Choosing bras is really important when it comes to using breast enhancers.
For them to work well, and give you the support and push-up that you want, we need a supportive well fitting bra. To start with, make sure the bra you wear is the correct size, especially around the band. You can see my everso helpful guide here.
For the shape of the bra, this really depends on the look you are going for and the shape of your breasts. There are all sorts, full cup, balconette, plunge, halterneck, bandeau etc. The main things to look for are:
If you are wanting to go for a rounded cleavage look, and will be going for an enhancer that will sit below your breast and push you up, be careful with buying a very low-cut bra at the front. We don't want your pushed up assets breaking free!
If you are wearing a very padded bra, it can be hard to get an enhancer to sit well, so less or no padding is better. The enhancer can do the job of the padding, and can move itself in the cup to ensure it is sitting well with the shape of your breasts for maximum effect.
Full cup bras offer the most support as they have the bigger cup.
They can however show for some lower cut dresses and tops. Try them out with your lowest cut tops before you commit.
If your bra is a very thin fabric, you will be best with one of my softer styles. Bumps between the enhancer your breast can show with the firmer styles, as they push you to the heavens, which does not show with normal bras.
I hope these little tips help when you are choosing bras to try with your enhancers and vice-versa.
With summer fast approaching and more and more of you emailing me about it, I thought it might be really useful to write a little about bikinis. I am going to detail what works best with and without enhancers and the style of bikini that are best to look out for.
The Bikini Problem
The main issue with bikinis is that their cut and fabric is designed to be light, and therefore isn't supportive. There are styles that tie around the body, styles with thin straps to hold the bikini to your skin rather than to support your breasts, and styles with very small triangular cups. The problem with these is the complete lack of support. If you think about bras, the best results you will get are those that are structured. They hold you in the right place and way, and allow your breasts to be held up, to be pushed up, to be held together and where you want them. With bikinis, we go the other way by buying ones with little structure. We can't fight gravity, so the result is that your breasts will sit lower, move around more, will not have any rounded or cleavage look at the top, will appear flatter, will appear smaller. If any of those affect your confidence it's not good, but add the most important one that your breasts are not supported and therefore put strain on your back and neck, and it's time to rethink.
The Better Option
The good news is the same kinds of bikinis work well with breast enhancers and without.
The secret really isn't a secret at all as we all know it...it is....
If you get structure in your bikini top you will be supporting your breasts to keep your back healthy, keep them healthy and keep them where you want them to be and how you want them to look. If you choose to wear breast enhancers, you will also then give them something to push against to push you up or in, and ensure that they are well held in.
What To Look For
When choosing your next bikini, go for as bra a structure as you can. This doesn't have to be boring as there are fabulous ones out there. They will look great and keep you and a breast enhancer well supported Go for styles like the ones here and you will find you get much better results.
Don't forget all of my styles are safe to wear in bikinis and if you need any help, just get in touch.
As some of you may know I was in a documentary back in 2012. It followed the PIP scandal, where it had been found that non-medical silicone had been used for internal breast surgery.
I had no idea at the time of filming that it would be on a primetime BBC3 show, or that people would still remember me from it!
I've managed to at last get a copy of it and I've popped it onto You Tube. Hopefully they won't mind now that BBC is no longer a channel apart from online. My shop had a rebrand after the documentary (it used to be called Silicone Sally, and you can see my section at around 48 minutes 50 into the documentary. I would never actively argue against breast surgery and believe in choice for all women, but regardless you may find it an interesting thing to watch.
If you need any help or advice about anything raised in the show you can email me at any time.
I've been working with them for 7 years now, and after having a chat with a friend I've realised just how daunting they can be. I forget sometimes how overwheming it can be as I know what styles work best for each woman, what size would be best, what result you might get, what the positives and negatives of a style might be by just looking at it for a second. I forget that it is hard for you the buyer to be able to work out if it will be right for you and it can be hard for you to see how my styles compare to those available in stores.
So, I thought I would do a little blog focusing on a style that one of the High Street stores sell. Every store I visited always offered two styles, and they were always the same shape - a small one and a medium one, but there were small differences and I will look at those. Hopefully that will help you see the differences between their products and mine.
This week I shall look at the two styles that Ann Summers sell - The Cleavage Creators and Glitter Push Up Pads.
