Breast Briefs


Vacation Breasts: Worth It or Not?

April 7, 2015



Like Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother granting a wish for just one night, the new cosmetic trend of “vacation breasts” bestows a woman with a trial pair of bigger breasts that last about a day. Is the procedure worth it? Or are they just another fairytale, waiting to turn into a pumpkin? Dr. Gordon Lewis, a trusted plastic surgeon in the Richmond area shares his insight with us as we take an in-depth look at this new, trending procedure.

What Are Vacation Breasts?

The desire for fuller, larger breasts is a natural one. Some women genetically have a modest chest size than they would like because of their natural shape or congenital deformities (like Poland Syndrome). Other women have lost a bit of their size and fullness after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Women across the US agree that bigger breasts can help them feel more confident, more sexy, and more feminine.

The main function of the vacation breasts procedure is to temporarily increase breast size. The procedure uses a series of saline injections that cause the breast to look larger without implants or surgery. If it sounds too good to be true, remember that the result is very temporary. The technique is effective (in some cases it can increase breast size by a cup and half), but the results only last about 24 hours and then, like Cinderella, you turn back into regular you (smaller breasts included). Longer lasting vacation breast treatments are in development and may someday last for 2-3 weeks.

Many women hope that non-surgical breast enhancement options like this will give them a realistic idea of what they’ll look and feel like after surgical breast augmentation. If they are on the fence about whether or not they’d like implants, some women opt for vacation breasts to help make the augmentation decision.  About 75% of those that test-drive vacation breasts decide to get implants in the end. And about 98% of all women with breast implants are glad they had the procedure done.

Cost vs. Benefit: Are Vacation Breasts Worth It?

Vacation breasts are a new procedure and very expensive. ABC News indicates that the insta-breast procedure costs about $2500, a big investment for a single day of larger breasts. Some surgeons that offer the procedure credit a portion of it toward breast augmentation surgery should the patient decide to get implants. Financial cost isn’t the only thing to consider. There are also the short term risks associated with the procedure (risk of hitting a blood vessel during injections and risk of infection) and the potential unknown long term risks. Another downside is that the body could absorb the saline solution at different rates leading to uneven breasts until the saline is fully absorbed.

Dr. Lewis explains, “Women that are considering vacation breasts to try out implants should realize that there are easier, more affordable options. In my practice I use Vectra 3D Imaging to give my patients a look at their breast augmentation before results before surgery ever occurs. This system is completely non-invasive and gives a very realistic look of your body with larger breasts. Vacation breasts aren’t the only way to take implants for a test-drive.”

When it comes to lingerie, there are a few potential problems with vacation breasts as well. Bigger breasts means bigger lingerie sizes (and unless you have larger bras just waiting in your closet, that means investing in new lingerie that won’t fit tomorrow or going au natural for the day). Since the saline injections temporarily expand breast tissue, it can make your breasts a lot heavier. Bigger breasts tend to sag and the strain of unsupported, heavier breasts could potentially lead to sagging (and in rare cases stretch marks) from the procedure.

When it comes down to it, if you want larger breasts long term, implants are the way to go. Vacation breasts do serve a purpose, but shouldn’t be considered an alternative to surgical breast augmentation. One treatment lasts for a day while the other has the potential to last indefinitely. If you’re considering vacation breasts to help make the implant decision, consider trying less expensive methods like 3D imaging.




Differences Between Breast Lift Accessories and a Surgical Breast Lift

January 15, 2015



Pick one word that describes your breasts. What was your answer? If you selected perky or firm, this article isn’t for you. On the other hand, if you chose saggy, deflated, loose, or droopy, keep reading. There are several options available to give your breasts a little boost in the lift department.

Two of the main options for breast lifting you’ll encounter are breast lift accessories and a surgical breast lift. There are 3 popular accessory options that provide temporary lift while surgery provides permanent results. How do these options stack up? Let’s compare the most popular solutions for giving a lift to your breast in order to find out which option is best for your needs.

Lifting Bra Tape

Just as the name implies, bra tape (also called breast tape and breast stickers) have adhesive on one side that stick to the breast. There are several different brands, each with slight differences. The stickers are typically thin and are either transparent or come in different skin colors, often shaped like half donut or look like a bra cup. They are placed on the base of the breast ending at a higher area on the chest to create a lift.


