Last updated: May 28, 2021
Richard Honaker M.D.
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Depressing as it is, every woman undergoes major changes in her body after 30, the big three-zero! Of all the parts, breasts are most affected by gravity. The rate at which breasts age is two to three years ahead of the rest of the body. Aging breasts are a concern for many women, but let’s look at how you can keep your breasts in shape.
What Are Breasts?
Women’s breasts are made of glandular tissues (milk-making tissues) and fatty tissues. Breast development occurs over the course of time. According to the Ohio State University Medical Center, breast growth happens in five stages, “Beginning before puberty, the breast will develop from a raised nipple; the breast will become raised and will grow glandular tissue until breast fills out to an adult breast.”
The shape and size depend on various factors like weight, hormones, genetics and it varies from woman to woman.
What Causes Breast Sagging?
It is a dream of women to have perky breasts for their whole life but sagging is the reality from which they cannot escape. Sagging (also known as ptosis) occurs when Cooper’s ligaments that keeps the breasts in shape, loses their elasticity.
“Also, breasts gradually change from having more breast tissue to having more fat, and this can make them appear less perky and even deflated looking” says Anne Taylor, chair of the public and education committee for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and adjunct associate professor in the department of plastic surgery at Ohio State University.
Various factors like weight fluctuation, smoking, large breasts and pregnancy are all possible causes of sagging.
7 Tips To Keep Your Breasts In Shape with Infographic
Breast sagging? Struggling with keeping your breasts toned, well here are some tips and infographic . . .
1. Right Bra
Approximately 80% of women end up making a wrong purchase. Women wearing wrong or incorrect bra size face problems like backaches, headaches, issue with postures and these all can lead to breast sagging.
This is in addition to the damage that the ill-fitting bra is making to your image. Next time when you purchase a bra, spend some quality time in the lingerie section to make a perfect purchase and don’t hesitate in taking consultation of experts their.
2. Let Them Free
One of the ways to keep them healthy after 30 is to set them free at night. According to research done by University of Franche-Comte, professor found, “Not wearing a bra actually made women breasts stronger and perkier.” It helps in making the blood circulation and strengthen them. So ladies, it is time to set them free at night but of course this is totally on your comfort level.
3. Try A Breast Massage
To keep them in shape and increase the perkiness, massage the breast once in a week. It helps blood circulation and keeps the breast from sagging. Breast Massage is known to reduce the risk of breast cancer by inducing nipple stimulation which helps in blood flow.
Massages can also help in increasing breast size which is dream of many women. If you want them to look young then skilled breast massage is the magic wand. Ladies, it is time to include breast massage in your daily care routine.
4. Eat Healthy Foods
To keep your breast healthy, indulge in food that improves breast tissue and keep breast cancer at bay. This includes fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin A, Eating chicken, egg, sulfur-bearing protein and Vitamin C enrich food can help making your skin look young and will also prevent breast sagging.
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5. Forget Bad Habits And Sweat It Out
Stop smoking!! Smoking cigarettes is the major reason behind breast sagging. It releases chemicals that speeds up aging and reduces blood circulation, hence danger of premature aging.
Start drinking in moderate as the chemicals generated in body can affect the shape of breast and can also be the cause of breast cancer.
There are a handful of exercises which can prevent sagging and keep them firm. But then again wrong choice of sports bra can make your breast sag more quickly. Exercises like push-ups, weights press-flat and incline slightly lifts the muscle under the breast and strengthen them.
Lastly, don’t forget to drink plenty of water ladies to make your skin more elastic, keeps them young and fresh.
6. Pamper Your Breast Skin
The first part which experiences premature aging is your breast skin. The skin around your breast is thinnest and is stretched the most. Add skin problems like acne at chest and sun damage and you know why you need to pamper your breast more.
So it is time that you start moisturizing your skin and never keep the breast dry as it will make you itch and uncomfortable.
7. Get Them Checked Regularly
Regular checkups are a must for a woman who reaches the age of 30. One of the most important one is a mammogram which will help in preventing and diagnosing any earlier signs of breast cancer. But most of all, try to look at them and get acquainted. Try to know how they feel normally and be aware about the changes in breast shape.
Gear Up Get And Your Breasts In Shape
It is time that you start taking care of your breasts if you want to delay sagging. Love yourself and your body because you deserve it. Familiarize yourself with your breast and how they look like. Keep yourself hydrated and maintain your weight. Don’t ignore any change in the breast or any discomfort. In case of any discomfort consult your doctor.
These tips can slow down but do not guarantee any prevention. It is always best to consult your doctor in case of your breast health and get a monthly mammogram to gauge your health.
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