Breast implant forums have really expanded since the first ones at which I contributed a decade ago. Some of the newer terms we use to discuss breast implant surgery and a patient’s adjustments to it have been propagated on these forums.
Boobie Greed is a term referring to a woman’s dissatisfaction with her current breast implant size with a continuing desire to “go bigger.” This can span several operations and at times take the patient into risky territory.
In years gone by a surgeon was taught in residency to suppress these kinds of desires gently and wait for most patients to decide to leave well enough alone. Many patients after breast implant surgery at least have a passing thought of going larger. This has been the case for decades. Doing something about it in the way of more surgery has become more popular with the passage of time however.
The relative permissibility of more extreme sizing coupled with the fear of losing the patient (the surgeon’s fear) have put many surgeons in the position of yielding to the patient’s desire without much discussion. The world of plastic surgery continues to evolve. It has become more tolerant as societal attitudes change.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2010-10-22 07:30:03.