External motivations for breast surgery are not nearly as important as self-induced internal motivations. However, they are still often valid contributors to a woman’s choice to receive a cosmetic breast surgery procedure. The physical bodily alterations are only a small part of the overall changes plastic surgery makes upon the individual as a whole. The differences created in the emotional mind are far more significant and life changing than any physical alterations could ever be.
This essay details how society, careers and interpersonal relationships influence many women to undergo cosmetic surgery which they might not really want for purely personal reasons.
External Motivations for Breast Surgery Explained
External motivators are factors outside of a woman’s own thoughts and feelings that make her desire cosmetic surgery. These external considerations should not be the deciding factor to undergo a procedure or not, but their influence might be a strong contributor to the decision.
Women who undergo surgery solely because of external motivators are rarely happy with their choice or the long-term results of the operation. This is statistical fact.
Typical External Influences for Breast Surgery
It is impossible to discuss every possible external motivator which might exist in the life of every patient. However, there are common patterns which seem to affect a large percentage of women who cite external motivations as contributors to their desire to undergo breast surgery:
Desire to increase earnings or succeed in the workforce
Desire to please a mate or significant other
Desire to keep up with peers, who are enjoying cosmetic surgery
Societal pressure to be beautiful or perfect
Desire to defy the wishes of family or mate
External Motivations for Breast Surgery Cautions
Considering external motivators in the big picture is wise, but undergoing a surgical procedure exclusively because of external factors is almost always foolish.
Cosmetic surgery exists primarily to satisfy psychoemotional needs within oneself.
The only primary external factor which might be responsible for emotionally-satisfying surgery is the career-oriented influence, specifically for adult entertainers. Women in this specific vocational niche know that breast surgery can translate into big money and is a risk worth enduring in exchange for a chance at making the big bucks. However, many women excel in this career path with natural and even small breasts.
If this scenario applies to you, please do not place too much credence in advice from a manager or agent unless you are truly happy with the idea of changing your body to suit your own needs.
For the rest of you considering surgery to fulfill some external motivation, please think carefully and clearly. The choice is yours to make, but the desire for new breasts should be to satisfy you primarily and everyone else secondarily.
Detailed information concerning the psychological effects of aesthetic breast surgery can be found in our psychology of cosmetic surgery section.