No, you’ll probably never be called to testify about the contents of that bikini top. But sometimes, and especially on the beach in the summer, you just can’t help but wonder: are they or aren’t they? Los Angeles plastic surgeon Steven Teitelbaum schools us in spotting fake breasts:
__Borderline:__Unless they’re sitting in one hell of a push-up bra, natural breasts don’t have a defined, 360-degree border around the edges. When looking at the right breast, it should only have a border from about four o’clock to eight o’clock.
__Gap:__Oversize implants can create a wide, bony gap between breasts. “Many surgeons mistakenly put in bigger implants to mask the gap, and it makes it look worse,” Teitelbaum explains.
__Fall line:__When a woman lies on her back, her natural breasts fall slightly to either side. Very large implants, on the other hand, stick up straight.
Side line: When viewed from the side, natural breasts tend to have more volume in their lower half (you can thank gravity for that). Fake breasts often look as full on top as on the bottom.
Pointers: Most nipples point straight ahead or slightly up—but if an implant is too big, it could make the nipples tip downward.
To read more about breasts (both real and fake!), check out our July issue, on stands now.
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