Breast tape has a few primary advantages. It is a good lift option for outfits where a bra won’t work (strapless dresses, backless dresses, etc.). It can restore that barely there, perky breast feeling that women miss from their younger days. They also can fit almost any breast size or shape. They also have a few downsides. Some women find the stickers hard to apply (there is a definite technique to using them). They can only be used once and at $1 or $2 dollars apiece they aren’t the most affordable option, especially for everyday use. If not done properly they can come loose, leading to an embarrassing moment or two. They can also cause irritation and discomfort, especially for women with very sensitive skin.

Adhesive Bra

An adhesive bra is basically a hybrid between a bra and breast tape. It looks like a backless, strapless bra and is usually made of some kind of silicone or flexible plastic. These bras are worn with adhesive that attaches the cups to the breast providing lift and support. An adhesive bra is the perfect choice for formal-wear as it provides support without the lines and rolls caused by straps. Adhesive bras are cleanable and reusable, but you will need to apply fresh adhesive with each use.


The amount of lift you’ll get from an adhesive bra largely depends on how the bra is applied. It is generally recommended that you place the cups far out on the sides of the breast before fastening them so that the breasts squeeze together when the bra is fully applied. For even more lift pair an adhesive bra with breast tape. Apply the breast tape first and then put the adhesive bra on over the breast tape.

Push Up Bra

Every woman should own a good push up bra. Not only does this bra style give breasts needed lift, it also enhances a woman’s overall silhouette. Lifting your breasts can make your waist look longer and give you natural looking cleavage, whatever your breast size. The push bra is very flattering. As long as it fits it can flatter cup sizes from A to DD and beyond.


Push up bras generally feature padded, specially angled cups that push the breasts inward and upward. The padding in the bra adds a bit of extra volume (perfect for those breasts that have lost volume due to pregnancy or breast feeding) while the angled cups re-position the breast to a more flattering area on the chest. Push up bras are a great choice for those days when you want a little extra cleavage. A good quality push up bra isn’t cheap, but since it is a reusable option it can be considered an investment.


While push up bras have many advantages, they do have a few downsides. Bra fitting is notoriously difficult and most women get it wrong. A push up bra that doesn’t fit can be unflattering. Bras are also primary culprits of back rolls and bulges and many women find them uncomfortable.

Surgical Breast Lift

Both push up bras and breast stickers are temporary solutions to sagging breasts. They might work well, but as soon as they come off, your breasts will once again drop. A surgical breast lift is a more permanent solution to sagging.

A breast lift (also called mastopexy) uses a few small incisions on the breast (one is typically around the areola) to reshape and re-position the breasts. Excess skin is removed, the remaining skin tightened, and the nipple re-positioned. A breast lift is surgery which does mean a recovery period. For most women it takes about 2 weeks to fully return to their regular schedules.


Dr. Steven Robinson from Ohio Plastic Surgeons explains, “Breast lifting accessories like the push up bra can’t compare with a breast lift. Yes, they can lift the breast temporarily, but only a breast lift can permanently correct the problem of sagging breasts. After a breast lift you won’t have to worry about applying stickers or squeezing your breasts into an overly uncomfortable bra. Save yourself the hassle and get a breast lift.”

How do you lift your breasts? For many women a combination of all three approaches is the best choice. Breast stickers, adhesive bras, and push up bras can be used as a temporary solution; however, surgical breast lifts can provide long lasting results to give your breasts the natural look you’ve always wanted.




Going Braless with Implants: Good or Bad?

December 11, 2014



It is part of the morning routine: wake up, shower, put on that bra. As women putting on a bra is something we do every day, rain or shine. Is it really necessary? After breast implants your breasts may be perkier than they were before surgery. Do you actually need to wear that bra every day?

While skipping your bra for the occasional backless cocktail dress probably won’t ruin your implants, going braless long term isn’t recommended. Your breasts are fighting a battle with gravity. The extra support of a bra might be the secret weapon they need to win. Don’t skip that bra!

