduced to ‘a ’cup breast following a mastectomy; which is the removal of tissue from the breasts in an effort to treat breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancers in women and while early detection has helped to prevent the loss of many breasts that is not always the case. In many instances removing tissue from the breast is the best chance a woman has of survival. Cancers that are diagnosed in later stages often result in more aggressive approaches being taken to rid the body of cancer and in the case of a woman who has stage two or three breast cancer at the time of diagnosis removing the cancerous cells through a mastectomy is sometimes the only lifesaving option available to them.

Following a mastectomy which may reduce the size of one breast to ‘a’ cup breast size and not the other, many women opt to surgically reconstruct their breast in order to achieve uniformity. Breast cancer can seriously affect the way a woman sees herself. Following surgery to remove the breast up to 70% of women become clinically depressed because of the alteration to their bodies. A woman often links her femininity to her breasts as it is what nourishes her children and once removed has serious consequences for the way she sees herself. In this instance women will choose to have mammoplasty performed in order to restore their sense of femininity and self-worth.

Though successful reconstruction can restore a woman’s self- confidence there is still another category of women who will want to remove tissue from both breasts thus reducing them both to ‘a’ cup breast size this can be done in order to lessen her chances of developing breast cancer later in life. The reality for many breast cancer survivors is a life plagued by the fear of recurring cancer.

Breast reconstruction following mastectomy can be a holistic surgery as the nipple and areola can also be reconstructed. A woman not only has the opportunity to create uniformity she can recapture her sense of naturalness by having her entire breast made to resemble the other or what they are previously for those who perform a double mastectomy. A woman who has had both her breasts removed and who is not concerned that she will be considered less feminine because of her lack of breasts may be comfortable to keep her considerably smaller ‘A’ cup breast size and may avoid reconstruction all together.

There are other options available to women who have had the experience of surviving breast cancer as doctors have for many years provided these women with prostheses that replace the breasts they have lost. The texture and size of the prosthesis is individually fitted to the comfort of each woman whilst still giving her the option of having reconstructive surgery later in life if she so chooses.

Transitioning through the stages: A cup breasts and beyond

At some point in time, during that awkward transition to puberty, all women will have ‘a’ cup breast size before gradually becoming larger. Impatience has led many a teenage girl to stuffing cotton into their tops in an effort to appear more endowed than they are. The changes in a woman’s body as she matures may be noticed only by her or they can be noticed by those around her especially her friends. The rate at which women develop cannot be written on a strict time line but it is extremely important that as breasts grow from their ‘a’ cup breast size to larger sizes that women wear the right type and size of brassier to help their breasts form properly. There is no telling how long breasts will remain at a particular stage some women stay in the ‘a cup breast’ phase far longer than others, while people in their age bracket will develop larger breast sizes rapidly.

Arming prepubescent girls with adequate information about the changes they will encounter as they develop is extremely important in preserving their breast health. Even at the ‘a’ cup breast stage girls should familiarise themselves with the feel of normal breast tissue so that as they develop they will be able to later detect what is abnormal to them.

Some women may not develop breasts beyond the first indications that they are developing, it is important to reassure them that this is normal despite the fact that those around them are growing at what may seem to be alarming rates. Consulting a medical doctor may be useful in helping a teenager to better understand the development in her body or lack thereof. Having a professional reassuring an adolescent about the changes she goes through helped to reinforce positive messages about her development.

There are many myths that surround the development of breasts including exposure to the full moon or repeated fondling of the breasts. It is important to reinforce positive messages about the developmental changes the body will go through and to dispel untruths that will be harboured about the developing body and will negatively impact the impressionable minds of those in the transitional phase of development. Providing a developing adolescent with enough reading material that will provide accurate reliable information will not only keep her mind busy but will allow her to anticipate and track the changes her breasts may go through and help her to be aware of when it is the right time to make a trip to the store to be measured for a new brassier.

During the transition phase it is important to provide support figuratively and literally. Girls will develop best in an environment where they feel reassured that their questions will be answered and their concerns will be met with support. It is important to pay keen attention to the developing child to ensure that you are aware of the changes their bodies go through and you will be able to assist in making intelligent choices about the type of underwear that would be appropriate at each stage.