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Breast Enhancement Pills Could Still be a Health Risk

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 9, 2009

mammorexFor the thousands of women who want to achieve a more attractive silhouette with larger breasts, breast implants are a viable solution. Both silicone and saline implants are among the most sought-after cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States, but even though they are immensely popular, they are not without their risks.

Some companies offer an alternative solution to surgery with skin tightening procedures that help to contour and ‘plump up’ the breast tissues, and breast enhancement pills that promise to enlarge the breasts within a few weeks.  Unfortunately, breast enhancement pills are still considered to be a scam, and are not really an effective alternative to surgery.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued several warnings about the effectiveness of breast augmentation pills, creams and other products that are readily available over the counter. Their official statement reads as follows: “There is no device or system of exercise that will increase the size of the breasts. At best, devices promoted as breast developers merely strengthen and develop the muscles that support the breasts, and exercising these muscles will not appreciably increase breast size.” (Source:

Ultimately, breast enhancement pills have been deemed to be scams and ineffective products that promote false promises. These pills promise to ‘enlarge breasts permanently without surgery’ and are usually made with ingredients such as guggulsterones, theobromine and green tea extract that directly affect the thyroid hormones and supposedly trigger growth of the breasts. These are all herbal products that have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA, and there is limited information available on the safety and effectiveness of these pills in the short-term and long-term. The makers of these products to provide some information about potential risks. People who are taking high blood pressure medication or other herbal products are warned not to take these supplements.

Still, many people continue to purchase these over-the-counter products in hopes of achieving bigger, more attractive-looking breasts without surgery. The FDA and several other medical organizations have warned that these products are just fads and may cause several health problems.


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