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Medically Reviewed By Dr. Moraitis

Many women who are unhappy with the shape or size of their breasts shy away from breast augmentation surgery because they believe that they can simply use push-up or padded bras to achieve the same effect. However, padded bras can only do so much. Unlike breast augmentation surgery, they cannot permanently correct the issues that cause women to feel unhappy with the appearance of their breasts. While padded bras are a good option for some, those who want a more permanent solution should consider breast augmentation surgery.

Padded Bras: Pros & Cons

By wearing a padded bra, women can instantly change the appearance of their breasts. These bras allow women to make their breasts look bigger without the pain or expense of surgery. Padded bras are a great option for many women because they come in a range of styles and sizes, can make your breasts appear about one cup size larger, are fairly inexpensive, and do not require any recovery time or permanent investment. However, padded bras are also not a permanent solution. Additionally, they can fail to create the shape you want because they push your breast tissue toward the center of your body, creating a lack of proportion.

The Benefits of Breast Augmentation

In contrast to padded bras, breast augmentation is a permanent solution to any problems you may have with the appearance of your breasts. While breast augmentation is a serious investment that requires you to take time off work, is costly, and can leave scarring, it also comes with many benefits over wearing padded bras. Breast augmentation allows you to increase the size of your breasts as much as you want, and it ensures that your breasts look the way you want them to whether you are wearing clothing or not. Breast augmentation can also help you achieve a better shape, and it corrects asymmetry. Finally, breast augmentation has been proven to increase self-esteem, helping you build your confidence and feel good about the way you look permanently.

Making the Choice

How can you decide whether you should stick to wearing padded bras or take the plunge with breast augmentation? If you are someone who is satisfied with simply being able to temporarily increase the size of your breasts and are not ready to commit to surgery, continuing to wear padded bras is the best option. However, if you struggle with asymmetrical breasts, have low self-esteem due to the appearance of your breasts, or are searching for a permanent solution, you should consider breast augmentation.