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Summary: It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and people usually use that as an excuse to indulge in copious amounts of alcohol. Those same people generally chalk that up to something about honoring the Irish. Well, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’d like to break with the Irish stereotypes and talk about plastic surgery instead. Indeed, in Ireland there is a healthy appetite for a wide variety of plastic surgery procedures, including breast augmentation—which includes a breast augmentation under armpit option for those who are looking for a more modestly sized bust. The point is that there’s more to the Irish than booze.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and everyone is talking about everything Irish—best Irish food, best Irish dance, best Irish music. That got us wondering: what’s the quintessential Irish plastic surgery procedure? Now, we could answer this question simply by delving into popular stereotypes about the way Irish folk tend to look—but we don’t think that will be particularly helpful, as most of those stereotypes are untrue when applied broadly. In other words, everyone is an individual—and those individual needs will be more informative than looking at some poor-taste stereotypes. Luckily, there’s some actual data to guide our search.

Irish Plastic Surgery

In order to understand the Irish and what plastic surgery procedures they’re looking for, we can simply keep in mind that people search for plastic surgery information in much the same way the world over: on the internet. Luckily, there are some published results about this. According to the search history of a large chunk of the Irish population (I’ll be honest—the data wasn’t particularly clear about how large a chunk, and it was released by plastic surgery search engine WhatClinic, but it’s still illustrative), the most popular plastic surgery procedure searched for in Ireland was breast augmentation.

Breast Augmentation a Popular Choice

According to the data, something like 9,830 Irish IP addresses searched for breast augmentation clinics. Next on the list is rhinoplasty at 4,061 and liposuction at 3,922. Otoplasty (ear surgery) was no slouch at 3,184 people searching. You can see more of the data here. For now, let’s just focus on the most popular of procedures on this list: breast augmentation. When it comes right down to it, breast augmentation is pretty popular procedure worldwide—we’ve written about the difficulty of finding good implants in Venezuela and of how ubiquitous the procedure is in Brazil. And while we’d never claim that this indicates a kind of universal or inherent appeal, we will say that it’s not surprising breast augmentation is popular in Ireland.

Breast augmentation is a well-known procedure, but it’s still worth a brief description. Essentially, during this procedure a medical device called a breast implant (usually constructed out of silicone) is placed in the breast—sometimes under the muscle tissue, sometimes on top of it depending on the desired end results—to increase the size and improve the shape of the breast. There are several ways to do this. If you’re looking for a smaller size, a breast augmentation under arm option is available, in which you can have the implant inserted through a small incision in the armpit. This is called a transaxillary breast augmentation technique.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation Under Arm Approach

According to the website of the Ridgewood breast augmentation experts at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, the benefit of this transaxillary breast augmentation under arm technique is a smaller scar, quicker recovery, and, generally, less pain. The only downside to this procedure is a slightly more modest size increase. Large-sized implants must be inserted in a more traditional way. Now, I don’t have figures for Ireland, but I suspect tranxaxillary breast augmentation is also quite popular there.

I bring this up because it’s St. Patrick’s Day. I thought it might be nice to create a St. Patrick’s Day story or post that didn’t involve, basically, portraying Irish men and women as drunkards and alcoholics, interested in little more than the next mug of beer. It’s true that plastic surgery is something of a luxury item—in some cases. But my hope is that it paints Irish men and women as, basically, just like everyone else in that they have the same insecurities, the same hopes and desires, and the same drive for improvement.

Plastic Surgery’s Appeal

So, when we stopped to ask what the most popular plastic surgery procedure in Ireland was, we discovered it was breast augmentation, at least going by how many people search for it. It turns out that breast augmentation is pretty popular in the United States as well, and I suspect this popular is broad for basically similar reasons. Patients who have undergone breast augmentation procedures generally report having a higher quality of life afterwards—a better sex life, higher confidence and self-esteem, and a better body image.

That doesn’t mean it’s for everyone and that anyone could and should be forced or pressured into this procedure. In fact, it’s just the opposite: that for those women who want this procedure, breast augmentation can do wonders. And that’s true across the board (and apparently across the globe). So we can say with a little bit of wit—we hope—that when you think of St. Patrick’s Day you should now not think of bigger beers, but rather bigger boobs. Because apparently that’s what the Irish are thinking about.

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