Get The Body You’ve Always Wanted

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Achieving a perfect body may seem out or reach. But thanks to advancements in the medical and beauty industry, there are many ways, both non-invasive and with surgery, that you can improve the body parts that trouble you most. We have put together a four part series that details different methods to achieving your ideal body. 

The first of our Ideal Body Series touches on achieving bigger breasts. Below are three ways you can improve the size and look of your bust, from instant and simple results to long-term enhancement.

1. Get Bigger Breasts Instantly with a Push Up Bra

Who it’s good for: Those who want a temporary boost in size and don’t want to commit to surgery should try a push-up bra

“Push-up bras are technically engineered to elevate breast tissue and enhance a cleavage effect,” says Susan Nethero, founder of Intimacy boutiques. Made of cotton, satin, lace or any other type of fabric, push-up bras temporarily amplify the size of your chest by forcing the 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. “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 is one downside to push-up bras: They can take the breast tissue from the outside and push it toward the center, making the 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.

2. Amp Up Your Size and Shape for the Long-Term with Implants

Who it’s good for: Those who want to permanently improve breast shape and/or size

Longer lasting than push-up bras, breast augmentation relies upon either silicone or saline implants placed under, in between or over the muscle to add size, shape, proportion and cleavage. “When it comes to choosing between implants and wearing a push-up bra, it’s all about quality of life and the naturalness of the result,” says Dallas plastic surgeon William P. Adams, Jr., MD. “Push-up bras definitely work, but most women want to have a fuller or larger look all the time—with or without clothes. And the only thing that can produce those results are breast implants.” For the most natural look, La Jolla, CA, plastic surgeon Reza Sadrian, MD, says that breast diameter, as well as the profile, shape and positioning of the implants, needs to be taken into consideration. “Implants should fit the body appropriately. If they are too big for your body’s natural diameter, the implant will stick out at the sides, be too high up on the chest and just look too large overall,” he says.

3. Want a More Natural Alternative to Implants? Use Your Fat

According to Nashville, TN, plastic surgeon Pat Maxwell, MD, the idea of fat for augmenting breasts is becoming more and more popular. “It’s a new technology, and there’s no regulatory approval in the U.S., so the technique is not yet standardized. But it may be a great option for those that want to only be about one cup size, at best, bigger,” he says. Similar to how fat grafting works in other parts of the body, like the face and butt, fat is first removed via liposuction before it’s washed and reinjected in very small amounts to the breast. “The procedure is very controversial, and there is concern about the long-term safety and efficacy,” says La Jolla, CA, plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD.

Want to learn more about how to achieve your ideal body? Check back throughout the next couple of weeks for Part 2 (Beautiful Butt), Part 3 (Tight Tummy) and Part 4 (Sexy Legs)! 

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