The Phenomenon of Brustvergrösserung in Germany
To begin with, specifically what is that brustvergrösserung, you might ask? This complicated-looking term actually is known as "Breast augmentation" in German, and describes a total industry that's emerged in Germany, pursuing the trend from the US and other countries, in the past 20-30 years. However the origins of breast augmentation go back to the 19th century - the first transplantation of an artificial breast implant was performed in 1895 - the technique has only been really popular since technological advances in plastic surgery made it possible to minimize risks to really low levels as well as the same time vastly enhance the adaptability of the implants by the surrounding tissue. Modern breast implants are mainly silicone-based and therefore are inserted by a qualified plastic surgeon while the patient is mostly under full anaesthetic narcosis. Because of the immensely improved reliability and durability of the implants, the potential risks of a modern breast augmentation operation are very low, while this procedure has enjoyed ever increasing popularity by women in Germany and in Europe in general. In recent years, German women receive more than 25.000 breast implants per year, as well as the average age of the patients has constantly descended, to currently about 50% being around 25 years (data from 2005). About 2% are now even minors of less than 18 years of age, which increasingly sparks controversy about the acceptance of such cosmetic operations in the German society. Therefore brustvergösserung can be called an ambivalent term in the German parlance - depending on who one is talking to, you will either hear enthusiastic praise for the increased awareness and value of a positive self-perception and liberalism for women, or an equally ardent resistance to a male-defined picture of females and unnecessary cosmetic invasions throughout the body. Despite this controversy, there is little to avoid the ceaseless progress and acceptance of breast augmentation in Germany, also it can hardly be doubted that in coming years there will be ever more Brustvergrösserung treatments performed. However, one thing that is absolutely paramount to the whole procedure, and should be always remembered, is that the therapy is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, ideally a Facharzt für Plastische, Ästhetische und Rekonstruktive Chirurgie - which in German stands for a Specialist Doctor for Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgery. A prime example of such a specialist clinic is www.plastica.ch - a modern Swiss-based clinic for plastic and reconstructive surgery, led by a highly trained specialist MD in aesthetic and plastic surgery.