A lack of cleavage and size and position of your breasts are reasons why you might not fill out a neckline the way you want. Las Vegas plastic surgeon Mike Edwards, MD, says, “I see a number of women who say they are self-conscious about their bra size, feeling they are not proportionate. A common comment after breast augmentation surgery is that they feel better in their clothes.” No matter your concern in a low-cut top, there are steps you can take to regain your confidence in a plunging neckline.
Lack of Cleavage
Whether you’re looking to attract or detract from your natural assets, a good fitting bra is the best place to start for instant results. Despite the fact that the right bra—be it a push-up, lifting or reducing bra—can give your breasts a better shape, the instant results can make a world of difference in how you look in your clothes.
When push-up bras do little to achieve the look you’re going for, something more permanent, like implants, is the only choice. “I see a lot of women who seek breast augmentation even though they take very good care of themselves with diet and exercise and have great figures. Patients tell me even a modest augmentation allows them to feel more feminine in some cases.” says Dr. Edwards.
With options for enlarging your chest—like silicone or saline implants or fat (which is still experimental)—the key to a natural-looking result is to choose the appropriate size and profile for your body. “I have my patients try on a sports bra with implants to get an idea of what they could look like post-surgery,” adds Dr. Edwards.
Breasts that are too large for your frame may not only be a burden (physically) and cause pain, they can also lack shape and cleavage and look sloppy in tops that draw attention to the chest. “Creating pretty cleavage isn’t as easy as you think. The more the chest bone protrudes away from the body and the more laterally located one’s breasts are to begin with, the less cleavage that can be created. The positioning of the breasts dictates the amount of cleavage on the chest,” explains New York plastic surgeon Alan Matarasso, MD.
With a traditional breast reduction, excess fat and tissue are removed through an incision that leaves a scar from the nipple to the crease of the breast and/or a circular scar around the nipple, so some plastic surgeons prefer to reduce the breasts with liposuction. The advantage: less extensive scars. But, not everyone is a candidate. “There needs to be the right amount of fat, which can only be determined by a plastic surgeon who knows what to look for. If the breasts are glandular it won’t be a success,” Dr. Matarasso says.
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