The Cleavage Boosters
Simply packaged in a plastic zipper, I found these in the middle of the store. They are quite wide and would not suit AA or A, and some with B cups and those with small band sizes of around 30-34" and just came in a translucent colour.
They are most like my style 6 mixed with my older style 5. I'd say they are a good push up cleavage boosting shape, but only work for those with larger cup sizes and a wide enough body frame to be able to take them.
Price £20 plus delivery in 5 days,total £22.50, 1st Class total £23.50. Free delivery to store in 3 working days.
Weight 210g approx
Similar to my Jo Thornton Style 6 and 5 priced at £12.50 and £13.50 with Second Class delivery included. First Class £0.50 extra.
Not suitable for narrow body frames or small cup sizes as they are very wide.
Glitter Push Up Pads
These are a new addition since I last popped into Ann Summers. They are a small style and felt like a very tough outer cover with a more liquid feel gel. They did not feel like a traditional silicone which stays together just as breast tissue does. This has its pros and cons as a more liquid gel does flow nicely and can mould well to the breast, but as it is so soft it does not give so much push or enhancement. The gel just moulds against you and the bra, rather than giving something a little firmer for the breast to push against which is what it needs if you want it to be lifted. The cover was also quite thick giving a thick edge seam, which may aggravate the skin if worn for a long time. They are a lovely colour - I like a breast enhancer that looks a little different and these certainly were like no other I saw in the shops. They are of course like my style 6 glitter style.
Style-wise, they are most like my style 1 and probably around the same size of about 100g.
Price £10 plus delivery in 5 days,total £12.50, 1st Class total £13.50. Free delivery to store in 3 working days.
Weight around 100g
Similar to my style 1 priced at £10.50 including 2nd class 3-5 day delivery. Including First Class Delivery £11.
Slightly different to my silicone ones - more of a runny gel inside.
Suitable for the smaller cup sizes that their Cleavage Boosters don't cater for, so a good second pair for them.
I would of course like you to buy from me, your little specialist, rather than the commercialised store, but that's not to say that shouldn't. Their products suit some buyers and are handy if you need some to wear in 2 hours time, but if you are reading this you are well aware that it isn't your only choice. There is a lot more out there than the two styles the High Street sell, there is choice, personal service and knowledge (and my great wit!). Ann Summers stocks two good main styles there, but they will only give around a cup size boost for those sizes that they suit. If you need more of a boost or would rather boost yourself out rather than just lift your breasts up with a greater cleavage look, then see my range to see what else is out there.
From today I shall be trialing the Collect+ UK delivery service on my website. I've used it a few times now for customers and it adds a valuable option for delivery, so I've decided to add it as standard to see how we all get on.
It's a simple idea...I drop your parcel off at my local store and they deliver it in 2 working days to your local store (sorry only available in the UK). You then pop in to collect it at a time suitable to you, easy!
I've added it to the site mainly for customers with larger parcels such as the larger breast enhancers/chicken fillets and all the breast forms/false breasts as they will benefit the most, but it is available to all at the checkout. When getting a larger parcel delivered it can be a nightmare if you are out at the time as you will get the dreaded "We Tried To Deliver" red card; that is of course if you get to see it as so many are scooped up with all the junk mail also left these days. I know going to collect parcels can be very difficult for many of you, especially with my sorting offices being out-of-town or requiring parking charges. With this option you won't need to deal with Royal Mail, but instead just pop along to your local store which may be walkable and usually has easy free parking to collect it. What's more they are usually open from very early to very late.
It seems a very useful service and addition to my postage options, so it's on now for you all to use. You can check your local stores before ordering, or I've provided the link in the order email if you'd like to choose one and then let me know. If doing this, just do this as soon as you can as I can be too efficient with my dispatching some days. If I don't hear from you I shall select your nearest store and let you know that it's on the way there
FItting breast forms can be a little confusing for new wearers - here are some tips:
With breast forms the most important thing is the bra. Every company has a different size and shape and it varies so much between styles.
Low cut balconette bras will always struggle as they just do not have the coverage at the front to support the forms so try to avoid those if you can. They aren't as sexy to some, but the more support you can get at the front the better the breast forms will be held in.
