Busting out ideas about breast changes

Unless your are genetically gifted, there’s a fair chance the girls aren’t quite as perky as they used to be.

Breast ptosis, commonly referred to as sagging breasts, is a natural and common condition many individuals experience as they age.

Just like other parts of the body, the breasts undergo changes over time, changes that can lead to a lower position on the chest, decreased fullness, and a downward-pointing nipple.

While breast ptosis is a natural part of ageing, there are factors that can contribute to its development, as well as strategies to prevent and address it.

Causes of sagging breasts

Sagging breasts can be attributed to a combination of factors, primarily involving changes in the skin and underlying breast tissue.

The skin of the breasts loses elasticity as you age, making it less capable of supporting the weight of breast tissue.

Gravity also plays a role in pulling the breasts downward over time.

Hormonal changes, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and menopause can all impact the internal structures of the breasts, affecting their volume and fullness.

What can you do?

If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts due to sagging, there are various non-surgical approaches you can consider to improve their appearance:

Professional bra fitting
Wearing a well-fitted bra can provide support and lift to the breasts, enhancing their appearance under clothing. Many individuals are unaware of their correct bra size, which can change over time. Professional bra fitting can ensure you’re wearing the right size and provide guidance on supportive bras for exercise.

Upper body workouts
While exercise won’t directly alter the amount of breast tissue, engaging in upper body workouts can strengthen the muscles underneath the breasts, along with the shoulders and upper arms. Firmer muscles can help lift the breasts slightly and improve their positioning on the chest wall.

Preventive lifestyle choices
Making certain lifestyle choices can help slow down the signs of breast ageing and maintain a youthful appearance:

  • Nutrition: A balanced diet rich in antioxidants, including fruits and vegetables, benefits the skin’s overall health. Hydration also plays a role in maintaining skin elasticity.
  • Avoid smoking: Smoking contributes to sagging skin by breaking down collagen, resulting in reduced skin fullness. Quitting smoking not only benefits your skin but also your overall health.
  • Sun protection: Shielding your breasts from sun exposure with sunscreen can prevent sun damage, which can affect the skin’s ability to support breast weight.
  • Weight management: Consistently maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent excessive stretching of the skin due to weight fluctuations.

Understanding true causes and myths

While there’s a wealth of information about sagging breasts, it’s important to distinguish between true causes and misconceptions. Some commonly misunderstood factors include:

  • Breastfeeding: Contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding is not a significant cause of sagging breasts.
  • Wearing bras: Wearing or not wearing a bra does not have a substantial impact on breast sagging.

Should you desire more permanent changes, consulting a medical professional about surgical options, such as breast lift surgery, is a viable path to explore.

Does your changing body bother you? Would you consider surgery? Why not share your opinion in the comments section below?

Also read: What does your body shape say about your health?

Disclaimer: This article contains general information about health issues and is not advice. For health advice, consult your medical practitioner.

Jan Fisher
Jan Fisherhttp://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/author/JanFisher
Accomplished journalist, feature writer and sub-editor with impressive knowledge of the retirement landscape, including retirement income, issues that affect Australians planning and living in retirement, and answering YLC members' Age Pension and Centrelink questions. She has also developed a passion for travel and lifestyle writing and is fast becoming a supermarket savings 'guru'.
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