Dumbest Thought From a Plastic Surgeon I Read Yesterday

by Johnny Debacle

From this NYTimes article on plastic surgery:

“In a bosom-obsessed society where you think you can earn $20,000 more with bigger breasts, is it insane to consider taking out a loan to have surgery?” said Dr. Essig, who is writing a book on the economics behind plastic surgery. “The demographic is teachers, law enforcement officers and stay-at-home moms.”

Yes, it is insane. Not one of those three professions have any financial upside from bigger breasts. Now if you are talking about strippers, or charity fundraisers, or taxistutes, then yes, maybe a boob job becomes capex.

Recommendation: Long cosmetic surgery for women, despite its cost, it has huge immeasurable positive externalities. A government subsidy would better the world, but even purely private financed cosmetic surgery is a win for men. Also this site is amazing; intelligent exploitation of the idiot demographic.

HT to The Empirical Skeptic

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  1. mini ballerette.
    August 22nd, 2007 | 10:16 am

    hahah seriously WTF. Unless being the mom with the biggest cans at little timmy’s soccer game can be parlayed into nabbing a richer husband…the chance benefits are slim.

  2. August 22nd, 2007 | 10:28 am

    I think it’s really irresponsible of you to make light of a serious, scientifically-documented condition affecting nearly a billion Asian women out there.

    “Many Asians possess small breasts. This poses an obstacle in finding clothes that drape the chest aesthetically.”

    It’s not fair that Asians should be forced to suffer the humility of having clothes that do not drape their tiny ta-tas aesthetically.

  3. August 22nd, 2007 | 11:34 am

    Could you really not smell what the Doc is cooking? A hot teacher, a leather-clad cop, and a MILF. Clearly these are the MOST desirable women to give bigger breastuses to.

  4. CatHairSweater
    August 22nd, 2007 | 12:06 pm

    My wife is market neutral on the implants, I however am looking to get her very long. In order to change her market sentiment, it is imperative that I do it subtly.

    Are there any suggestions as to how to make this move without spooking the client?

  5. nm
    August 22nd, 2007 | 2:51 pm

    “It’s not fair that Asians should be forced to suffer the humility of having clothes that do not drape their tiny ta-tas aesthetically.”
    Yeah but how does that imply you should fix the ta-tas?

  6. I'm a girl
    August 22nd, 2007 | 3:04 pm

    re: CatHairSweater

    Consider subtle manipulation: You have to surround your wife with beautiful large-breasted women. Like all women, she’ll covet that which she does not have, but that appears desireable and aesthetically pleasing.

    When she asks for your opinion you’ll have to say that you like her just the way that she is, and wouldn’t like her any more or any less with a new rack. The rationale being that you want to avoid being established as a direct catalyst to the decision when referring back at times in the future (i.e. during arguments, bouts of insecurity, etc.).

    Eventually she’ll come around.

    Many trips to LA won’t hurt.

  7. mini ballerette.
    August 22nd, 2007 | 4:51 pm


  8. Warenn Earl Bufet
    August 22nd, 2007 | 10:59 pm


    We need someone like you on retainer. Do you have a standard engagement letter you can fax over?


  9. August 23rd, 2007 | 5:25 pm

    re: nm

    What exactly are you proposing? Changing the clothing?! That’s preposterous and imbecilic not to mention wildly less practical than my idea. I’m short on your cockamamie schemes.

  10. Patri Friedman
    August 24th, 2007 | 5:54 pm

    I have an old blog post arguing that big breasts have absolute value, and not just value as part of a zero-sum beauty pageant:


  11. August 28th, 2007 | 3:00 pm

    Yea, right. They do it for us, men are always guilty.