Radio station gives hope to two women in need of breast surgery

March 12, 2012

Radio station gives hope to two women in need of breast surgery
Radio station gives hope to two women in need of breast surgery

Two Chicago-area women will receive a free consultation and breast surgery from a board-certified plastic surgeon of their own choosing, thanks to a contest held by a classic rock station WLUP. According to The Huffington Post, the "Breast Year Ever" contest was launched on January 3rd and received an overwhelming response.
“97.9 The Loop” hoped to give a woman who had breast asymmetry or lack of development an opportunity to feel more complete. Contestants were required to submit a photo and an essay explaining why they deserved the procedure.

The stories were so compelling that the radio station was forced to look at more than one winner. "It was so difficult to pick just one winner, we had to pick two!" the station announced via it's website.

One winner, Carrie, saved her husband’s life by giving him a kidney when his failed three years ago. He entered her into the contest to give her the breast augmentation she had always wanted. The other winner, Alishia, is a nursing student who had cancer as a child. The radiation treatments affected her hormones to the point where she had no breast development during puberty. Her hopes are to help others by becoming a nurse and to gain more confidence after the surgery.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), breast augmentation surgery has been the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure for the past three years. Common reasons women choose to undergo this surgery include the perception of underdeveloped breasts, differences in the sizes of the breasts or from changes after pregnancy or breast feeding. The procedure, which is used to improve breast shape and size, can give a woman more proportional shape and may improve self-esteem.

Like the winners of this contest, it is important to have a consultation and full medical history with a board-certified plastic surgeon before undergoing a plastic surgery procedure.

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