Tablets to grow ta-ta’s! A bra that grows you boobs!
It’s no surprise that pills,creams, and other purportedly “all-natural” breast-enlarging solutions are as widespread as they are. It’s also very tempting to believe that they work, especially when you consider that many women are uncomfortable with the idea of committing to the expense and the surgical aspect of a breast augmentation procedure.
So what should you believe? Read on to learn more about vitamins and vacuum bras to “help”boost your bust. Will they leave you busting out or just busting your bucks?
Unfortunately for the women who are lured into buying pills and potions by the promises of a fix that’s quick, easy, and cheaper than implant surgery, there’s no evidence that any of them work.
That basically means that no clinical trials have been published to substantiate the claims of these herbal products’ manufacturers and there’s no data proving either their efficacy or their safety. Furthermore, even though some of the ingredients used in herbal products do contain estrogenic compounds, there isn’t any evidence to suggest that they are strong enough to increase a woman’s breast size.
Because breast-enhancing vitamins fall into the “dietary supplement” rather than “drug” category, they are not regulated by the FDA. Even though manufacturers have to list all ingredients on the label, the pills are not tested or investigated unless reports are made asserting “serious adverse events” associated with their use. This means that the manufacturers’ accountability is limited and that long-term effects of taking the “vitamins” is not established before they are put on store shelves.
Va-va- vacuum Bra!
This gadget gives a whole new meaning to “pump it up”!
The only non-surgical option that has been proven to have any sort of success in enlarging the breasts is the Brava Breast Enhancing and Shaping System. That’s right, it’s an external vacuum bra.
To use the Brava system, a woman wears semi-rigid domes over her breasts for ten or more hours each day, for a period of ten to fourteen consecutive weeks. A small pump sucks the air out of the domes and creates a vacuum that pulls at the breast tissue. This tension is supposed to cause the cells of the tissue to replicate causing the breasts to grow.
Touted as costing from 1/3 to 1/6 the price of breast augmentation surgery, you would think that the Brava system would be fast replacing implants as the preferred method of enhancing breast size. That doesn’t seem to be the case! Users complain that because the pump emits noise, and, because of the structure of the domes, the bra can’t be worn under clothing during regular daily activities. That means that it has to be worn in the privacy of your home, which makes wearing it for more than ten hours every day extraordinarily inconvenient and impractical.
Also, while the bra can increase size, it does not control shape. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get the exact results you want. Patients have told me that it’s difficult to wear, the domes sometimes irritate the skin, and that they have had an allergic reaction to the material. I have had more than one patient come to me wanting breast implants six months after trying and not liking the Brava system.
From vitamins to vacuum bras, the “cures” to small breasts that are on the market today are riddled with problems and raise too many questions to make them good options for women seeking to increase their bust size. Safe, effective, and practical non-surgical methods of breast enhancement may be somewhere on the horizon, but they don’t exist yet. With that in mind, if enlarging your breasts is something you wish to do, you should seriously consider breast augmentation surgery.
Remember, you get what you pay for, so don’t get stuck in the booby-trap of bogus bust enhancement products!
Usha Rajagopal, MDPlastic Surgeon San Francisco Plastic Surgery & Laser Center www.sfcosmeticsurgery.com
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