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    No.400: 9 Boob Types You Might Have

    What type of breast is most attractive, and what is the normal breast shape?

    First and foremost, there is no such thing as a “normal” breast. Boobs vary in size, shape, color, texture, and everything in-between. Here’s a friendly reminder that your body is beautiful and is totally unique to you, and it’s a total misconception that some types of breasts are better than others! Now, moving on.

    We come in all different shapes and sizes — breasts included. We should celebrate breast diversity, whether or not you identify as a woman. But if you are curious about your breast type for bra buying purposes, we are here for you. 

    With all of that being said, breast types are like horoscopes. In the same way that we love to indulge in a sassy astrology reading from time to time, we also know that we’re all our own individual, and there’s no such thing as “one ‘sign’ fits all.” It’s good to know your breast type, but take it with a grain of salt! We’re all human. Your breast type, as well as your astrological sign, is just another fun fact about you! You truly are one-of-a-kind no matter what your breast shape. 

    Keep reading to discover the 9 boob types you might have or might not! 

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    How many types of breast are there?

    There are nine main breast types. They are:

    1. Round
    2. Slender
    3. Relaxed
    4. Athletic
    5. Teardrop
    6. Bell Shaped
    7. Asymmetric
    8. East-West
    9. Side Set

    However, for some people, our breast type is determined by factors other than genetics, body fat, and hormones — like breast cancer. Breast cancer surgery methods differ in the amount of breast tissue taken, so sometimes we are left with one boob or no breasts at all. If you are one of these people, keep reading, as we've included you in this round-up! 

    Round

    Roundbreasts are pretty self-explanatory — they’re symmetrical and circular! They are full on both the top and bottom and typically have lots of cleavage. Round is usually the breast shape you can identify with if you have undergone a breast implant reconstruction, a breast augmentation, or other breast surgery.

    illustration of round boobs

    Slender

    Slender breasts usually are thinner, and the nipples tend to point downward! 

    illustration of slender boobs

    Relaxed

    Relaxed breasts tend to have an elongated shape with nipples that point downward. They tend to sit lower than other breast types. 

    illustration of relaxed boobs

    Athletic

    You don’t need to be an athlete to have an athletic breast type!  Athletic breasts usually have less breast tissue and are further apart. AnaOno’s  Paige Sexy and Sporty Bra has a wrap front that is amazingly flattering on athletic breasts!   

    illustration of athletic type boobs

    Tear Drop

    Tear Drop breasts look precisely as their name suggests — like a teardrop. They are pretty thin towards the top and slope out at the bottom and resemble a teardrop shape. Some women may identify with this breast shape after a Goldilocks mastectomy breast procedure, depending on your outcome.

    illustration of teardrop shaped breasts


    Bell Shaped

    Bell Shapedbreasts are thinner on top and have more volume at the bottom of the breasts. These breasts types normally need bras that offer more support to carry their weight, like our  Niya Pullover Bra for Natural Breasts, as they usually are large. This bra is great for lounging and light workouts! 

    illustration of bell shaped breasts

    Asymmetric

    Asymmetric breasts are ones where one breast is larger or smaller than the other. Bras with removable pads, such as our  Susan Support Lace Bra, would be perfect for asymmetric breasts! If you have undergone a unilateral mastectomy, partial mastectomy, or lumpectomy, you may have unbalanced breasts, as well. AnaOno’s pocketed bras allow for the use of balance forms, pads, and removable inserts to build symmetry if that is what you desire! Check out our mastectomy bras and lumpectomy bras

    illustration of asymmetric breasts

    East-West

    East-West breasts are those that splay out — the nipples point outward. These breasts tend to be rounder and voluminous towards the side. If you are looking to lift your East-West breast more towards the middle, we suggest our  Monica Soft Lounge Bra

    illustration of east-west breasts

    Side Set

    Side Set breasts are similar to East-West, only the nipples tend to be more forward-facing. You’ll likely have a fantastic side boob with less cleavage, as there is a vast space between breasts. If you are looking for a comfortable and sexy bra, our  Gloria Soft and Sexy Lace Bra is a great option if you have side set breasts. 

    illustration of side set breasts

    Breast reconstruction after mastectomy 

    Many women decide to have breast reconstruction after a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Still, just as there are different breast types, there are other breast reconstruction options dependent on your surgery, plastic surgeon, and so on. The different types of breast reconstruction following a mastectomy or lumpectomy are:

    • Oncoplastic surgery: Oncoplastic surgery is ideal for women who have had a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy and don’t need breast reconstruction. 
    • Implants: Women choose from different implants, including saline, silicone gel, cohesive gel implants, and form-stable implants. The type of implant you select should be a decision made with you and your doctor! 
    • Flap procedures: Flap procedures are breast reconstruction using your tissues, also known as autologous tissue reconstruction. This procedure takes parts of your body to rebuild lost breast shape. 
    • Aesthetic flat closure: Aesthetic flat closure is an essential option for those that do not desire breasts following mastectomy surgery. This will give your chest a smooth appearance under clothing. Be sure that your plastic surgeon is experienced with this procedure.
    • Explant: You can request explant surgery following both reconstruction and augmentation procedures. Implants can lead to BII (Breast Implant Illness) or, in some cases, infections that require implants to be removed for a portion of time or permanently. You may find yourself flat or with deflated breast tissue.

    No matter what type of reconstruction you have, we have the bra for you at AnaOno. Check out our  entire bra collection.

    After reading this article, which breast type do you have? Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you! 

     

    All illustrations created by Natalia Skeba of The SoulShine Co. 

    Dana Donofree

    Dana Donofree

    Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.