Can Flat-Chested Women Benefit from Hormone Therapy to Enlarge Breasts Like M->F Do?

Can flat-chested women benefit from hormone therapy to enlarge breasts like M->F do?

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Hormones to enlarge breasts

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I do not suggest relying hormones to enlarge your breasts.  Hormonal replacement therapy is for women, who after being tested, are replacing low levels of hormones.  If your levels are normal, taking extra hormones may do nothing for your breasts and could lead to other complications.  Usually small breasts are related to genetics. I would suggest seeing a board certified plastic surgeon and discussing what would look best for you.


San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Hormonal Therapy and Breast Enlargement

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         Hormonal therapy is typically not utilized unless patients are suffering from a hormone deficiency. In most cases of breast hypoplasia, patients have normal hormone levels and their breast hypoplasia is modulated by genetics.

         These hormones also have the potential to cause complications. Estrogen is associated with an increased incidence of blood clot formation. It’s also associated with an increased incidence of breast and uterine cancer.

         In the majority of patients with breast hypoplasia, breast augmentation is still the treatment of choice. If you’re considering treatment, of this condition, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon would be appropriate. 

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Can Flat-Chested Women Benefit from Hormone Therapy to Enlarge Breasts Like M->F Do?

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There is no safe/effective medication, cream, herbs, or nonsurgical  method to significantly increase breast size. Be careful about believing heavily marketed “miracles" that you will undoubtedly read/hear about.   Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Can estrogen make breasts grow

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That's a great question and seems to make sense, intellectually.  However, if it were safe and easy to increase breast volume with hormone therapy, it would be common.  The reality is that taking hormones that your body does not otherwise need has many side effects, some known and some unknown. Hormones affect your whole system - mood, reproductive system, fat tissue, cancer risk, blood clotting factors, etc.... not just your breasts.   

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Hormones and Breast Enhancement

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Most women produce the correct amount of estrogen; that is to say, their small breast size is not due to a lack of estrogen.  Women with larger breasts do not have more estrogen than their smaller breasted counterparts either.  How breast tissue responds to the stimulus of estrogen varies greatly and adding more estrogen to the mix will not make breasts grow larger.  Therefore, if you are producing the correct levels of estrogen, then taking more will not increase your breast size.  Why males respond to estrogen supplementation is because males have very low amounts of estrogen normally and the extra estrogen then can stimulate breast development.  Taking extra estrogen also can  also have significant dangerous side-effects including increased blood clots and increased risk of developing breast cancer.  

Herluf G. Lund, Jr, MD
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Estrogen for breast enlargement?

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Hormones given in doses wel beyond the normal can have unintended bad consequences. High doses of estrogen have been linked to thromboembolim (excess clotting of the blood), breast cancer and uterine cancer. There are safe methods of breast enlargement but hormones are not a healthy choice for this goal.

Mary Lee Peters, MD
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Hormones to grow breasts

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Unfortunately taking large amounts of hormones has many negative side-effects.  It is much safer and more predictable to have breast implants than it is to take hormone.  Even though it sounds more 'natural' ... it is not.  I would strongly advise against taking this route to get larger breasts.

 

Sincerely,

 

Martin Jugenburg, MD

Martin Jugenburg, MD
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Breast size and hormones

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Unfortunately, genetics play an important factor in breast development.  It sounds like if you want a change you owuld probably need implants.

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Hormone treatment for breast enlargement risky

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Hormones such as estrogen have multiple effects which may include increasing the risk of breast cancer. In most cases breast size is determined by genetics and not hormone deficiency.

Richard Baxter, MD
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Estrogen hormones and breast size

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It would be nice to take a pill and grow breasts if you want them. Unfortunately that only works if your body does not make estrogen. Unfortunately if you already make estrogen and just add more your breasts will not grow but your risk of breast cancer will likely increase. Also in the male to female transsexual population the addition of estrogen does not give them enough breast tissue. Most of these patients get breast implants at some point as well.

I hope you realize that this format of posting questions and receiving answers lacks the face to face direct communication required for you to make an informed decision regarding your surgery.

My response to your question/post does not represent formal medical advice or constitute a doctor patient relationship. You need to consult with i.e. personally see a board certified plastic surgeon in order to receive a formal evaluation and develop a doctor patient relationship.

Aaron Stone, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

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