As Love Island has drawn to a close after another compelling summer of watching sexy singletons try to find love, it leaves behind it a lasting legacy and Love Island’s legacy seems to be one of body image aspiration. A recent survey has found that almost one in ten female viewers of the show who are aged 18-34 wish to have a breast augmentation or anti-wrinkle injections, and it’s the likes of Megan, Laura and the other now-familiar faces from the show that are the driving force behind this increased desire to go under the knife.
The viewer survey, undertaken by national polling giant YouGov, consulted viewers of the show in a recent poll. Although aspiration is usually associated with positivity, in this survey the motivation to go under the knife was influenced by feelings of inadequacy and low body confidence, when viewers compare their own bodies with those of the contestants on the show.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), recently issued a press release criticising the over-glamourisation and normalisation of surgical procedures as a quick fix for body confidence issues borne from unrealistic expectations of what our bodies should look like.
“The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has previously spoken out to condemn the proliferation of reality shows which glamourise cosmetic surgery procedures. Such programmes, which are frequently aimed at young people, showcase stars who, more often than not, project and normalise unrealistic standards of beauty – even undergoing multiple procedures following public criticism about their own looks, which is further sensationalised in the media to reveal their surgically-obtained assets.”
Reality TV versus actual reality
It’s important to remember that the demographic surveyed were young, aged between 18-34, which is a key demographic for breast augmentation, so it is not surprising that the numbers suggesting they are interested in these procedures look high.
It is also well documented that many young women are likely to have been dissatisfied with their breast shape from puberty, many of whom may muse the idea of taking proactive steps to do something about it. Pregnancy and weight fluctuations over the years can also have affected breast size, shape and lift, and can leave many women feeling empowered to consult a cosmetic surgeon to find out what can be done to help.
What can be done to help?
Breast surgery can take a number of different forms, but typically you can opt for a breast enhancement, breast reduction, or breast uplift. Some may opt for a combination of either an enhancement or reduction, coupled with an uplift. Other procedures can make breast size and shape more symmetrical and can also help tackle problems like breast-related backache and shoulder ache.
A woman’s breasts are an important feature of her womanhood so if you are worried about yours and want to explore surgical options, get in touch to speak to one of our team about what you would like to achieve.