Does Nonsurgical Breast Enlargement Actually Work?

A Closer Look at the BRAVA System

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According to Brava, LLC, the BRAVA system is scientifically engineered and tested to offer a nonsurgical method for providing "gradual and lasting breast tissue growth without surgery or the use of medications."

BRAVA's website goes on to say that its system is "based on the medical principle of tension-induced growth," which activates your body's production of new breast tissue.

So How Does the BRAVA System Actually Work?

The BRAVA "system" itself looks like a high-tech sports bra. But this bra includes a microprocessor called a SmartBox, which regulates and records its action and performance. It also includes plastic domes, which must be worn a minimum of 10 hours a day for at least 10 weeks.

The average cost for the system, which promises an increase of one cup size, is $2,500 (about half the cost of implant surgery).

Is This Recognized as a Legitimate Method of Breast Enhancement?

Although the company claims FDA approval, the fact is that the only approval BRAVA has from the FDA is that it is allowed on the market as an unregulated device. The FDA cannot say whether any increase in breast size will actually last, nor can they say whether the newly grown breast tissue will be healthy.

What Customers Have Said About the BRAVA System

There seem to be customers with all sorts of experiences with the BRAVA system, from those who love their results to others who experienced little to no results and questioned the system's efficacy.

From an Unhappy Customer:

  • "Brava has a real cushy deal going here," says one customer who was unhappy with results. "First they have a so-called clinical trial. All the women had satisfactory growth! Rashing is rare! The product is reported to be comfortable and the woman even wear it in public with a big shirt over it and it isn't noticeable! No skin problems, no lactating, no stretch marks! I wonder about the women who were kicked off the trials or who voluntarily pulled out," she continues. "Do you suppose they were the ones who didn't get growth, lactated, got stretch marks, got rashes, found the product uncomfortable, and laughed at the mere thought of wearing this ridiculous thing in public!..."

From a Happy Customer:

  • One woman, however, reports being thrilled with her BRAVA experience: "...Of course, implants are going to be quicker, easier, but I can tell you as someone who had them, they do NOT feel the same. I had Ds when I had implants, but they really bothered my immune system, so I had them taken out. Technically, I am not a candidate for Brava because of the surgery, but because I had them in such a short time, and wrote a letter releasing my doctor of any liability, I have had the Brava system for 8 weeks. I am a full C, and the breasts feel real and they look better than the balloons implants create. Yes, it's a pain. Yes, it's a major commitment, but I am thrilled. I plan to do five more weeks. I started out a B, and only because of the skin, otherwise, I would have been an A. Will most see these results? Probably not, but I wouldn't trade my Brava for anything!"
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