Non-Surgical Breast Augmentation
There are a wide variety of herbal products, medicines, creams or fillers used for non-surgical breast augmentation (breast enlargement). Breast sizes smaller than normal can cause significant psychological problems in women and have a negative impact on their quality of life due to the negative perception of body image that starts in adolescence.
Breast augmentation surgery with silicone implants is one of the top five most common procedures among all plastic surgery procedures and remains the gold standard in breast augmentation.
Another surgical procedure called fat injection, which can be performed for the same purpose in selected cases, has also become more common in recent years. On the other hand, there is always a search for an easy-to-perform, more practical, and less expensive breast augmentation method that does not require surgical intervention, and as a result, does not carry the risk of surgical complications.
When we search the Internet with the keyword “Non-surgical breast augmentation”, we find many articles, photos or videos highlighting some drugs, herbal products, creams, devices and ready-made fillers.
Unfortunately, some malicious people who are irresponsible and aware of women’s search for a non-surgical breast augmentation can market an unmonitored product that has no scientific basis as a breast augmentation product. On the other hand, some doctors promote such products as if they are completely safe and innocent, without mentioning their potential side effects.
Is Non-Surgical Breast Augmentation Possible?
I will discuss some of the allegedly non-surgical breast augmentation methods that are marketed or brought to the agenda, and will also express my own opinion about these.
Plants Used For Breast Augmentation
Many plants that I don’t want to name here are recommended under the heading “plants that increase breast size.” There are plants that are claimed to enlarge the breasts with some substances they contain, particularly estrogen. The estrogen hormone is known to contribute to breast growth during adolescence.
However, plants with high estrogen content have no significant contribution to breast growth when they are used in adulthood. The most important inconvenience of such plants is their potential to disrupt the body’s hormone system and cause serious problems such as menstrual irregularity or even cancer when used with intent to enlarge the breasts.
In cases where girls do not develop secondary sex characteristics as expected during adolescence, the best course of action is to consult an Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Specialist. A variety of congenital or acquired diseases or syndromes can prevent breast development.
First of all, it should be ascertained whether or not there is a disease that prevents breast development. If any hormone imbalance or a genetic disorder is detected, the necessary follow-up and treatment should be performed under the supervision of a physician. Such problems are not too simple to be solved at home with herbal products.
Drugs Used for Non-Surgical Breast Augmentation
Some drugs that change the levels of estrogen and other hormones in the blood are available, but the uncontrolled use of these drugs is extremely inconvenient. If there is a health problem, these drugs can only be helpful when used under the supervision of the relevant specialist physician. In short, there is no magic drug that women of all ages can buy and use to enlarge their breasts non-surgically.
Creams Used for Breast Augmentation
Although some creams are alleged to contribute to breast enlargement when applied to the breast skin, there is no cream with proven effect that can provide noticeable augmentation. Such creams can only tighten the breast skin to some extent.
Massage for Breast Augmentation
Hot and cold applications and some massage techniques are recommended for the purpose of lifting the breast and tightening the breast skin. However, it is not possible to achieve a permanent and significant increase in breast volume with such massage techniques.
Devices or Pumps Used for Breast Augmentation
There are devices claimed to enlarge the breasts by applying vacuum or vibrating intermittently when placed over them like a cap. However, these devices need to be used for 2 to 6 months and cannot create a noticeable and permanent growth effect on the breasts.
Ready-Made Fillers Used for Breast Augmentation
Some ready-made fillers are used to fill deep wrinkles and acne scars on the face, and this intended use has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the same fillers have not been approved for use in breast or buttock augmentation procedures.
Many ready-made fillers, the use of which is illegal in the United States, are used for breast augmentation in our country. The most prominent of these are hyaluronic acid derivatives, which are ready-made fillers with temporary results.
Instead of a few ml of filler applied to the face, very large volumes of filler, such as 100-250 ml, are injected into each breast in order to achieve a noticeable growth in the breasts.
After the injection of these fillers, which are basically foreign bodies, into the breasts, serious and difficult-to-treat complications such as allergic reactions, infections, palpable mass formations, changes in the breast skin, and migration of the filler to undesirable areas may be observed. In my practice, I don’t apply such ready-made fillers to the breasts.
What is Aquafilling?
It is a ready-made filler manufactured by a Czech company under the former brand name Aquafilling and the new brand name LosDeline. On the company’s official website, there is no detailed information about the content of this filler. As far as I have learned from indirect sources, 98% is physiological saline solution (salt water) and 2% is polyamide, but according to the Korean FDA agency, 2% of the same product is polyacrylamide, not polyamide.
This filler, which has recently become a topic of conversation as a non-surgical breast augmentation option, is reported to be able to achieve some increase in breast size that allegedly lasts 5 years on average, when injected beneath the breast skin and into breast tissue.
Is It FDA Approved?
The use of this product for breast or buttock augmentation has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Is Aquafilling Harmful?
In some media sources, this product is promoted as a 100% risk-free filler with no potential for complications. However, as with any synthetic foreign substance, there are various undesirable side effects and complications associated with its use. When we review the medical literature, we find complications associated with the use of Aquafilling.
According to the president of the Korean Society of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, the aforementioned filler is not different from polyacrylamide, which had serious side effects, and that the association is opposed to its use for non-surgical breast augmentation.
It is reported to have the potential for complications such as pain, redness, swelling, infection, and inflammation in the breasts, as well as the potential to cause more serious problems such as breast cancer as a result of long-term immune system stimulation (chronic inflammation).
Patients who have had aquafilling are advised to have their breasts checked once a year with ultrasonography or MRI. You can reach some scientific studies on this subject in the literature by clicking the links below.
My Personal Opinion on Non-Surgical Breast Augmentation
In my opinion, procedures other than silicone implant placement and fat injection are not safe or effective, and their effect is not long-lasting. I believe that uncontrolled use of herbal products or drugs for non-surgical breast augmentation is also risky. In my practice, I don’t perform breast augmentation with Aquafilling.