A former British soldier living in Germany has won a settlement against her insurance company compelling them to give her free breast implants to complete her conversion into a male.
Formerly known as Private W.E. Smith, Sarah-Jane Smith sued the German health authority DAK claiming faulty hormone therapy caused her to grow deformed breasts. Claiming that her breasts “damaged her psychologically” Smith has insisted that the health care organization pay to have her breasts surgically altered. She has consulted with both psychologists and surgeons in order to gain advocates for her cause and new breast for her body.
The saga began in childhood, Smith claims that she always felt like a “woman trapped in a man’s body” and preferred playing with dolls to playing with more traditional little boy toys. Still striving to understand her sexuality, Smith joined the British Army and wore woman’s lingerie under her combat uniform. While stationed in Hanover, Germany, Smith married and fathered a daughter. When, after nineteen years of marriage her wife discovered the truth about Smith’s transsexual behavior, she filed for divorce which freed Smith up to pursue her dream of a sex change operation.
After successfully petitioning the health insurance system to pay for her gender change operation, she was disappointed to find out that the surgery approved by the health care system only covered the below the waist procedures. Her new breasts were to be created through hormone therapy but Smith became dissatisfied with her breasts seeing them as deformed and shapeless. She asked for breast augmentation surgery and was denied by DAK. A spokesperson for DAK stated: ‘the claim cannot be honored because the breasts do not show any signs of illness that requires treatment.”
Undaunted, Smith pursued her lawsuit and eventually won a settlement of 5,400 pounds, enough to pay for the surgery she desires. Smith was quoted as saying, “My life has become hell. I will not be a real woman without these breasts. They are vital to my overall completeness as a female and I don’t think it is unreasonable for the health authority to pay.” Smith has got both her wish and her new breasts and can now continue her journey as a woman in a woman’s body.
In a world full of fantastic alternatives to the traditional bra, lingerie designer Ultimo has created a bra that boasts it can increase a woman’s breast size by two cup sizes by simply inserting silicone pouches.
Forget your grandma’s water bra and the old fashioned push up bra, the Ultima creation can keep your assets inconspicuous during the daytime while you’re at work, then send them out to impress the world when you hit the town after hours.
The ‘Mega Boost Day to Night’ bra utilizes silicone filled pouches to enhance breast size. Though padded bras are not anything new, the use of silicone causes the pouch to mold to the body giving the breasts a more natural shape and at the same time pushing them up to enhance the cleavage. Previous bra inserts merely pushed up the breasts, but the ability of the silicone to mold to the tissue gives a more realistic look and feel.
Customers can choose the size of the pouch ranging in weight from an ounce to over two ounces, depending on the desired effect. The real appeal of this bra is its ability to be worn with or without the silicone pouches.
The pouches can be carried in a purse and inserted into the bra at any time to give an instant lift and change in appearance. The bra itself is very versatile and can be worn conventionally, halterneck, criss-cross, or even strapless without altering the affect of the enhancements.
Many women’s advocacy groups see these types of undergarments as a great alternative to invasive and expensive cosmetic surgeries. This bra is also a great way to “try out” a new look and see if breast augmentation is really the choice for you. Michelle Mone of the Ultima Company is so convinced that you will like her company’s bra she said: “Any woman even considering breast implants, forget it, this bra will give you the exact same effect.”
Though cosmetic surgery clinics haven’t closed their doors just yet, this new bra may cause some potential patients to think twice about breast augmentation.
Women all over the world are worried about their faces, their hair, their body image, as if that wasn’t enough, cosmetic surgery to create a “designer vagina” has stemmed an increasing concern for the safety of such procedures.
Labiaplasty, a cosmetic procedure to make the vagina smaller is an expensive and invasive surgery hat may cause long term effects in sexual function and comfort.
Believed to be an irrevocable surgery, many experts are concerned that the cosmetic benefits may not outweigh the potential for life long discomfort. There simply hasn’t been enough long term research to know the effects this surgery has on the future health of a woman’s genitals. Though patients have reported satisfaction with the procedure, it is thought that more research may reveal that the positive reactions are regarding the cosmetic appeal and are not revealing physical symptoms that might occur with such an operation. Discomfort and lack of sensation are thought to be possible side effects of the procedure.
The appeal of this surgery seems to stem from the insecurities that women hold regarding ther bodies. Lih-Mei Liao, a consultant psychologist at UCL, told The Times that insecurities may be fueled by the media that presents “a homogenized, prepubescent genital appearance standard for all women.” Distorted public opinion about what is physically normal for a woman’s body may be behind the surge in this type of surgery.
Tighter regulations are needed to regulate this type of surgery for effectiveness and long term effects. Because so little is known about the procedure, potential patients have no way of being properly informed about the side effects and hazards of this irreversible surgery.