8 Myths & Facts About Sagging BreastsPublished on January 13, 2015 by Tal Roudner
On October 23, during a private event at one of New York City’s Ladurée Houses, Halle Berry told InStyle, “If you don’t want your boobs to hit your knees by the time you’re 30, always wear a bra, even to bed.”
Berry credits continuously wearing a bra as the reason she has such a perky pair; however, she might be misinformed. How much do you know about what causes (and does not cause) your breasts to sag? Take this quiz and find out where you stand when it comes to your dynamic duo.
1. Exercises keep your breasts from drooping
Breasts consist of fat and glandular tissue, not muscle, which means there is nothing for you to tighten and tone. That said, chest exercises would strengthen the ligaments surrounding your pectoral area. When an individual tones the Cooper’s ligaments the breasts do tend to look livelier.
2. As you age, your breasts begin to sag
Just like all the tissues in the body, breasts consist of elastin and collagen, both of which break down as we age. During menopause, fat replaces the breasts’ dense grandular tissue. This fat lacks the ability to support the breast, which makes it more likely to cause the breasts to sag.
3. Sun tanning, diet and smoking can cause your breasts to droop
Although we have an abundance of sunshine here in Miami, keep in mind that ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure does affect the look of your breasts. Additionally, eating a high fat diet that lacks the proper nutrients, as well as smoking can contribute to sagging breasts. According to a 2008 study that is published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, these lifestyle choices are detrimental because they breakdown your skin’s collagen.
4. Breastfeeding causes breasts to sag
According to the same 2008 study, breastfeeding does not cause the breasts to sag.
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5. Pregnancy can cause drooping breasts
Weight gain throughout a pregnancy can cause the ligaments supporting the breasts to stretch. This can lead to sagging. This sagging occurs because the connective tissue, (Cooper’s ligaments) that keeps your breasts perky begins to stretch. Although a woman cannot completely avoid drooping breasts, she can minimize these negative effects by sticking to a healthy weight gain during her pregnancy.
6. Wearing a bra prevents sagging breasts
Although a bra holds the breasts up, giving you the shape and look you desire, it cannot prevent the inevitable drooping. This sagging occurs naturally throughout the aging process. The constant pull of gravity on the breasts is what causes them to droop. Unfortunately, there is very little that you; yourself, can do to prevent your breasts from drooping.
7. It is not necessary to wear a sports bra for support during high impact activity
This is something that you can do to reduce the stress placed on your breasts during your workout routine. According to one French researcher, wearing a typical bra actually encourages the breasts to sag. The study found that the bra weakens the tissues that support your breasts; however, a supportive sports bra may be the exception. High impact exercises cause the breasts to bounce, which will eventually cause damage to the connective tissues in your breasts. For this reason, Dr. Tal Roudner recommends that you wear a sports bra while performing all high impact activities (aerobics and running, etc.).
8. Plastic surgery procedures can help with sagging breasts
There are plastic surgery procedures specifically designed to address various issues related to the breast. One such procedure is the breast lift procedure. Dr. Tal Roudner is a Miami surgeon who performs breast lift procedures.
If you live in or near Miami, Florida and you are interested in meeting with a plastic surgeon, contact Dr. Tal Roudner today and schedule your complimentary initial consultation today. As a top plastic surgeon in Miami, he and his staff are here to assist you on your path to attaining the body that you have always wanted.