Breast Enhancement

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Each culture has its own idea of what is erotic and beautiful. In India, a woman always covers her shoulders, because they are her most private and erogenous feature. In Senegal, a woman's legs are her most erotic feature. In the United States and other western countries, however, there can be no doubt that a woman's breasts are her most prized physical asset. One need only to turn on a television, go to the movies or flip open a magazine for proof that cleavage and breasts reign supreme in America.

Unfortunately, a majority of American women are dissatisfied with the size and shape of their breasts. This can be extremely frustrating, particularly because the shape of the breasts can be difficult to alter. If a woman is unhappy with her legs, she can exercise and change her diet. If she is unhappy with her breasts however, she may feel that her options for changing them are out of her control.

Breast Enhancement through Surgery

When people think of breast enhancement today, they think of surgery. In the 1950s, they may have thought of exercise or push-up bras. In centuries past, they may have thought of herbs like fenugreek and hops flower when thinking of breast enhancement. Today, most women think of implants.

The most common implants these days, of course, are filled with saline. Years ago, implants were usually filled with silicone. Silicone is now considered by most doctors and patients to be too dangerous to use. If a saline implant bursts or leaks, the salt water will be absorbed into the body without great harm.

Implants can be inserted one of four different ways. They can be inserted through incisions in the creases underneath the breasts. They can be inserted through the skin in an incision made around the nipple. The third option is for the surgeon to make an incision near the armpits, and insert the implants through that area. The fourth, newest and most expensive option is endoscopic surgery, in which an endoscope, or tiny camera, enables the doctor to insert the implants through a tiny incision in the woman's belly button. That a woman's breast implants can now be inserted through her navel is amazing, but true.

Alternatives to Breast Enlargement Surgery

Despite the prevalence of surgery as a means for breast enlargement, there is no denying that the results are often flawed. Not only do implants frequently leak, necessitating a second surgery, but they often just don't look very good. Capsular contracture frequently sets in, squeezing the implant and resulting in a hard, fake-looking breast.

More and more women are discovering what their ancestors knew hundreds and even thousands of years ago: herbs can be used to improve breast health, density and size. Today's breast enhancement pills use sound science, along with some ancient ingredients, to help enlarge women's breasts naturally, without side effects. They are significantly less expensive than surgery, as well, which is an added bonus.

These pills are usually made of non-hormonal plant estrogen, or phytoestrogen. The phytoestrogen activates the prostaglandins in the woman's breasts. Prostaglandins, first discovered in the 1930s by Swedish scientist Ulf von Euler, regulate and communicate with glands. The phytoestrogens encourage breast gland growth similar to the growth which naturally occurs during puberty.


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