A sagging or drooping breast is a natural, inevitable process that most women experience at some points in their lives. Women tend to be bothered by this life’s normal process, because they feel it makes them unattractive. Drooping breast are said to occur with age, but a breast can actually start sagging at any age simply because they do not have muscles in them.
While the causes of sagging are not known, many schools of thought attribute the cause of this phenomenon to breastfeeding. But many researches and studies have shown that this is a complete myth. Outcomes of studies and researches have found that expansion and contraction of milk glands during pregnancy and not breastfeeding is responsible.
In some cases, it even happens without pregnancy. Sagging can happen sooner than expected, except those with very small breasts. It is not uncommon to see teens with drooping breasts.
Another reason breasts are thought to sag is excessive weight. Being overweight puts extra tissues on the breasts, which make them heavier and therefore sag.
Breast sagging cannot be totally prevented. Even with breast lift surgery, the results are not permanent, because the skin and the ligaments will eventually stretch. However, there are a few things you can try:
Massage Your Breasts
This may sound strange, as most people are familiar with body massage and not breast massage. But the best and easiest way to reduce the potential problems of sagging and fibro cystic lumps is to self massage your breasts at least three to five times in a week. This works in two ways. One, it releases stagnated fluids in the breast. Secondly, it helps in reshaping and lifting the breasts. For optimum results, use natural, organic breast massage oils made just for breasts.
Use Correct Bra
Correct choice of bra can help reduce incidence of breast sagging. While you are getting dressed, make sure your straps are adjusted correctly. For those that are busty, choose bras that are specially designed for large breasts. For women who do sports that involve a lot of movement, such as running or football, it is important to wear supportive sports bra.
When breasts bounce a lot during sports, it can stretch and harm the ligaments inside the breasts. Avoid going bra-less, because going without a bra for too long will further stretch the breast tissues. Bras should also be worn correctly by ensuring that the middle of the bra is centred within your body.
Maintain A Steady Weight
Adding and shedding weight causes changes in the size of breasts. Excessive weight causes the breasts to enlarge, which stretches the skin. When you shed weight, the breast skin becomes stretched, making the breast appear empty with a saggy look.
Try to maintain a stable weight by exercising and eating a balanced diet. Eating whole grains with plenty of vegetables and avoiding junk foods also helps to maintain a steady weight. One hour of walk or half an hour of aerobics everyday helps to keep the metabolism up and the weight steady.
The side effects of smoking are numerous, and breast sagging is one of them. When a person smokes, the carcinogens present in the smoke enter the body and cause elastin to break down in the body. Elastin fibres are responsible for skin suppleness; meaning the absence of these fibres causes the skin to sag. These fibres are found in breast tissues, and over time, smoking can lead to breakdown of tissues that result in sagging breasts.
Mind Your Exercise
When it comes to exercise, it may be both good and bad for the breasts. The right method can keep the breasts firm by providing better blood supply. While there are no muscles in the breast itself, it is possible to build up the underlying pectorals for a lifting effect. But exercises like running may harm. While running without proper support, the breasts bounce in a figure of eight. This causes wear and tear on the supporting ligaments.
In a research, it was found that breasts move an average of 10cms up and down, side-to-side and forwards and backwards while running. The larger the size, the greater the force on the breasts and the more they need to be restrained to avoid harm to the ligaments and connective tissue. This is why it is very important to wear a sports bra whenever you exercise.
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