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Obstacles of Busty Breasts

May 24, 2015

By ALLISON  GOODWIN

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Many women dream of bigger breasts. They yearn for the day when their breasts will fill a lacy bustier or turn heads while they walk down the street. Perhaps this is the reason that breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures year after year.  But, big breasts aren’t always pretty bras and tons of cleavage isn’t always desired. Sometimes they have a few downsides. As any large breasted woman will tell you, big breasts can be painful and often get in the way. What’s a woman to do?

Let’s take a look at some of the more common problems with big breasts (and their solutions). Maybe there’s a way to have your breasts and enjoy them too.

Multiple Sports Bras

sportBig breasts bounce, and sometimes a lot. In order to contain their ladies during exercise, large breasted women often resort to wearing multiple bras. Layered sports bras don’t  give constructive support, and they can be uncomfortable. If you go to the gym often, this means lots of laundry. And all that compression often leads to the dreaded uni-boob.

While some women continue to double up on the sports bra front, most women don’t need to, even with large breasts. High impact sports bras use a unique design to support the breasts (and minimize bouncing) without compression. This allows your breasts to look great even at the gym. Brands such as Chantelle, Panache, FreyaShock Absorber, Elomi, Anita and Wacoal are worth a look.

Whether your breasts are naturally large or enhanced with breast augmentation,  A good sports bra can reduce bounce up to 80%.

 

Pregnancy

breastsaggingPregnancy causes some serious breast changes. The breasts tend to get a lot larger during pregnancy, but once baby is born, this additional size quickly disappears. Even women with previously large breasts find themselves looking a bit deflated.

While hormonal changes in pregnancy will cause breast changes, the good news is that there are options for restoring your look after baby is born. Dr. Kathleen Waldorf, board certified plastic surgeon at Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery, explains, “Large or small, pregnancy will change your breasts. Even women with naturally large breasts often opt for breast augmentation after they’ve finished having children to restore some of the volume lost during pregnancy and breast feeding. Sagging can be corrected with a breast lift.”

In addition, the lingerie market has expanded its reach, with resources devoted exclusively to maternity and nursing bras as well as line extensions on many brands covering this niche, such as Cake Lingerie, Cache Coeur, Hot Milk and Anita.

Can’t Sleep on Stomach

Many women with large breasts find it uncomfortable to sleep on their stomachs. The key to getting a good night’s sleep is finding a position that’s comfortable to you. If you don’t like stomach sleeping, sleep on your back or your side, but if you do, don’t let your breasts stop you. An alternative solution is a sleep bra. Try Wacoal, Anita or Royce.

Sagging

Plain and simple, big breasts are going to sag, sometimes a lot. While many women find this frustrating, remember that there’s a lot you can do.

  • Support Them – Wearing a bra is one of the best things you can do for breast sagging. What a great reason to go on a lingerie shopping spree!
  • Get a Lift – If your breasts do sag, and sooner or later they probably will, get a breast lift. Sagging might be inevitable, but you don’t have to let it stick around.
  • Add an Implant – Many women with larger breasts opt for breast implants. They aren’t after the additional size, but rather the support that an implant can offer. If your natural breasts are a bit saggy, consider getting a bit of silicone support.
  • Avoid Weight Fluctuations – Changes in weight (both for the positive or negative) can contribute to sagging. Find your ideal weight and stick at it to minimize sagging.
  • Wear Sunscreen – Don’t let the ladies spend time in the sun (or tanning bed) unprotected. Sun damage can make the skin thinner, leading to more sagging.

Difficulty Finding Bra Size

Depending on the size of your large breasts, finding bras can be a hassle. Many retailers don’t stock the larger sizes, making specialty store shopping a must. On-line the assortment tends to be bigger also. There are a few perks to buying bras online. You’ll have access to the latest styles and in lingerie, new innovations are always coming out. If you’re just shopping at the department store, odds are they only carry a few brands and simple styles. Specialty stores that focus on bra fitting are the best alternative. Sales experts who understand the differences in brands and breast shapes will guide you to the correct style. Online, or at a specialty bra store, you’ll find more manufacturers, more styles, and more options. Higher quality bras are available and these will not only last longer, but will also provide more support. Sure, you might have to spend a bit more time bra shopping, but your ladies will look and feel much better.