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Men Who Wear Bras: An Under-served Lingerie Market

November 12, 2014



More and more men are struggling to find bras to support their developing breasts. Gynecomastia (male breast growth) is a well-documented medical condition linked to several causes, and is a side effect of many common prescription and over-the-counter drugs. According to some experts, nearly half of all men will experience gynecomastia at some point in their lives but will be too embarrassed to consult a physician about the problem. The only treatment options for men who grow breasts are (a) breast reduction surgery, or (b) wearing a bra.

Why should the intimate apparel industry pay attention to this non-traditional group of potential bra buyers?

male-with-breastsFirst, their numbers are growing. While some choose surgery (over 20,000 annually, with male breast reduction … Read more



Bras Don’t Cause Breast Cancer

November 3, 2014

wear-bra-no-cancerby ALLISON GOODLIN

If you want to reduce your breast cancer risk there is much you can do, but don’t stop wearing that bra. The common myth that bras cause breast cancer has been debunked according to a new study. Skipping your bra won’t reduce your cancer risk, but it is almost a certain guarantee that you’ll soon have sagging breasts.

What’s the Link between Bras and Breast Cancer?

The reasoning behind the bra and breast cancer link all comes down to lymphatic fluids. This fluid circulates throughout the body. Some believe that constricting the movement of lymphatic fluid (by wearing a bra for example) makes it more difficult for the body to filter and remove toxins leading to an increased breast cancer risk.… Read more



Everything You Need to Know about Buying Surgical Bras

October 5, 2014



When looking for a surgical bra for an upcoming breast augmentation or mastectomy it can feel like you’re swimming in a sea of confusion. Which bra will provide the support you need during healing? What are bra pockets and do you need them? What features are essential? What do you need to avoid? Let go of the confusion and let us show you the way. When you know what to look for, buying a surgical bra doesn’t have to be a mind boggling process.

Surgical Bra Essentials

These must have features will ensure that your surgical bra is comfortable and supportive from the day after surgery until your healing is complete. Every feature on this list is a must so don’t compromise. Read more



Real Reasons Women Get Breast Implants

September 24, 2014


Why do women get breast implants? It’s the No 1 cosmetic surgery in the US, even though it carries with it the burden of judgment and dismissal. So what’s driving these women? Are they young and insecure? Superficial? Desperate?

The answers might surprise you.

Of the 300,000 implant procedures in the US in 2013 (up 37% since 2000 and still rising), the breakdown by age, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, goes like this:

2013 ASAP Breast Augmentations, by Age

13-19                                     8,234

20-29                                   83,638

30-39                                 105,877

40-54                                   85,516

55+                                       6,934

Note the largest group: 30 to 39-year-old women. Not recent grads. Not porn stars. Not young women on the prowl.

What could be their motivation?

Most 30 to 39-year-olds are … Read more


Elisabeth Dale

BREAST BRIEFS ~ All about breast health and breast related topics

Contributing Authors Include: ELISABETH DALE and ALLISON GOODLIN


ELISABETH DALE is an internationally renowned breast expert and author, and the founder of She has appeared on Good Morning America, The Tyra Banks Show, BBC World News, NPR, and has been featured in The New York Times, Cosmo, Glamour, Men’s Health, and the Sunday London Times.
In her book, bOObs: A Guide to Your Girls, and on her website, Elisabeth entertains, educates and encourages AAA through KK cups to learn more about their bodies and support the changes their breasts go through from puberty to motherhood and menopause.

At, women can bare and share their intimate feelings and stories about their bodies (mammoirs), and experience a safe haven to explore new and innovative products, services, clothing, and surgical options. You can visit to find the best breast gear and garments that have earned The Breast Life Seal of Approval from a trusted community of product testers, and share your finds and feelings with an active community of other smart, stylish and interested women.





Allison is a professional writer, who enjoys writing about health, beauty tips, and skin care. She has written for several beauty blogs and fashion publications, but has recently found an interest in the plastic surgery industry. After overcoming breast cancer, Allison has focused her research on breast surgeries, with emphasis on patient lifestyle after breast augmentation, breast lifts and especially breast reconstruction for cancer patients. She is dedicated to informing seasoned and future patients on the how-to’s after breast surgery.
She truly feels that each patient should experience the excitement of purchasing lingerie once your new look has finally healed and with the experienced surgical advice, patients will be equipt with the information to enjoy their buying experience.