Paul & Lori Byerly
Follow up note: We have heard from a couple of women who tried Brava and were not satisfied. Both complained about the discomfort and having to wear the device for many hours a day, and neither saw any real size increase.
Having done some searching, it looks like typical long term increases are half a cup size to a full cup. The more a woman has to start, the more increase she will see. Fat content of the breasts is also a factor. While we find a few women happy with the results, the vast majority are not, and many go on to have implants.
Breast enlargement is a touchy subject among some Christians. We do not feel enlargement is inherently sinful, but there are questions over the reasons for desiring it, the safety, and cost. A new device now available removes the second issue, and for some the third. For women with uneven breasts or very small breasts, this may be a good solution.
The Brava system is a nonsurgical, scientifically-proven, breast enlargement system. It uses negative pressure to apply a gentle three-dimensional pulling force that causes the breasts to slowly and naturally grow an average of about one cup size. The method lifts, shapes, and fills the breasts. The procedure creates no scar tissue, no stretch marks, no asymmetry of breasts, and the results are permanent. (Measurements 22 months after use was stopped show no size loss.)
Two semi-rigid plastic domes with silicone gel rims are placed over the breasts. Vacuum pressure is maintained by a small battery-powered micro-computer-controlled vacuum pump. The system weighs 1 to 2 pounds, but many women find it bulky. It can be worn under clothes during the day, but night time is the preferred time of use. The system has some bugs, which are being worked out. Salt crystals from sweat can clog the pump, and if the seal is lost an alarm sounds. The system is held in place by a sports bra, and must be worn 10 hours a day for 10 consecutive weeks. Even one missed day can cause a week's setback, particularly at the beginning.
Brava is based on a medical principle known as tension-induced growth: Brava's vacuum stretches the breast tissue gently over a sustained period of time. When healthy cells are stretched, they respond both by swelling temporarily and by replicating until, eventually, the cells divide to accommodate stretch force. The new tissue is identical to the woman's original breast tissue, and feels the same both to her and from the "outside."
The device is intended for women who have breasts from smaller than an A cup up to a B cup. Dr. Khouri, the inventor of the Brava, says that recent clinical results show that the longer women wear the device, the more their breasts grow. It seems users can get a cup size increase for every ten weeks of use, up to a C cup. The size limitation is based on the fact that a C cup is the largest device made.
The FDA has approved the device, and chosen not to regulate the device since they were convinced it was safe. There have been a number of studies and tests, and no damage or risks have been found. Tension-induced growth has been used for over 30 years in other areas of the body, so the science on this is very solid. Aside from skin irritation, there are no side effects or health risks.
The Brava system is available through a doctor or directly from Brava. To find a doctor in your area of the US go to the Brava Web Site. Be aware that the web site contains photos of exposed breasts in some sections. Recently Brava has begun selling directly to the public, become a member at the Brava Site for more information.
The Brava Starter System (one set of domes) is a bit more than $1,000 dollars. When purchased from a Brava Authorized Physician the cost is $2,000 to $2,500 with a money back guarantee on results from participating physicians (the physician's offer an additional service of qualifying patients in person and documenting the initial starting size of their patient with measurements, weight, photographs and record the date of the menstrual cycle).
The company warns against use by women with a strong family breast cancer history. This is probably more to avoid unfounded law suits, since there is absolutely no evidence or scientific reason why the procedure would increase breast cancer risks. Women with severe sagging are unlikely to get good results, and women with very low body fat may see little change.
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