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Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, and women commonly search for ways to achieve what they feel is optimal for them. This might include simply lifting the breasts for better shape, but it can also be accompanied by either increasing or decreasing their size. The breasts are mainly composed of adipose (fat) tissue and glandular tissue that determine the size and shape of the breasts. Since a significant percentage of breast volume is fat, weight gain or loss may contribute to changes in breast size and shape much like nursing a baby increases breast size due to the increase in size of the glandular tissue (breast parenchyma).

The chest muscles beneath the breasts and the connective tissue within the breasts support their weight but do not contribute to their size. Therefore, working out does not directly affect the breast tissue, but exercising and strengthening the surrounding muscles can enhance the appearance of the chest. The back, shoulder, and chest muscles may affect the projection of the breasts slightly, so doing the following exercises to target these muscles may be of some help.

Push Ups

Push ups work a range of muscles, but this exercise mainly strengthens the chest. Increasing the size of the pectoral muscles beneath the breasts also increases blood flow, which branches directly from the muscle to the bosom. That is one reason why keeping the pectoralis muscle attached to the breast while enhancing or augmenting the breasts is usually best, especially if a breast lift (mastopexy) is potentially in your future.

Palm Presses

A smiling girl seated in a field with her palms together in front of her chestSit or stand in a comfortable position, and place your palms together in front of your chest. Keeping your arms horizontal and your elbows bent at about 90 degrees, press your palms together as hard as you can for 15 seconds and then rest. Repeat this simple exercise 10 times a day to strengthen the pectoral muscles. Adduction is the term used to describe bringing the arms inward toward the body and occurs with flexion of the pectoralis major and minor as well as the latissimus dorsi muscles. The Incredible Hulk does this maneuver best, causing his chest muscles to pop out.

Chest Flies

A woman laying on a medicine ball with weights in her hands on a white backgroundLie on your back on an elevated bench or medicine ball with a 5-pound weight in each hand. Reach your arms straight out to the sides so they are aligned with your shoulders, and then slowly lift them together in front of your chest. Return to the starting position and repeat 9 more times to complete one set. Do 3 sets, resting for 30 seconds between each. Again, this is adduction of the arms caused by flexion of the chest muscles that originate from the ribs, sternum, and clavicle. The muscle ends in a tendon that attaches to the humerus (upper arm bone).

Seated Shoulder Lifts

Sit in a straight-back chair and hold a 5-pound weight in eView from behind of a man's left arm holding a weight straight out on a white backgroundach hand. Keep your back straight and let your arms hang down by your sides. Lift your arms outwards until they are horizontal to the ground and in line with your shoulders, and hold this position for 5 seconds. Release your arms down and repeat 9 more times to complete one set. Do 3 sets, resting for 30 seconds between each. This gives shoulder definition and balances the chest. Performing exercises to strengthen the pectoral muscles without strengthening the shoulder muscles could result in an unbalanced appearance.

Breast Augmentation

These exercises can be repeated on a daily basis to build the muscles around the breasts. As the muscle tone improves, the breasts may appear larger and more uplifted. However, these workouts can only provide subtle enhancement to the breasts. If you desire to effectively and permanently increase your breast size, Dr. Hiatt offers breast augmentation surgery to provide natural-looking and long-lasting results.


Dr. Hiatt is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which ensures that he was the training and experience to provide a safe and effective procedure. He is also a member of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). To schedule your consultation with Dr. Hiatt, please call (480) 844-1410 or fill out our online consultation form. We look forward to helping you achieve the breast appearance you desire!