Is Brava Breast Enhancement System a Scam?
- Asked by Janet in Seattle, WA
- 4 years ago
I am wondering about this alternative to breast implants called brava. Their web site says that it works by creating tension on the breast to get more breast tissue to grow. They promise larger and fuller breasts without pills or surgery. Also they state it is clinically tested.
Brava can produce positive though limited results
Yes, the Brava system actually does work and for the effort your cup size can be enhance by one half cup, In a slightly fuller breast "before" it may work even better as there is more tissue to recruit and draw upon in the suction process.
The techniques are not new. Suction breast enhancement devices were available by mail order in the 1890's. Devices often are promoted with salves or breast creame which probably only serve to enhance the seal for suction.
For an Asian market they may be an appropriate choice for one with dicipline expecting only a very small increase in cup size, or for anyone else with such goals and expectations.
If the product fits your needs you may wish to try it.
It works to a limited degree
Brava works in a limited way if you want enhancement of about one size. However, the enhancement is not permanent and will need to repeat and wear the bra again to boost the size. It is often used in conjunction with fat injection into the breast subcutaneous areas. It allows for space to form for the fat to be placed there. It is safe, and does work, and is an alternative to breast augmentation but is not permanent. It is a bit cumbersome to wear but if you can try it and it may be right for you. Certainly cheaper than a breast augmentation.
It works, but takes a lot of effort
The Brava system works if you are a good candidate. However, it takes considerable patient effort and time. You have to wear the device for several weeks to months (all day long - including to work or whatever you do during the day). Also, the best results I have seen presented at meetings are when the Brava is combined with fat grafting once the breast is distended with the system. So when you are considering breast surgery, contrast this to a one to two hour surgery to place implants followed by a few days of discomfort. It all depends on how motivated you are and how much time you have to dedicate. I hope this is helpful.
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Brava is a system originally designed for stand alone breast augmentation. As you can see from the comments that it does not work well in this fashion. If combined with fat grafting to the breast - excellent results can be achieved.
With Warm Regards,
Trevor M Born MD
Not a scam, but not a recipe for success either
There are very few patients who will be satisfied with the results of the Brava system, given the amount of effort. I've had quite a few patients that have tried it, but then saw me for breast augmentation - surgically. While in theory, modest results can be obtained with vacuum expansion, don't expect much.
Hope this is helpful.
I haven't seen any clinical successes
The Brava system has been around for several years and the initial enthusiasm about it greatly subsided when the clinical results were so minimal. There was a plastic surgeon in Seattle using the system and I have placed implants in a few of his former Brava patients who were unimpressed that they got anything from the Brava system.
Brava Breast Enhancement Results in Minimal Increase in Breast Size
It’s not unusual for women to look for non surgical methods for breast enhancement. These fall into several categories including drugs, creams, and exercise. None of these methods have been shown to be effective for increasing breast size,
The brava system is another non surgical method for breast enhancement. This technique utilizes a suction apparatus which is applied to the breast over the course of time. Low continuous suction over prolonged periods of time has been shown to result in mild increases in breast size. The vast majority of patients report an increase in breast size of no more than a half cup size.
Maintenance is required to preserve this increase in breast size. The technique is labor intensive and in most cases results in minimal increases in breast size. Based on these observations, I feel that for the majority of patients breast augmentation with implants is still the best alternative. If your considering breast enhancement, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is still the best option.
We tried this in our office a few years ago and were disappointed. Apply that money for an actual breast augmentation. You will be much happier.
Brava: Usually not enough
From the knowledge that I have, it is true that Brava will achieve an increase in breast size.
HOWEVER, for most of the patients that I have seen that have utilized this system, the size increase is inadequate. To be fair, I never see the happy Brava patient.
Apparently, they claim (and I quote from their website): "Women who used the BRAVA System report an increase of 1/2 to 2-cup sizes of lasting growth."
The vast majority of the Brava patients that have gone on to have breast implants experienced unsatisfactory enlargement which was in the 1.2 cup range.
Is this is all you are seeking then it may be good for your purposes.
No bravo for Brava
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