Herbal supplements are a widely utilized, popular approach to natural breast enlargement but there are various other therapies available. Some of these are effective, others less so, and individual responses to the different therapies can vary considerably.
When considering these treatments it is useful to know the theory behind them; how they’re supposed to work and why they are considered appropriate for breast augmentation. It’s wise to learn, as well, what potential risks these therapies might pose to the user.
Bovine Ovary Extract
This is a popular ingredient in a number of breast augmentation supplements. As the name suggests, it is derived from freeze-dried cow ovaries. Users commonly recommend following a high protein diet in conjunction with BOE, or using a protein supplement such as whey protein isolate in measured dosages.
Bovine supplements are claimed to be natural compounds similar to those normally consumed in cheese, milk and beef. The difference lies in the fact that they are thought to stimulate the anterior pituitary gland to produce growth hormone, prolactin and the FSH and LH hormones regulating estrogen and progesterone production.
In puberty, the body begins to secrete growth hormones which stimulate development of adult characteristics in the entire body, including breast development.
At the same time, estrogen release from the ovaries causes fat accumulation in the connective tissues, enlarging the breasts.
Prolactin is responsible for the final stage in breast development, enabling the breasts to produce milk. After puberty, prolactin is active in the body only during pregnancy, when a degree of breast enlargement normally takes place, reinforcing the rationale for its inclusion in supplements.
This is a delicately balanced cocktail of hormones that the body naturally regulates for development and maintenance. To date, there are no conclusive studies indicating that any of these ingredients are safe when used as adult supplements. Targeting breast enlargement and ignoring other possible consequences may have unforeseen effects in the long term.
Growth hormone is most active in childhood and puberty; excessive levels in adults may result in diabetes, abnormal bone or organ growth, high blood pressure and hardened arteries. Too much estrogen is considered to be a risk factor in the development of breast cancer. Cellulite, while less serious, can be traumatic enough and is also thought to be an estrogen issue. Excess prolactin can be responsible for infertility, irregular menstruation and reduced libido, with a possible link to stroke risk.
Body Fat Injections
Fat grafting or lipostructure is another technique that may be used for breast enhancement under the supervision of a qualified plastic surgeon. Fat transfer has the advantage of using a biocompatible substance from your own body to sculpt the desired shape and size. Incisions are minimal, reducing potential scarring.
The procedure is accomplished by harvesting fat cells from a donor site (typically abdomen and thighs) using liposuction techniques. The cells undergo a purification process and are then injected at the target site.
Up to 60% of the harvested cells may die before being assimilated; for this reason doctors will overfill the transfer site and more than one session may be required to achieve the desired results.
Swelling and bruising should subside in a few days; full recovery is generally estimated to be around 3 weeks. Improvement can be noted after the procedure but full results may require several months.
Risks from the procedure include redness, subdermal bumps, cysts, infection, abscess, bleeding, scarring or asymmetry if two or more areas are injected.
While less invasive than an implant procedure, fat transfer is nonetheless an expensive option, with fees for the surgeon, anesthesia and the facility to be considered.
Pumps & Suction Devices
There are a variety of devices on the market which claim to increase breast size through the application of vacuum pressure to the breasts over an extended period of time. This is accomplished by creating a vacuum within the two domes worn over the breasts, thus encouraging tissue expansion. In theory, the suction effect stimulates collagen and elastin production, draws fluid and fat into the breast area, and/or causes cells to expand and replicate, depending which product/manufacturer you’re considering.
The concept’s been around for a long time, and options range from reasonably priced manually operated devices to extravagant computer-controlled ones, but there still doesn’t seem to be a general consensus on their effectiveness.
Meanwhile, drawbacks range from back pain to rashes, blisters, scarring and stretch marks, breast ptosis (sagging/stretching), discolouration, areolar herniation and vascular or glandular damage. The extended time frame required is also a disadvantage; wearing the device 10 hours a day for 10 weeks, as recommended by one popular manufacturer, would be considered inconvenient, at the least, by many users.
Galvanic stimulation is said to increase collagen production in breast tissues and to increase cellular production and tissue elasticity. Documented results are elusive but seem to indicate only mild to moderate effects, while the procedure can be uncomfortable, even painful for sensitive patients. Anyone with a cardiac condition or high blood pressure could be at risk when undergoing this treatment.
This is not a dramatic “quick fix” but rather a cheap, entirely safe and enjoyable therapy that can yield visible results over the long term if practiced regularly. Alone or used in combination with a breast enhancing cream or lubricant, massage will stimulate growth and promote healthy lymphatic drainage for an improved appearance. The techniques are simple and instructions are easily available; the internet is one source of information.
Not to be confused with gummy bear breast implants (yes really), there are a number of chewing gum brands now on the market that claim to enlarge your breasts. The directions indicate that by chewing 2 to 6 pieces a day, visible results can be obtained in as little as 30 days.
Ingredients vary but are similar to those found in herbal breast enhancement pills: pueraria mirifica which is a primary ingredient in Triactol , fenugreek, fennel, saw palmetto, blessed thistle, yam and other herbs with a reputation for effecting breast enlargement.
It’s difficult to weed the promotional reviews from the unbiased reports, but the presence of assorted fillers, sorbitol and malitol syrup isn’t a selling feature. The cautions that apply to the use of any herbal preparation should be applied here as well.