You also really need to make sure you are wearing the right size bra. If you look side on, the curve of the cup and underwire should follow the forms perfectly at the side under your arm. They should be pulled tightly against you by the bra and should not pull away from you at the front between the cups. The band around you should be very tight and feel too tight. It takes time to get used to it, but you should only just be able to get two fingers in there between your bra and your skin (this goes for women as well, and it what most women do wrong). Then follow the cup up and it should hug the forms, with no gape anywhere, or very little at least. The straps should then be pulled tightly on the shoulder to take the control at the top of the bra. They should also be nice and tight so it all feels secure.
The absolute ideal is to take them bra shopping so that you can ensure that the bra fits well in a changing room, but that's the bit that's often hard for TVs. If you can though, then go for it. If not order a few bras, maybe from different companies and then send back ones that don't fit. I buy my bras from La Senza and I find that some styles fit me a lot more than others, so it really is worth trying to make sure you get the right fit. If you ensure you get the right fit, the breast forms/false breasts will feel snug, hugged and part of you.
The most comprehensive UK sex survey "The Sex Census" has just been published by the joint partners of Relate and Ann Summers.
This survey offers a "unique and detailed insight in to the sex lives of the nation" As Paula Hall, sex therapist with Relate states, " It is important to remember that our sex lives do not exisit within a void. They're impacted by how we feel about ourselves, our partners and families, our day-to-day lives and the messages we receive from the media and society." The survey provides facinating reading into how body image can directly affect our sex lives and relationships.
Our goal at Silicone Sally is to help you with your confidence, so that you can build your self-esteem and flourish in all areas of your life. We can help with small/medium of large breast enhancers for everyday wear, party breast enhancers, enhancers and breast form prostheses in all sizes and shapes for mastectomy, lumpectomy and quadrectomy use and full breast forms that can also be used for role play within the bedroom. Our products can help boost your confidence and how you view yourself quickly and easily.
Feel free to contact me whatever your needs and I will be happy to help.
Breast Form Prostheses and Breast Enhancers for Mastectomy and Lumpectomy Use
Being told you have cancer is one of the worst things that can happen. Finding out you need to sacrifice one or both of your breasts in order to save your life can be, for many women, extremely difficult to hear. How we look to ourselves and to others is a fundamental part of who we are, and to suddenly face losing part of 'us' can be a horrible prospect. We are here to help and can guide you through the process.
Breast Enhancers for Lumpectomy Use
If you have had a lumpectomy it can alter the appearance of your breast, making it sag more or just give the appearance of being 'less' than the other breast. In this instance we have a wide range of breast enhancers that can help fill out where the tissue has been taken, helping to give a more uniform appearance. We can't guarantee a perfect fit, but we've grown our range to be the biggest in the UK so that we can offer more choice and options. Send us an email to talk through your needs.
Breast Form Prosthesis - For Mastectomy Use Without Reconstruction
After a mastectomy, the first decision that is often made is whether or not to have reconstructive surgery. If you decide not to, then you will probably require a prosthetic breast, worn in the bra. Many women have turned to online sellers of mastectomy breast forms in search of a cheaper option than those prosthetic breasts available through hospitals. Browse our range or just tell us what size bra you wear, and we will endeavor to find you the best fit. Our new premium breast forms are light, comfortable, durable and comparable to the big brands such as Amoena. Most importantly, they look natural and hopefully will allow you to learn to love your new shape in your own time. For those on a budget we also have our great value normal silicone breast forms in 5 different shapes. Photographs of all the breast form prosthesis styles are in our shop, along with a size guide and helpful advice.
Breast Form Prosthesis and Breast Enhancer Options - For Mastectomy Use With Reconstruction
Even women who decide to have reconstructive mastectomy surgery may want to wait a while before taking such a big step. They may need time to heal after the initial major surgery, and may need to adjust to a big shock such as cancer before having more radical surgery. A silicone prosthetic breast is ideal for this transition period. It gives a great natural look, is extremely comfortable, and can help women get used to their post-mastectomy body. In addition, some women may require tissue expansion before they have breast reconstruction. This is a process where an inflatable breast implant is placed in a pocket under the skin and muscle of the chest. Over time, fluid is gradually introduced into the tissue expander to increase the amount of skin around the area that will eventually hold the implant after the reconstructive surgery. Even in this scenario, we can help thanks to our comprehensive range of breast enhancers. After the initial surgery, you may wish to use a larger style in your bra, and as the expander is increased in size you can reduce the size of the breast enhancer you use.
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