Whether you were born with small breasts or they’ve changed in size and shape over time, attaining nice breasts that suit your body is something that almost every woman wants. Historically, implants were linked to big, fake-looking breasts. Today, there has been a shift in thinking, and everyone from A-list celebrities to housewives are open to the idea of obtaining better breasts that look natural.
Whether you have opted for surgery or are looking for the perfect pick-me-up push-up bra, we asked the breast experts which bras are best to get a bigger, fuller, younger-looking chest.
For those who want a temporary boost in size and don’t want to commit to surgery, “Push-up bras have built-in padding that lifts up the bust and pushes the breasts closer together to enhance your cleavage,” says New York bra expert Linda Becker. And since “push-up bras are technically engineered to elevate breasts,” says Susan Nethero, founder of Intimacy boutiques, they can work wonders and look natural.
Made of cotton, satin, lace or any other type of fabric, push-up bras temporarily amplify the size of your chest by forcing breasts in and up-for a more lifted, round look-with either padding, silicone or water sacks, or mini pillow-like inserts, as well as some sort of plastic or metal underwire.
When shopping for the perfect push-up, Nethero says that both small-busted and fuller-busted women should look for the same thing: proper size and tasteful cleavage (one inch of center definition between the breasts).
While push-up bras work well for some, breast enhancement is a permanent option that many opt for. “Younger women tend to look better in push-up bras because they get good cleavage. Older women can look good in them too, but have more empty skin and may not be able to get the cleavage they want,” says New York plastic surgeon Tracy Pfeifer, MD. “There’s one downside to push-up bras: they can take breast tissue from the outside and push it toward the center, making breasts lack proportion and curvature,” Dr. Pfeifer says. If you find yourself wearing a push-up bra the majority of the time, you may want to consider surgery, which will provide similar, if not better, results.
Best bra post-surgery: The Wonderbra Wirefree No Slip Push Up ($32) is appropriate for implants since wire bras shouldn’t be worn directly after surgery and you don’t typically need the support of a wire after augmentation.
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