Questionable website hooks up women who want breast implants with "benefactors"
November 5, 2012
Plastic surgery can sometimes be a pricey procedure, which is why many doctors recommend that patients save up well in advance. But some apparently can't wait, as proved by a new website, MyFreeImplants.com, which aims to connect women who can't afford breast implants with so-called "benefactors" who are willing to cover the costs, reports My Fox Houston.
Women who use the site can set up an online profile much like they would on a dating website. They upload pictures and personal information, and then browse men or women who may be persuaded to help fund the cost of the plastic surgery.
One user, Prissilla, is a young woman in her 20s who said she began stuffing her bra in the sixth grade. She's still unhappy with the size of her bust, but found she couldn't afford the $5,000 it would cost to have them surgically enhanced.
"I want to feel more womanly," she told the news source. "I want to wear a bikini and feel confident. I want the implants because I was not born with medium breasts or normal-sized breasts."
Unlike other users, she doesn't upload nude pictures of herself, but does take donations for her surgery. She rewards her donors, she says, by sending them a few more pictures or chatting with them. And now, only three months after she signed up, she's got 10 percent of the money she needs.
A visit to the website shows a few pictures of women in seductive poses, and a banner that loudly boasts of 950 success stories. It also provides links to board-certified plastic surgeons who may be able to help guide these women in their search for a new look.
The website does raise some questions, however. Women who are considering plastic surgery to enhance their breasts should be doing so for themselves, not to please others. Also, while price is understandably a factor, it is never wise to choose a doctor based on cost.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, women who make good candidates for breast implants may feel, as Prissilla said, self-conscious when wearing tight clothing or swimsuits. Some women elect to get implants after a decrease in the size or firmness of their breasts following childbirth. Other patients may want to correct asymmetrical breasts. Whatever the reason, it's essential to talk to a plastic surgeon early on and often during your decision making process.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
Follow ASAPS on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ASAPS
Become a fan of ASAPS on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AestheticSociety
Become a member of Project Beauty: www.projectbeauty.com
Locate a plastic surgeon in your area: http://www.surgery.org/consumers/find-a-plastic-surgeon