Yes, big breasts do have some problems, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth it. Many of the issues women with large breasts face can be remedied with the right bra, a little surgery, or some preventative action.  If you’ve got big breasts, or if you’ll have them soon from breast augmentation, embrace them. Isn’t it time we all loved our breasts?

 

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A Letter From A Survivor ~ AnaOno

April 19, 2015

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Hello Ellen,

I started AnaOno soon after I had a double mastectomy at 28 years old. I was diagnosed with breast cancer a day before my birthday and 2 months before my wedding! As I started my journey, it never crossed my mind that my lingerie drawer would be a problem after my surgery. It is whirl wind of treatment, surgeries and doctors appointments, I kept telling myself…”After the next surgery, everything will be OK.” “After the reconstruction is finished, I’ll fit back into my beautiful bras.” Well, I was completely and utterly wrong.

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I asked my doctor as soon as I was healed from my implant reconstruction and ready to jump back into my sexy lacy beautiful bras, but found that none of them fit me…what was I suppose to do next? Why was this happening? I was then advised that I would be most comfortable in sport bras & camisoles, the same products I wore during my expanding phase…but I could possibly find something more in a mastectomy shop if I was really looking for a “bra”, but to avoid underwires as they would be difficult for fit and may cause some unnecessary pain. So I listened, I went to the mastectomy shop in my town, and found that the only options were utilitarian, unfashionable, mastectomy bras, that were much more than I needed. I didn’t need all that support and construction to hold a prosthesis; I just needed something pretty that fit and made me feel good! It was after many failed attempts and many tears that I knew I  needed to do something about it, that NO woman should ever leave a lingerie store in tears. That is completely the opposite of what feeling sexy and confident is meant to feel like.

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Then the other part of my journey started, launching lingerie for women like myself, that was also having trouble finding product that fit in the traditional lingerie world! AnaOno was launched in May 2014, and now we are coming up on one year helping women feel confident and sexy after breast surgery. Our products are unlike many options available in the market today. I have designed wire-free lingerie with women that have reconstruction in mind. The fit has been adjusted to account for implant shapes and sizing, as well as removing the apex to avoid an unnecessary “bubble” in the place where a nipple used to sit, while also focusing on materials with multiple way stretch to account for unevenness in the breasts. We carry options for women that have gone through all surgeries, from lumpectomies, to mastectomies, with and without reconstruction. I like to let women know that if they are uncomfortable in an underwire bra that typically has padding, that they will also love the AnaOno lingerie options!

DanaDonofree_AnaOno_Owner1Cancer can have many challenges, I didn’t want to let the bra drawer be one of them!

If you have any other questions, or would like to hear specifically about any other styles or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out….I would love to share more with you!

And thank you so much for contacting me, I am hopeful to share the word with as many survivors as possible so they can find out that they DO have an option for beautiful sexy bras after surgery!

Never Alone

Dana Donofree

AnaOno, Owner & Survivor

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Vacation Breasts: Worth It or Not?

April 7, 2015

By ALLISON GOODWIN

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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 … Read more

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Differences Between Breast Lift Accessories and a Surgical Breast Lift

January 15, 2015

By ALLISON GOODLIN

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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 … Read more

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Going Braless with Implants: Good or Bad?

December 11, 2014

By ALLISON GOODLIN

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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!

Weight Matters- Are Your Implants Saline or Silicone?

The weight of your breasts can contribute to the amount … Read more

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Men Who Wear Bras: An Under-served Lingerie Market

November 12, 2014

By ELISABETH DALE

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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

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Bras Don’t Cause Breast Cancer

November 3, 2014

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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

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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 www.TheBreastLife.com. 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 TheBreastLife.com, 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 www.TheBreastLife.com 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.
 

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ALLISON GOODLIN

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.