Significant weight loss, pregnancy or the aging process can all change the shape and profile of breasts. Nursing may cause breasts to droop. Asymmetrical breasts sometimes leave young women feeling insecure about their image and can damage their self-esteem.
There are just as many products on the market that promise to improve the appearance of breasts as there are reasons for wanting an improvement. But do any of the products actually deliver the promised outcome?
Don’t Believe the Hype
From creams and pills to other gimmicks guaranteeing an increase in breast size, it can be difficult to know what to trust. In fact, there is no scientific proof that hormone or homeopathic pills and creams are effective in augmenting breasts. Considered expensive but ineffective, these so-called treatments only increase the figure on your monthly bank statement.
You may have heard of the BRAVA® Breast Enhancement System, a non-invasive treatment in which women wear a specially-devised type of bra for 10 hours a day, 10 consecutive weeks. The commitment to wearing this gadget does pay off, though the claimed effects are inconsistent. Modest growth (up to one cup size) is reported, but after the brassiere comes off and treatment stops, it’s unclear how long the increase in bust lasts.
Breast enlargement using fat transfer has been gaining in popularity. However, the long-term effects of this treatment are as of yet unknown, with concerns that this method could cause unsightly lumps, scarring or tissue death.
Breast augmentation with implants is a proven science that is among the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries. The method has been in practice for 50 years, and plastic surgeons are well-acquainted with both its risks as well as its benefits. Indeed, there are no proven alternatives that come close to achieving the same results.