I apologize for the tacky post title, but I wanted to grab your attention as I think this scandal deserves as much buzz as possible. French manufacturer, PIP’s, breast implants have been found to contain fuel additives, and its developed into an issue of womens’ health, government regulation, and of course, female body image. As a person who doesn’t use skincare with parabens, the idea of keeping a foreign object in my chest is pretty daunting. But whether I think that breast implants are bad for our bodies or not, the larger issue is a lack of government regulation. Beauty care is a highly unregulated industry, and I’ve seen its lack of transparency first-hand. And while I am talking about ingredient labels on skincare products, take a look at the Guardian link above to read about the status on cosmetic procedures. Shiver. And, many beauty professionals are saying that the status of Botox will be the next exposed cosmetic scandal. Injectables are classified as a medicine, but you don’t need to be a doctor to administer it.
But lets get back to the story at hand. This scandal has become a global issue as women around the world are recipients of these dangerous implants. While it is said that over 50,000 have received them in surgery, 250 British Women are suing PIP over half of them experienced ruptures and eight cases of cancer were found. But the questions being raised do not stop there; who will be paying for their removal has also become a hot topic. In Venezuela, the government has announced that it will be publicly paid for, while 50 Argentinian women have said they will sue their plastic surgeons if they do not perform reverse surgery for free. I can only imagine what a nightmare it would be to have to carry around something potentially fatal in your body because you could not afford to have them taken out.
But as this blog focuses on an alternative view of beauty, promoting a gentler approach for women and men. And I’m going to assume that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez agrees with me, as he has since criticized the popularity of breast implants saying that women should not be made to feel that large breasts are more attractive. I completely agree (but tell that to the 14 billion dollar porn industry…oh, and those creepy social networking sites where men can sponsor breast implants).
In the meantime, as a gal with small boobs, I think I’ll stick with Shatavari Ghee for a more enhanced bust line.