- Breasts are large sweat glands that have become modified to produce milk instead of sweat
- Even a newborn baby has some basic breast tissue, which started to develop when it was a 6-week-old fetus
- Newborn babies can have noticeable breasts. This is perfectly normal, and occurs because the mother’s oestrogen hormone has stimulated the baby’s breast tissue. The breast swelling gradually disappears over a few weeks
- The first bra was invented by New York socialite Mary Jacobs in 1913. She used two hankies and some ribbon, and then patented the idea
- Tesco, the UK supermarket, couldn’t sell big, fleshy melons. Research by a psychologist suggested that women were subconsciously comparing them with their breasts. So Tesco’s growers have been asked for melons no more than 1lb 3oz in weight, which equates to a C cup (Daily Telegraph 1999)
- In the 1970s men working in a factory making the contraceptive pill found their breasts were enlarging. Oestrogen was the culprit
- Breast enlargement operations are increasingly popular. In the UK, 5646 were done in 2005 – a 50% rise since 2004 when 3731 were done.
- Breast enlargement is more common than rhinoplasty (nose job). Only 172 420 rhinoplasties were done in the USA in 2003.
In the video below GP and broadcaster Dr Phil Hammond shares his views on PIP breast implants and widens the debate on cosmetic surgery. We welcome your comments on the subject.
Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Monday, January 16th 2012
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