Summary: There’s a new internal bra system that’s slowly breaking into the U.S. cosmetic surgery scene. It’s called the Orbix Breast Support System, and it uses a silicon insert, slipped between the breast tissue and muscle, to provide a stable and long lasting lift. It’s not approved by the FDA yet, and some questions still remain, but it’s a sign of the breast lift’s increasing popularity as a procedure.

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Life in a Bra

Would it make life easier if you could never take off your bra? Or would that feel kind of like a prison? If you’re like most women, you like the support a bra provides, but don’t like the discomfort it can generate after a long day, especially if you have larger breasts. In fact, this is a common reason many women go elect to have a breast lift—to restore their breasts’ perkiness, enabling them to, among other things, go braless more often.

An Internal Bra

A new breast lift product known as the Orbix Breast Supporting System is, essentially, internalizing the bra. In fact, it’s known commonly as the “internal bra.” Now, the internal bra is not a breast implant in the traditional sense—yes, it’s a device that is implanted into the breast, and yes, it’s made of silicon, but that’s where the similarities end.

The internal bra is a silicon sheet that’s inserted between the patient’s skin and breast tissues. It functions in a similar way to the cup of a bra, offering support for the breast, but also providing a kind of boost (think about your breasts in a push up bra—that kind of boost). So, yes, the internal bra is a kind of internal push-up bra. That said, the manufacturers are careful to point out that the system is not designed to replace the need for regular bras.

Biological vs. Synthetic

The developers of the Orbix Breast Support System note that the support offered by their internal bra cannot be matched by any traditional breast lift techniques, at least over the long term. That said, there are plenty of plastic surgeons who will argue biological techniques are just as effective, as they will anchor tissue to the ribs, and the resulting scar tissue itself will then create a support structure.

Not Approved Yet

Orbix hasn’t been approved for use in the United States yet, and there are some concerns about its interaction with breast cancer screenings such as mammograms. According to East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, which performs New Jersey breast lifts, most breast procedures do not interfere with mammograms or lead to an increase in cancer. But more testing may be necessary before the FDA feels confident enough in the Orbix Breast Support System to clear it for commercial use.

The Shape of Things to Come

Don’t be surprised if more systems such as Orbix show up in the near future. Breast lifts are growing in popularity, and medical devices that augment the procedure can be exceptionally useful.

If you talk to your plastic surgeon today, you can find out what technique is right for you, so you can get started on the lift you want.