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A Brief History of Valentine’s Day

By Dr. Juris BunkisFebruary 13, 2024No Comments

A Brief History of Valentine's Day

By Drs. Juris Bunkis

Valentine’s Day, celebrated annually on February 14th, has evolved over centuries into a day dedicated to expressing love and affection. The origins of this romantic holiday are rooted in both ancient Roman and Christian traditions.

Ancient Roman Roots:Valentine’s Day is often linked to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was held in mid-February. Lupercalia was a fertility celebration that involved rituals to ward off evil spirits and ensure health and fertility. It is believed that the Christian church sought to Christianize this pagan festival and associate it with the feast day of St. Valentine.

Saint Valentine:The true origin of Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery, with multiple accounts of Christian martyrs named Valentine. The most popular legend attributes the day to a priest named Valentine during the rule of Emperor Claudius II in the 3rd century AD. The story suggests that Valentine defied Claudius’s ban on marriages for young men, as he believed that single men made better soldiers. Valentine continued to perform marriages in secret, but eventually, he was apprehended, imprisoned, and executed on February 14th.

Chaucer and the Romantic Connection:The association between love and Valentine’s Day gained prominence during the Middle Ages. Geoffrey Chaucer, the medieval English poet, wrote a poem in the 14th century titled “Parliament of Fowls,” where he linked the mating of birds to the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day as a day of love.

Rise of Romantic Greetings:By the 18th century, exchanging handwritten notes and tokens of affection on Valentine’s Day became a popular custom in England. The tradition expanded to include the exchange of cards, often adorned with romantic symbols like cupids and hearts.

Commercialization and Globalization:In the 19th century, the mass production of Valentine’s Day cards began, and the holiday became more commercialized. The practice of sending cards and expressing affection spread to the United States, where it became a widely celebrated occasion.

Modern-Day Celebrations:Today, Valentine’s Day is observed worldwide, with people expressing their love through the exchange of cards, flowers, chocolates, and romantic gestures. While the origins may be rooted in ancient traditions and Christian history, the celebration has transcended its historical context to become a day dedicated to celebrating love and affection in all its forms.

Surgery Spotlight: Do I need to remove/replace my breast implants every 10 years?

By Dr. Juris Bunkis

Breast implants are not intended to last a lifetime. Over time, various factors can influence their integrity, prompting the need for replacement. While breast implants are designed to be highly durable, they are not immune to wear and tear. On average, the lifespan of breast implants is approximately 10 to 15 years. However, the actual duration can vary based on factors such as implant type, individual factors, and lifestyle choices. Some implants can last 30+ years with continued aesthetic satisfaction.

We recommend implant exchange when a Rupture or leakage occurs. Saline implants may deflate over time, resulting in a noticeable change in breast size. Silicone implants can experience silent ruptures, where damage may not be immediately apparent. Regular monitoring through imaging, like MRI, is recommended.

Capsular contracture is the formation of excessive scar tissue (capsules) around the implant can lead to firmness, discomfort, and changes in breast shape. Severe cases of capsular contracture may necessitate implant removal and replacement.

Undesirable changes in the aesthetics of the breast also can be a reason to exchange implants. As personal preferences and aesthetic standards evolve, individuals may choose to replace their implants for size or shape adjustments. Aging and changes in body composition can impact the appearance of augmented breasts, leading some individuals to consider implant replacement. Implant malposition can also affect the overall aesthetic appearance.

Monitoring and regular check-ups are crucial to assess the condition of breast implants. Regular imaging, such as an MRI for silicone implants, helps detect potential issues early on, allowing for timely intervention.

Breast implant replacement is not always an urgent necessity, but it is essential to be proactive in monitoring the implants’ condition. A combination of individual factors, lifestyle choices, and the inherent characteristics of implants contributes to the decision of when replacement may be needed. Consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is crucial for personalized guidance and recommendations tailored to each individual’s unique circumstances.

34-year-old healthy female with 11-year-old implants.

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