By ALLISON GOODWIN
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
Big 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, Freya, Shock 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 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.
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?