When people think of plastic surgery, they almost always think about breast augmentation. Known more colloquially as the “boob job,” breast augmentation is a way for a plastic surgery patient to increase the size of her bust.
The motivations for getting a breast augmentation are many; some patients want a body that is more proportional, others are addressing a problem with asymmetry, while still others just want a boost of confidence and self-esteem. It’s not really our place to judge any of those motivations.
But is there another way to get those results? Can you increase your bust size with exercise? Is there a magic diet that will ensure your breasts get larger? Well, let’s take a look at this question and see what we can find.
The Composition of the Breast
In order to answer the question of exercise and bust size, it might first be helpful to talk about what breasts are actually made out of. There are, in fact, three basic components to a breast:
- Muscle: The foundation of a breast is comprised of muscle. Your chest muscle (pectoral muscle) is the lowest layer of the breast but is important in determining how large the breast is.
- Fat: Perhaps the most important factor in determining the size of your breast is the amount of fat in those breasts. After all, fat composes a significant portion of the human breast.
- Glandular Tissue: Women’s breast are designed to serve a function—and that function is the expression of milk. The third component of a breast is the series of glands that are dedicated to the production of milk.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the easiest area to target for the increase in one’s bust size is the muscle. That means exercise.
Exercises to Increase Your Bust Size
By targeting the underlying pectoral muscles, it is possible to exert some influence on the size of your breasts. It’s worth pointing out, however, that this influence will be subtle. It’s kind of like adding to the foundation of your home—you can raise up the home, but that doesn’t increase the ceiling height in the attic.
In other words, these exercises will yield subtle results. For some people, that might be just the ticket, though. Let’s take a look at what some of these exercises entail:
- Elbow extensions (start with hands out in front of you and then slowly extend your elbows as far as possible behind you; Repeat this process up to 20 times in a set)
- Wall presses (think about this as a kind of push up while leaning against a wall)
- Palm presses (with a palm press, you hold your hands out in front of you and press your palms together as hard as you can)
In order to see results, you should repeat these exercises several time a day. And, of course, it will take a considerable amount of time to see those results. That’s just how exercise works.
Is It Just Easier to Get a Breast Augmentation?
It’s really tough to compare the effectiveness of something like exercising to get a bigger bust and something like breast augmentation to get a bigger bust. At the end of the day, they’re just way too different.
Here’s what I will say, however: breast augmentation can be incredibly effective. According to the website of the Twin Cities breast augmentation experts at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation procedures can greatly increase the size and youthfulness of the breasts.
That’s because, in many cases, surgeons will perform a breast lift at the same time they perform the breast augmentation.
Changes Beyond Exercise
Here’s sort of what it comes down to: if you want bigger and bolder results, exercise may not be able to help you. But if you want a subtle lift—the kind you might get from slightly larger muscles, then exercise can be the way to go.
The thing to keep in mind is that the exercises you’re doing aren’t really increasing the size of the breasts. The actual fat and the glandular tissue are not increasing in size. Rather, you’re lifting the foundation (and thus lifting the house).
With a breast augmentation, you’re really sort of using an implant to increase the actual size. The answer to weather you can increase your bust size with exercise really comes down to how you interpret that question—and how much of an increase you’re looking for.