On 8 March 2019 join women around the world to recognise Breast Implant Awareness Day. The date has been chosen to coincide with International Women’s Day, 8 March and Breast Implant Awareness Month in USA, also March.
The 2019 Theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter
‘The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world.’ International Women’s Day 2019.
Take the opportunity this International Women’s Day to speak about the expectations for women when it comes to physical appearance. Society’s perception of beauty and a largely unregulated cosmetic industry, with no restrictions on advertising, has led to an epidemic of increasingly younger women opting for surgery, despite potential risks to health.
Let’s take a look at what’s happening around the globe…
The number of cosmetic procedures continues to rise each year, with women accounting for 90% of all procedures. In 2015 Australia had an increase in breast implant surgeries of 24% on the previous year. The same year, the United Kingdom had an increase of 12.5% and the United States had an increase of 3%.
As the number of breast implants continues to rise the age of breast implant patients gets younger. The Australian BMJ Medical Journal reported the majority of individuals undergoing surgery are young women and in America 236,356 cosmetic procedures were performed on 13 to 19 year olds during 2012.
Be informed. Be empowered. Take responsibility for your health!
Make 2019 the year to take back control of your health. Do your own research when it comes to making choices which may harm your body and your health. Be brave enough to speak out against injustices and support others to share their experiences, so that positive changes can be made for all women.
Breast Implant Awareness Day – How to Get Involved
Breast Implant Awareness Day, 8 March 2019, get involved and raise awareness to the potential risks associated with breast implants. Regulation of the cosmetic industry, accountability and transparency are essential when safeguarding the health of all individuals, including women, as we build a gender-balanced world.
- Use the hashtags: #BalanceforBetter and #BreastImplantAwarenessDay
- Wear your Breast Implant T##shirt: Buy your t-shirt online here or get creative and make your own at home. The aim isn’t to raise money, it’s to raise awareness!
- Speak out about the risks to health: Share your own experience, individually, in small groups or at public events.
- Bring the topic of breast implants into the open: Thousands of women worldwide have crippling health issues and are yet to realise their ‘out-of-date’ breast implants are a possible cause.
- Empower women to feel confident: Encourage women of all ages to feel confident about their body and to put their health first, before physical appearance.
- Include men in the conversation: Men should equally be aware of the health risks associated with breast implants. The lives of the whole family is impacted, not just the life and health of the implanted women.
- Practitioners, ask the question: If you’re a medical practitioner make it your business to know which female patients have breast implants. Study the literature and understand how to diagnose, advise and treat women with breast implant related problems.
Quick Facts About Breast Implants (According to the FDA)
- Breast Implants are NOT lifetime devices
- Expect ongoing maintenance costs after initial implant surgery
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding with implants are not recommended
- Breast Implants are linked to immune system cancer
- Mammograms increase the risk of implant rupture
- Smooth surface is safer than textured
- Saline Implants are safer than Silicone Gel
- Implants can be rejected by women with the HLA Gene
- Complete Capsulectomy is advised when explanting
For more detailed information get the Fact Sheet here, with links to the FDA reports.
Staying Healthy with Breast Implants
Breast Implant Awareness Day is not just about raising awareness to the potential risks, it’s also about educating women on how they can stay healthy with breast implants. Understanding the importance of detoxing the body or recognising the signs which may indicate a possible rupture are examples of how women can take proactive steps to safeguard their health.
Breast Implant Awareness Day is about bringing the topic of Breast Implants into the open, so that all women with breast implants can be supported in whichever way is right for them.
Free resources to share on your website and social media
Breast Implant Awareness Day Facts – Fact Sheet
Breast Implant Awareness Day Flyers and Posters – Flyer (Available Soon)
Breast Implant Awareness Day Social Media – Profile pictures for Social Media (Available Soon)
Breast Implant Awareness Day T-Shirt – Click link to be redirect to the Society6 store.
Order your Unisex T-Shirt
Grab a plain white T-shirt and get creative with a marker pen! Design your own ‘no frills’ Breast Implant Awareness Day T-shirt or order one from the Society6 store. It’s NOT about raising money… it’s about raising awareness!
Get involved, help raise Breast Implant awareness. Resources from this page are available to share freely on your website and social media.
Michelle supports women to reclaim their health after breast implants. If you think your health issues may be due to breast implants or if you are ready to heal from breast implant illness and breast implant-related toxicity, contact Michelle and she can guide you towards finding the support you need.Message Michelle