Raise Up! Refining Breast Appearance

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports almost 10 Million Cosmetic Procedures in 2009

A new survey shows that almost half (48%) of all Americans regardless of income approve of cosmetic plastic surgery and almost a quarter would consider cosmetic surgery for themselves. According to the February 2010 report, 48% of respondents with an income of under $25K approve of cosmetic surgery (52% of respondents with an income between $25K-$50K approve, 55% of respondents with an income between $50K-$75K approve, and 62% of respondents with an income above $75K approve) and 23% of the respondents who earn under $25K would consider cosmetic surgery for themselves.

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No matter what your concern is about your breast, there is a solution.  Whether you want to reduce, enlarge, even-out, or lift, a board certified cosmetic plastic surgeon can strive to make your dreams come true.  If however, you’re not interested in the permanence of cosmetic surgery, there are  non-surgical options available as well.

The Surgical  Choices:

Breast Implants is the most popular procedure requested for breast enhancement.  If you are looking to enlarge or to boost the perkiness factor, this is the best option.  The type of implants that are available are, saline implant, silicone implants, and the gummy bear implants which are still in the clinical trial period.

Saline Implants ~   Federal Drug Administration (FDA), approved saline-filled breast implants for augmentation in women ages 18 and older.  The saline implants are comprised of  sterile salt water, and is the only option available if you are a first time patient.  The pro of utilizing saline is, should the implant rupture and begin to leak, the body will absorb the solution without harm.

Silicone Implants ~ These implants were approved for breast augmentation in women 22 years or older and for breast reconstruction in women of any age.  Silicone implants are pre-filled implants and it is documented on the FDA’s website, that if ruptured, could cause breast pain, nipple sensation change, and asymmetry.

Breast Lift ~ If you are satisfied by the size of your breast but due to genetics, age, pregnancy, weight-loss or gain, they’ve lost the buoyancy they once had, this option is for you.  It’s also a great choice if you want to lift and add volume, meaning increase the size with implants.

Breast Filler is still in clinical trials.  It is a 2 part process.  First, liposuction, then the actual breast augmentation.  The surgery last about eight hours.  The results may not turn out as planned, because it cannot be determined how much of the fat will survive to inject into the breast.

Breast Reduction is chosen for mostly for health reasons.  Extremely large breast can cause neck and back pain, poor posture, and skin chafing as the weight of the breast pulls the bra down, causing the straps to dig into the shoulders where a rash usually occurs.   During this surgery, breasts are also reshaped.  It has also been reported on The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website, that not only does the physical health improve, so does the emotional health.

Non-Surgical Choices:

The Bra ~Adding temporary volume and cleavage to enhance your breast can be had by purchasing the right bra.  There is the push-up bra, bras that push-up and add volume by adding in an additional mini pad into a sleeve at the inside base of the bra.  Padding can be made out of gel, or foam.  There are even some bras that will temporarily enhance your breast up to a full cup size.  Retailers like Nordstrom, Victoria’s Secret, Linda’s Bra Salon in NYC, and Soleil Toile in Westport, CT, have wonderful “bra fitters” that will see to it that you get not only a gorgeous bra, but the correct size as well.

Cleavage Cupcakes ~ Crescent shaped gel enhancers that are placed under your breast to lift and add cleavage.   They retail for about $44.

Cleavage Cupcakes

Brazabra Corporation has been in business for almost 25 years and sell approximately 125 bra accessories.   They have created foam cup inserts that will add a full cup size to any bust line.  According to Braza, the foam cups stay put.

BrazaBra ~ Add a size pads

Braza specifies that the add-a- size strapless pads are ideal for woman that wear an A or B cup only.

BrazaBra ~ Add a size pads plus for strapless, and backless

Refining and beautifying your breast is a fairly easy process.  After thoroughly researching surgical and non-surgical options, the only decision that will need to be made is, “would you prefer to pay $65 – $100 for a bra, or 6 – $20k for breast enhancement surgery?”

Information and photos courtesy of, FDA, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Brazabra, Nordstrom, and Herlook.

To obtain more information about the bra accessories shown, please visit, www.brazabra.com, www.herlook.com, www.nordstrom.com