No matter what the problem, it seems like there is a pill or cream out there to provide a solution. Many websites and holistic markets advertise natural alternatives for everything from weight loss to breast augmentation. As with so many claims, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. In this blog post, Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Weinrach outlines the truth surrounding natural alternatives to breast implants.
Pills and Creams
The most popular products in the natural breast augmentation business are pills and creams. Manufacturers of these products, which are easily found online or at your local drugstore, claim that their products have the ability to enhance the volume of the breast. But neither supplements nor creams are regulated by the pharmaceutical industry, meaning there is no guarantee that the products have undergone the clinical trials or product testing designed to ensure your safety. Using non-regulated products to change your body is a high-risk activity that should be avoided.
How They Work
Almost all herbal breast enlargement supplements claim to firm breasts or increase their size. Even if there is a temporary visible result, it will only be short-term. Breasts will return to their previous appearance when the pill or cream is not in use. Most of these products use one of the following methods to produce their results:
- Employ estrogen derivatives and other hormone-like compounds to increase breast tissue
- Increase the flow of blood to the breasts
- Induce swelling by rubbing chemical irritants onto the breasts
What Are the Dangers?
Substances that have not met the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can be potentially dangerous. Botanical products can interact with your pre-existing medications, causing a multitude of problems, from hypertension to blood clots. Hormone-based pills can render your birth control less effective. Some studies even suggest that certain creams and pills increase the risk of breast cancer. The bottom line is that not enough research has been done on natural alternatives to breast enlargement to consider them a safe choice. Always consult with your doctor before using any over-the-counter pills or creams.
The Safe and Proven Solution for Breast Enhancement
The only safe and long-lasting way to enhance the size of your breasts is through breast augmentation. Silicone gel and saline implants are FDA approved medical devices that have undergone years of clinical tests and trials. When placed by a board certified and experienced plastic surgeon, breast implants can last without any problems for many years.
To learn more about breast augmentation and implants, schedule a consultation with Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Weinrach. Please call (480) 634-6014.