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Sagging Breasts

Information And Treatment

Breasts get their perkiness from the strength of the ligaments surrounding them, but aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight gain or loss can cause these ligaments to shift and stretch, leaving you with a set that sags—and maybe a wee bit less self-confidence.

If you had a baby recently or just lost weight, remember that your skin needs time to adjust to your new body. In the meantime, there's plenty you can do to combat the effects of time and gravity.

First, exercising the chest muscles that lie underneath your breasts can help give your breasts a lift no matter how old you are.

Second, good habits are important. Wearing supportive bras can protect your girls from bouncing up and down-and stretching out those all-important ligaments. Use sunscreen on your chest, as sun damage will make your skin less elastic. Smoking is another no-no—it speeds up the skin's aging process. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin, leading to less oxygen and nutrients for those areas.

Finally, if you have a bigger change in mind, procedures like breast lifts are also an option. Even the ever-youthful Gwyneth Paltrow considered it after breastfeeding her two kids. In an interview with OK! Germany, she said, "Before, I didn't care about it. And I still refuse to use silicone, Botox or any other of those gimmicks out of pure vanity. But a breast correction after breastfeeding—why not?"

Age range: Since significant weight loss can reduce the size and firmness of your breasts, women of all ages are susceptible to sagging. But generally speaking, the girls are more likely to sag after pregnancy and after the age of 40.

Interesting Facts

A recent clinical study showed that 85 percent of patients with at least one pregnancy reported undesirable changes in the shape and size of their breast.