Think Twice Before Soliciting Donations

What would you do for free breast implants? MyFreeImplants.com, a site that pairs women who desire implants with those willing to pay for the procedure, asks women just that. Messages like, "It's Titty Tuesday Guys! Your PAID message gets a Naughty photo," are directed at potential sponsors on the site, answering the question: what do those who are willing to pay for a stranger's breast augmentation get out of it?

Women upload pictures of themselves to MyFreeImplants.com to encourage potential benefactors to donate money to their surgery fund. If they receive enough donations, the website pays the woman’s preferred board-certified physician after the surgery has been completed, and the women also upload an “after” photo.

Because of the amount of girls on the site, however, the women are faced with heavy competition when vying for donations. "Consider helping me out here on MFI! I do picsets and cam shows in return," a message from a model account to a benefactor shows that two before and after pictures are the absolute minimum of transactions that goon in the site. While it is safe to assume women connect with one trusted donor who sponsors her total surgery cost, it often does not happen that way. Instead, most scrap small donations by selling provocative pictures and even webcam sessions to multiple benefactors.

Insurance companies do not generally cover breast implants unless they are part of a breast reconstruction performed after a mastectomy due to injury, cancer, or a congenital defect. This situation leaves most women who have a breast augmentation paying all expenses out of pocket. This is where MyFreeImplants.com comes in, a self-proclaimed "specialized social networking website" that spurred from an idea that arose, surprise, during a bachelor party in Las Vegas.  

Despite the questionable transactions that occur between women and donors (that is, exploitation in the form of pictures and videos for monetary gain), is there any real harm in participating in this website? If you consider the following, there harm is very real:

  • Any pictures or videos uploaded on the site, immediately become the property of MFI. That means whatever photos or videos posted can be used by the site, and consequently, the donors you send them to, in whichever way they please.
  • You can lose influence over your own decision. Benefactors have the ability to sway your surgical decisions, possibly changing the desired cup size by promising more money.
  • Physical danger if a woman agrees to meet an anonymous donor.

Are there more specific medical concerns about receiving donations for breast implants? In a word, no. If women visit a board-certified physician for their implants, whether they receive donations or not for the procedure, they are at risk for the same physical problems that all women who receive implants are. The website discussed above requires that all women receive their procedure from a board-certified physician, and the doctors are paid directly. No money ever goes to the women, ensuring that they are receiving quality care.

For some mental health practitioners, sex experts, and even plastic surgeons themselves, the idea that women are asking anonymous men (and in some cases women) for donations for an elective surgery seems “creepy,” and could arguably be considered a form of prostitution, in part because of the image and communication requirements in exchange for money.  

Breast Implants And Self-Esteem

One mental health counselor encourages women to save money themselves and work toward the goal of breast implants without help from strangers. She argues that when women save money, choose their physician, and earn their breast implants, their self-esteem will increase because they have shown themselves they have the ability to accomplish goals without others.

Moreover, breast implants do not always improve women’s self-esteem. Some women, especially those with realistic goals, may experience an increase in their self-esteem and body image after their breast augmentation. Other women, however, especially those who may suffer from disorders like body dysmorphic disorder, may experience even lower self-esteem if their implants do not “live up” to what they had hoped.

Bottom-Line

It is certainly impossible to determine whether those women who visit a website to ask strangers for money for their implants suffer from a mental disorder like body dysmorphic disorder or if they have unusually low self-esteem, but pitting women against one another in a competition for other people’s money specifically for a body altering surgery can be detrimental to one’s mental health.

When women solicit donations for breast implants, especially from strangers, they may suffer unintended physical and emotional effects.