chapter  8
18 Pages

Selling the “Perfect” Vulva

ByVirginia Braun

A type of implant was surrounded by an outer layer of cortisone-impregnated foam, an innovation designed to prevent the formation of scar tissue. When scar tissue contracts around the implant it forms what is commonly known as an encapsulation. Encapsulation is the most common complication of breast implants and affects both feeling and appearance. The breasts feel overly firm and are often uncomfortable. Their appearance becomes rounded and outlined and easily distinguishable as fake. Even mild encapsulation affects appearance, evidenced by discernable lack of softness and movement and natural cleavage. This usually presents as either wide flat gap between small breasts or a distinct separation between larger breasts. Encapsulation is an undesirable outcome, which the foam shield hoped to counteract. Unfortunately the foam either disintegrated or became overzealous, breaking down breast tissue. Thus, the anxiety inherent in coping with encapsulation is not only founded upon the aesthetic, but is underpinned by the threat to one's own sense of authenticity.