History of Breast Enlargement
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for centuries beauty has been shape. Throughout recorded history, woman’s most desirable body image has been dictated by fashion. Artists’ depictions of women during the medieval and renaissance eras reveal them to be voluptuous and buxom. The costumes of the era accentuated the full-figured woman, revealing large well rounded breasts. The full figured busty woman remained the norm throughout the 19th century.
Almost from the beginning of time, women with ample bosoms were deemed to be more desirable and most frequently sought after by the opposite sex. Therefore, women who were not bestowed with generous cleavage were constantly in search of ways to make their breasts appear larger in size. In the 18th century, women began wearing heavy corsets, made from whale bone and steel, to squeeze the waist to less than twenty inches. In doing so, the breasts were pushed up, often making them appear to be larger than they actually were.
This practice, though dangerous to women’s health, prevailed until the early twentieth century, when fashion dictates changed. During the flapper era, women opted for the boyish look, cutting off their hair and donning short, shapeless, above the knee dresses for the very first time. In achieving this image, many women underwent surgery to reduce the size of their breasts and hips. Others bound themselves so tightly from chest to hip that they, again, jeopardized their health for the sake of fashion.
It’s at this same time, that coffee enema’s were in high fashion to help with weight loss around the middle.
It was not until the 1930s and the advent of the age of the Hollywood pin-up that women once again sought to have larger, firmer breasts, mimicking the images of their favorite movie stars. The quest for large breasts actually became an obsession for some women who felt that small their busts would prevent them from achieving success in life or finding a mate. Unfortunately, for some, that insecurity still persists today.
The most desirable body image of a fashion era is most often achieved by distorting the figure by enlarging or reducing parts of the body, or by flattening or moving them into new positions. For centuries, women’s bodies have been controlled by undergarments that constrict and bind, push and uplift. However, more and more women are electing to have their physical flaws corrected by cosmetic surgery with implants or liposuction. Plastic surgery, originally developed to treat injuries and birth defects thousands of years ago in India, became the norm for correcting the slightest perceived physical imperfection in the twentieth century.
For decades, plastic surgery was only an option for wealthy patients. Now, however, patients with ordinary incomes view breast enlargement as their right to satisfy emotional and fashionable needs. Older teenage girls and women in their early to middle twenties particularly favor breast implants to satisfy their quest for the perfect body image.
Fashion is a shape, a changing shape. One of the three most significant elements of the perfect shape is the bust line and women in search of the perfect breast size will stop at nothing to get it. Whether they elect to undergo surgery, or opt for less invasive methods to achieve the perfect image, one thing is certain… the quest for physical perfection will never end because women will never stop caring about their appearance.