Nicole Richie Before & After: Plastic Surgery? Expert Answers! (PHOTO)

By: Wes Ferguson / September 28, 2011

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It appears Nicole Richie is looking a little more busty these days. In new shots of the reality star turned fashion designer, her bikini does look rather plentiful.

An insider tells the new issue of Us Weekly (out today) that Richie got breast implants over the summer.

Celebuzz turned to Dr. Gabriel Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery to get his expert opinion. NOTE: Dr. Chiu has never treated Nicole; his assessment is based on analyzing numerous before and after photos.

“Nicole has definitely had a breast augmentation,” Dr. Chiu tells Celebuzz. “In her angled before photos, she is nearly flat-chested in the upper half of her breasts. In the after photos, not only does she have volume in the upper half, but she has a more pleasing rounded shape that is not caused by any support of her bikini top. In the head-on photos, Nicole definitely has a cleavage that is not present in her before photo. The curved shape of her cleavage and her lateral breasts are very natural for a teenage girl with perky breasts, but not for someone who has had a child and didn’t have full breasts to begin with.”

As far as the alleged augmentation, he adds that Nicole made a good choice (we gotta say, girlfriend looks good)!

“I must say that she chose an implant size that compliments her frame well and has a very natural look, which are results that I advocate for all patients,” Dr. Chiu adds. “Any woman who is interested in having fuller or bigger breasts is a candidate for breast augmentation. The key is to choose your size and shape carefully so that the implants complement your figure. Everyone has a range of implant sizes that can work well— and as you go higher in that range, you tend to look longer, leaner, and better balanced; proportionate. When you go too large and pass that range, you will tend to look heavier and appear to be leaning forward, neither of which is attractive! Moral of the story is to choose your plastic surgeon wisely — someone who not only has the skill and experience to give you a very good result, but has the eye to give you the best result.”

What do you think about Nicole’s new look? Sound off in the comments below!