Then and Now – A Unique Body Image Experiment

The video above was made by 46-year-old California mother, Shannon Bradley-Colleary. It’s a unique look at how we perceive our own body image and how for many people, acceptance and happiness about their body image comes too late, or perhaps, never comes at all.

Bradley-Colleary posed nude for a photo gallery show in 1992 when she was 26 years old.  She says that back then, she thought her breasts were too small and her thighs were too big.  Twenty years later, she had the idea to recreate the photos to compare her body then and now.

As Bradley-Colleary  details in her blog The Woman Formerly Known As Beautiful, the experiment was jarring. She thought she would see a slightly changed body and be happy with her success in overcoming her body issues.  Instead she was horrified and realized she was still battling her same demons.

She is now working to remind herself that in another 20 years, her 46-year-old body is going to look darn good to her 66-year-old self.  After reading a few of her blog posts, I can say that I appreciate her honesty.  She could have simply claimed the photo experiment as a success to her enlightenment. But what’s more, she’s a great writer who writes with a laugh-out-loud “truthiness.”  Who needs small thighs when you’ve got a talent like that?

What NOT to Do When You’ve Got Body Image Issues

In a related story, teen girls are doing something really stupid.

Yes, I know. Teen girls doing stupid things is like the sun rising in the east. You can just count on it. But this is a definite recipe for disaster.

Girls as young as 11 are posting videos of themselves to You Tube and asking “Am I Pretty or Ugly?” With an anonymous online world of millions of creeps, you can imagine the heartbreaking responses they often receive.

I’m not sure what to do about this problem other than to shake my head and say – Hey parents, please clue in on what your kids are doing online before they come to see me when they turn 18 for surgeries they don’t need and I won’t perform.

Some Clinics Are Playing “Pass the PIP” in European Implant Saga

As I’ve detailed for several weeks now, the defective breast implants known as PIP that were surgically implanted into thousands of women (but not in the U.S. – thanks FDA!) must now come out.

But as women are returning to the clinics where they had their breast augmentation surgeries, some doctors are turning them away saying that they are unqualified to perform the removal and replacement procedures.

Bollocks.  Or so says the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.  BAAPS officials say a small number of problem surgeons are trying to get out of the time and expense required to correct the PIP problem.

Nigel Mercer, former BAAPS president, says, “Either these clinics’ practitioners aren’t qualified plastic surgeons as is generally claimed on their websites, which is clearly alarming, or they don’t want to bear the costs of caring for their own patients. Frankly, neither option should be acceptable to the women affected.”

Oh snap!  He’s calling them out, and I smell the distinct scent of even more lawsuits cooking.

Dermal Fillers – Great for Smile Lines, Hollow Cheeks … and Small Penises?

Disclaimer: This story might make you pass out.

Koreans researchers recently published a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine that detailed (really, really detailed) how dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane could be used to increase penile girth.

Fifty patients with “subjective small penis” were studied.  I hope the patients themselves labeled themselves as subjectively small rather than the doctors, or gasp, their wives or girlfriends.  Can you imagine?  “Ummmm, honey, I want you to enroll in this study to have dermal filler injected into your penis with a pretty big needle.  Pretty please?”  Talk about a rock and hard place, right?  (I will politely abstain from the 24 jokes that simultaneously just entered my mind).

Back to the science.  Doctors used a 21 gauge needle to inject an average of 20 CCs of Restylane into the fascial layer of the penis body in a … gulp … back and forth motion.  Then they … cringe … used a roller to evenly spread the Restylane throughout the penile shaft.

Now for the good news!  It worked.  For the vast majority of patients, the girth increased by an average of 4 cm and lasted 18 months.  Both the patients and their partners reported increased satisfaction with no inflammation and no reported side effects – apart from that big needle and the roller thingy.

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Join me again next week as I continue to track the decline of civilized society as told through the strange and varied tales of plastic surgery.


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