Summary: For women, there are many urban legends surrounding the topic of increasing your breast size. These examples can be seen in old movies, TV shows, and everywhere in between – but what is the shortest distance between you and a bigger bust size? This article explores this topic. plastic surgeons from Honolulu


“I must, I must, I must increase my bust!” This familiar mantra will bring a lot of us back to our pre-teen days, reading Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaretwith a flashlight under the covers. Who among us isn’t guilty of mimicking the same exercise that Margaret and her best friend repeated for days on end, hoping for their breasts to magically grow overnight? I know I tried it. Unfortunately, it never worked.

Impatiently waiting for the appearance of breasts – the first visible signs of womanhood – is a pretty universal theme. Looking back at the juvenile ideas we had about making our boobs bigger is pretty hilarious. If we didn’t learn any good “tricks” from paperback novels or our friends, we could always turn to our favorite TV shows to teach us a thing or two.

The Secret to Cleavage: Cheese Puffs?

Every Punky Brewster fan will remember the episode when Punky announces “Henry, I’m getting boobs!” She and her gang had some misconceptions about what made your chest grow, and one of their solutions was cheese puffs. Their reasoning? “They’re filled with air!” When corrected by Cherie’s grandmother, who told them their breast sizes were determined by their genes, they all quickly shifted their gazes down to their pants. Cue laugh track. As an adult, I’m woefully aware of which genes Grandma was referring to, and I know I didn’t inherit the kinds that give you big breasts.

Fake It ‘til You Make It

Tina “Teeny” Tercell, played by Thora Birch, was the starry-eyed, glamorous pre-teen from Now And Then, a classic coming-of-age film that reflects on the growing pains of puberty: learning about yourself, your friends, and most importantly, boys. Teeny, the youngest of the group, was obsessed with her bra size, so she experimented with different materials to fill up her cup. During a game of “Truth or Dare”, she admits to stuffing her bra with balloons filled with pudding. “Jello is too jiggly,” she says. “Pudding has a heavier, more realistic texture.”

I think that Teeny was wise beyond her years with that idea. The pudding-balloon – while potentially more messy – is not all that different from the soft, squishy silicone breast implants they make today, except that the implants are made to last. While I never considered a balloon full of pudding, I have considered breast implants. According to the website of Dr. Shim Ching, who specializes in breast augmentation at his Honolulu practice, unlike a balloon, today’s breast implants are extremely strong and almost never rupture.

They have been put through rigorous testing that exceeds anything that most people would ever experience in real life.

Older and Wiser

Now that I’m an adult, I’m still waiting for my breasts to grow, and still occasionally tempted to try a quick-fix. The media has replaced cheese puffs and pudding with miracle supplements, creams, and devices that promise to grow a woman’s breasts by one or more cup sizes. But I’m through with gimmicks.

For those of us who want to create a bigger cup size the grown-up way, there are board-certified plastic surgeons who offer safe, proven solutions. There are so many different shapes, sizes, and styles of breast implants out there today, I can have the boobs I’ve always coveted, and be back to work in a week. I’m going to start scheduling consultations for breast augmentation, just like hundreds of thousands of women in the U.S. do every year. Because whether you’re 13 or 30, breasts are a big part of feeling like a woman.