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Body Image Bullshit about Breasts

So, I recently read this article on salon.com about one woman's experience of post-pregnancy plastic surgery, because I was bored at work, and because I know someone who is thinking about getting such surgery. One quote from the doctor in the article really stood out for me, because I think it's complete bullshit:

“The areolas are supposed to rest in alignment with the top of the armpit.”

Unless I'm reading that wrong, or the writer heard the doctor wrong, the doctor claims that the top of the colored parts of our nipples should be as high up on the body as the tops of our armpits. I don't know where he got that idea, because as far as I know NO ONE naturally has nipples that high up on their body, unless she's hanging upside-down and her breasts are therefore sagging in the opposite direction from normal. To get nipples up there, you have to not only negate the effects of gravity, but reverse them.

Now most of us have probably never thought about the level of nipples relative to armpits (I sure hadn't until I read the article), so if you're unsure of where nipples start out before breasts sag, look at pictures of babies. Because babies haven't experienced any significant body sagging, but nonetheless, you'll see that their nipples are lower on their bodies than their armpits. So, there's our starting point.

So, when girls go through puberty and grow breasts, do those breasts grow mostly upward, towards their armpits? Not that I've noticed. They grow outward fairly equally in all directions, and inevitably sag downward to varying degrees over the years.

So, I understand about women wanting to reverse the sag of their breasts, but this plastic surgeon appears to be saying that breasts are supposed to be higher up on our bodies than they would be even with no sag. And I find that pretty ridiculous.


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May. 21st, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
Now, if a woman wants to choose to have surgery to do strange and unnatural things with her breasts, I have no problem with that. But for a doctor to say they are supposed to be that way, I find that offensive.
May. 21st, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
I've got to think the doctor meant something more like.. the bottom of the armpit. Where my muscles converge under my arm and attach to my rib cage, is right about where my nipples are. And... right about where there are in even the smallest-breasted *ahem* reference material that I'm seeing on this here Internetz.
May. 21st, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
Uh. Those would not be breasts so much as they would be newfangled chin-supports. And it would look kinda weird to have breasts that high.
May. 21st, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
That is crazy! Even with a bra on my nipples aren't that high!
May. 21st, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
Also, holy cow, I am glad my pregnancy hasn't been like that.
May. 21st, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
I think there's a LOT of variety in pregnancy experiences.
May. 21st, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
I do too. Mine has been just bad enough that I have something to complain to my children about but not so bad that I have ever been in danger. LOL.
May. 21st, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
That just makes me think of Picasso's "Portrait of a Young Woman"

If you thought the breasts were bad, they really botched her nose job. ;)
May. 21st, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
Woman: Excuse me doctor, my eyes are up here. Please don't stare at my breasts.
Doctor: How about if we move your breasts closer to your eyes? Would that solve the problem?
May. 24th, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
May. 22nd, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
Oh my god, that doctor is insane. I have nothing more to say!
May. 22nd, 2013 06:23 am (UTC)
I've always thought a woman's nipples were supposed to be at the center of her breasts. As far as I'm concerned, that's all that should matter.

Most plastic surgery is bullshit anyway. It's all about making people look like how society says they're "supposed" to look without taking into account the fact that everyone is unique. I think we should celebrate the differences in people's bodies, not label them as flaws and try to make them go away.
May. 22nd, 2013 07:04 am (UTC)
You know how the details in most articles in mainstream publications about your area of expertise (computers, in my case) make you want to cringe? When an article about breasts goes through the game of telephone that is interview, writing, and editing then everyone with breasts gets to cringe about something.

Reference point: I'm a dude, and my nipples are three or four inches from level with my armpits. They're close to even with the furthest reaches of my armpit hair, so maybe that's what the doctor meant.

If your breasts are big enough, your nipples might be even with your armpits if you do a hand stand...
May. 22nd, 2013 08:58 am (UTC)
I prefer my third nipple on my cheek where I can lick it.
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