If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, there are options. While some of them are more invasive and expensive than others, depending on the results you would like to achieve, your plastic surgeon can help you find the best plan of action. We suggest starting with a good-fitting bra and going from there. Read on for three ways to improve your chest:
1. A Good Fitting Bra
A good bra is the foundation for a good-looking chest. Most of us think that if a bra feels comfortable and gives some support, then it’s a good fit. Jessica Pfister, director at Le Mystère, says, “The right bra can make your breasts look dramatically different, giving you amazing support and comfort.”
It’s a good idea to get fitted every year but if you experience ‘double bubble’ breasts, digging straps and/or sagging breasts, now is as good a time as ever. “Once you’re in a bra that lifts properly or gives the shape or size you’ve always wanted, the importance of a good bra is instantly recognized,” says Pfister.
Bottom line: Bras don‘t give long-term improvement. They also don’t last forever, as they lose their shape from regular washing and wearing. Make sure to replace them as needed.
2. A Breast Lift
It’s a fact of life that the breasts sag to some degree and even though a good lifting bra can help in the interim, the minute you take it off, you’re back to your starting point. Blame age, weight fluctuations and changes to the breasts from pregnancy as multiple culprits.
Saggy skin in the breasts is normal, and when the breasts begin to atrophy, they become deflated and flat and sometimes look smaller since the volume in the upper part of the breast is lost.
“Truly saggy breasts not only droop but the nipple sits below the crease under the breast. To provide the best shape, a lift is required,” says Newport Beach, CA plastic surgeon Malcom D. Paul, MD. Before undergoing a breast lift, make sure you’re at a stable weight and done with having children since both can affect the long-lasting results.
3. Breast Augmentation
Breasts are like fingerprints—they’re unique from one person to the next. A size and shape that looks good on your friend may not be compatible with your body, which is why skin elasticity, natural breast size and shape need to be taken into consideration.
“Breast augmentation with implants is the gold standard for getting better looking breasts because size, shape and profile can all be addressed,” says Miami Beach, FL, plastic surgeon Leonard Tachmes, MD. If you aren’t happy with the size or fullness of your breasts, consider surgery. “Think of breast augmentation like putting a bigger pillow into a pillow case. There are some limitations but for the most part, the skin stretches very well,” says Duxbury, MA, facial plastic surgeon Christine Hamori, MD. Most women want a natural look when considering breast surgery.
Implants, either silicone or saline, offer a permanent fix for larger, fuller, more proportionate breasts. Your plastic surgeon may recommend a lift too, if there’s sagging or loss of volume.