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Young girls may regret implant decision, counsellor says

Relationships Australia counsellor Denise Reichenbach believes the way women and celebrities look in magazines today have an effect on female body image.
Relationships Australia counsellor Denise Reichenbach believes the way women and celebrities look in magazines today have an effect on female body image. Christopher Chan

IT SEEMS reactions to breast implants depend on the logic behind them.

Physical deformity and breast cancer appear justifiable reasons for going under the knife, but women who just want to be bigger face complex questions of vanity and submitting to an image-focused culture.

Gladstone Relationships Australia counsellor Denise Reichenbach deals with self-esteem issues in her work, and said 18-year-olds contemplating breast implants were still maturing mentally.

"(Age) 18 is still part of adolescence," she said.

"Usually we say around 23 or 24, we're slowly coming out of adolescence, and it also varies from person to person.

"There could be a difference between being 18 and 25. Maybe at 25 they might have had a different outlook."

The perception of breast implants is changing as it becomes more common.

"Breast implants are an extension of something that women have been doing for centuries," she said.

"We want to enhance ourselves."

Relationships Australia offers family and relationship counselling as well as a range of specialist counselling services.

 

Way society is going with teens growing up too fast

PLENTY of Gladstone girls aged 18-25 are getting or considering breast implants.

At the more mature end of that range is 25-year-old Carly Urquhart, who is from the Sunshine Coast and visits her husband in Gladstone.

She is planning on having breast enlargement surgery in Thailand, but is adamant that 18 is too young for the procedure.

"When I was 18, I never would have thought of getting something like that done," she said.

"It's a big decision to make. Thinking about it lately, I would only do it now that I'm 25."

Ms Urquhart said teens considering implants seemed to be the way society was going.

"It's scary. They're growing up too fast," she said.

"They're doing their make-up when they are 10. I wasn't doing it until I was at least in high school."

Ms Urquhart has mulled over getting implants for about three years.

"I'm really small, A-cup, so for me personally I want to get it done. It's really hard to find clothes that give me shape," she said.

"It would be nice to be a bit bigger. Feel more womanly."

Ms Urquhart admitted she may herself be influenced by society's image culture.

"I don't just want to be doing it to fit in though. I've thought about it for so long, definitely I want to get it done for me."

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