Everyone wants to have perfect perky breasts, but sadly this isn’t always the case and many of us will experience sagging as we get older.
As much as we hate to admit it, breast sagging is a natural process that happens with age, yet some will experience this more than others and some of us will even develop sagging breasts from an early age.
Drooping breasts can be a real confidence killer but there are a few things you can be doing to prevent breast sagging.
What Causes Sagging Breasts
Breasts are not made up of muscle. Instead, they are made of fat, connective tissues, milk-producing glands and Cooper's ligaments. As women age, the milk glands in the breasts are replaced with fat tissue that naturally has less support.
Cooper’s ligaments connect the breast tissue to the pectoral muscles, this helps maintain the breasts structural integrity, but they are thin bands and are not that strong, especially when it comes to larger breasts.
The ligaments support the breast in its normal position and help to maintain its normal shape. Without the internal support of the Cooper’s ligament, the breast tissue, which is heavier than the surrounding fat, sags under its own weight, losing its normal shape and contour.
As women get older, the skin can become loose and begins to show signs of ageing and the Cooper's ligament will lose its hold.
Most women will experience breast sagging in their life, particularly as they reach their 40’s but for other women, breast sagging will occur earlier, especially if you have larger breasts or are overweight.
Other factors which can contribute to sagging breasts include pregnancy, menopause, rapid weight loss or gain, strenuous exercise, nutritional deficiencies, smoking, over-tanning and wearing a poorly fitting bra.
It is furthermore important to note that, contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding does not cause sagging of the breasts. A study in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal concluded that breastfeeding isn’t a risk factor for sagging breasts and instead pregnancy is the main culprit due to the weight gain during pregnancy which causes the ligaments to stretch, which in turn can lead to drooping.
How to Prevent Breast Sagging
Although we may not be able to change the way our bodies naturally age, there are a few things we can do to slow down the sagging process and keep our Cooper’s ligaments intact for as long as possible.
There are a number of home remedies for regaining the firmness of saggy breasts. These include massaging, maintaining your weight, keeping an eye on your nutrition and protecting your assets in the right way.
Maintain an Optimal Weight
Your weight will vary depending on a number of things but maintaining a stable, healthy weight that is right for you is important to avoiding early sagging.
When the skin becomes stretched due to weight gain, it loses its natural elasticity and this is especially true for the skin around the breasts. If you’re a yo-yo dieter or struggle to maintain a weight, your breasts may suffer and you may notice sagging is more prominent.
The best way to combat this is to maintain a stable, healthy weight.
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Wear a Supportive Bra
There is nothing more satisfying than taking your bra off and letting your boobs be free after a long day at work but there is a time and place, and during exercise is not that.
A well-fitting, supportive bra is key to maintaining the firmness of the breasts as it keeps the breasts from bouncing during exercise.
From jogging to hours rising and even cycling, our breasts naturally move and this vigorous movement will stretch the breast skin resulting in sagging.
Picking the perfect sports bra can be tricky so here are just a few things you should be looking out for; adjustable straps, inner seaming that circles the sides and bottom of the breast, and cup size differentiation (not just XS/S/M/L/XL).
You should be able to tell by just feeling the bra it should not be flimsy, thin or unstructured, if it is, throw it in the bin as it will be doing nothing to support your breasts.
Stump Out Cigarettes
Did you know that smoking can cause stretching of the breast tissue?
Smoking breaks down a protein in the skin called elastin, which gives youthful skin its elastic appearance and supports the breast. The elastin helps to keep our breasts perky and in shape so if there weren’t already enough reasons to stop smoking, do it for your boobs!
Protect them from the Sun
We all know that sun damage can seriously harm your skin, but if you expose your breasts to harmful UV rays without protection and end up burning the underside of your breast, you may be more likely to develop droopy boobs.
Your breasts, particularly the underside, are sensitive and rarely-exposed which means they can burn it far too quickly. The burning of boobs, like all other sunburns, has a negative effect on your skin cells and its natural elasticity. This causes the skin to wrinkle and will, in turn, affect the natural perkiness of the breasts.
This applies to both the sunshine and tanning bed UV rays, so we advise to always cover up where possible and stay protected with a high-quality, high protection sun cream.
Use Boobuddy when Exercising
Our boobs naturally bounce when we run, jog, horse ride and partake in any other form of exercise. This movement can cause the Coopers ligament to stretch which in turn puts more strain on the surrounding skin which can contribute to breast sagging.
The Boobuddy is a unique asset protection band which holds your boobs in place during exercise. This reduces movement and supports the breast's health, especially as the breast size increases.
Boobuddy does this by adding compression to the top of the breast and can be used in conjunction with a sports bra. This allows you to exercise without worrying about the sagging of your breasts all whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle.