What Causes Sagging Breasts and What You Can Do to Reduce Sagging
We are sorry to deliver the unfortunate news, but all breasts tend to sag after some time. While some lucky women experience a barely noticeable sag, others are far more affected. So, what are the main causes behind sagging breasts?
Although we immediately connect breast sagging with pregnancy and breastfeeding, that isn’t the only cause (though it is a prominent one). There is a number of things we do on a daily basis which contribute to sagging.
We present you with a list of main causes of sagging breasts:
Pregnancy and/or Breastfeeding
Let’s start with the cause we already briefly mentioned – pregnancy and breastfeeding. When we are pregnant, our breasts go through various changes. In most cases, they grow in order to prepare for breastfeeding. Once we give birth, our breasts get filled with milk, which enlarges and stretches the skin even more.
Once you stop breastfeeding, the breast milk dries up, and our breasts usually seem small, empty, and saggy to us. However, these changes can happen even if we decided to skip breastfeeding.
During pregnancy and the postpartum period, our bodies go through a lot of change. Once the experience is over, our breasts can remain bigger, go back to their previous state, or become smaller. If our breast tissue shrinks, but our skin remains stretched, then our breasts will look saggy.
Number of Pregnancies
Every time we are pregnant, we go through the same process. Our breasts enlarge, get filled with milk, and then (hopefully) return to their previous state. So, the number of times we have been pregnant will have a significant impact on the look of our breasts.
The more children we have, the more our breasts will stretch. Still, that doesn’t have to be true for all women. Some experience a lot of sagging even after being pregnant only once. That depends on other factors too; we will address those shortly.
Genetics plays a major role in most things regarding our bodies; that goes for our breasts as well. The genes we get from our family will determine the size, shape, and strength of our breasts, as well as our body weight.
If our mother, grandmother, or aunt have large, saggy breasts, chances are that we will have them too. On the other hand, if women in our family have small breasts with a rounder bottom, we might get lucky as well. Although we won’t enjoy a full cleavage, we will have a better chance to hold the shape of our breasts after having children.
Unfortunately, we can’t change our genetics as much as we would like to. There are some things which could help us fight unwanted changes, such as dieting and exercise, but those work only to a certain degree.
Weight Gain / Weight Loss
Great fluctuations in our weight can contribute to sagging breasts. If we keep gaining and losing 10 pounds, that won’t make a big difference. However, gaining a lot of weight will definitely stretch our skin; at the same time, losing a lot of weight in a short time period might cause our breasts to droop because the skin won’t have enough time to shrink.
We all know how unhealthy smoking is; but did you know that it can ruin your cleavage? Smoking makes our skin lose its elasticity. Furthermore, it makes the skin around our breasts look damaged and stretched. So, smokers are more likely to develop sagging breasts.
Eventually, the ligaments which make up the breast tissue stretch and lose elasticity; that leads to reduced fullness as the underlying support becomes weaker. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done to fight time; it catches up with all of us sooner or later. Many women notice a big change in their breasts during menopause.
Lack of Support
Although we sometimes like to let our breasts be free, proper support is crucial for our breasts’ lift and shape. It might not seem important now, but proper support will make a huge difference in years to come.
We recommend getting professionally fitted for a supportive bra; that is especially important for those who love exercising.
We know how important sunscreen is, but we often neglect our breasts when we are out in the sun. It’s essential that we use sunscreen on them too; that will protect our skin from becoming dehydrated, damaged, and eventually saggy.
How to Prevent Breast Sagging
There are so many factors which can contribute to sagging breasts; we can’t combat them all. However, there are some things we could do in order to partially prevent breast sagging, at least for some time.
Trying to quit smoking can be a challenging venture; however, it can be a rewarding one too. Besides doing a great thing for our overall well-being, we will help our breasts keep their shape for a longer time.
Lose Weight Gradually
Once we decide to change our bodies, motivation can be of great help. But, if we are too motivated and we start losing too much weight over a short period of time, our skin won’t have enough time to shrink. That could leave us with saggy breasts (and other body parts too). So, we should take it slow. Plus, it’s much healthier for us to lose weight gradually.
Keeping breast skin moist with a proper moisturizing lotion can prevent breasts from sagging
Use a Moisturizer and Sunscreen
Dry or dehydrated skin neither feels nor looks good. Also, it is unhealthy. We should regularly moisturize our skin; that will allow it to stretch/shrink more easily than dry skin. When we are pregnant or in the process of losing weight, that is especially important.
Also, we should always wear sunscreen when we spend time outdoors; even when clouds cover the sun. UV rays might do great damage to our skin and eventually cause our breasts to sag.
Wear a Supportive Bra
Our breasts are supported and lifted by ligaments; over time, gravity pulls our breasts and stretches those ligaments. To prevent sagging, we should wear a supportive bra (especially when we are exercising, or when we are pregnant or breastfeeding). That will help hold our breasts, prevent the ligaments from stretching, and keep our skin from sagging.
Even though breast sagging is inevitable, that doesn’t mean we should act like we have no say in how the process goes. There are many things which we can’t completely control, but we can still make noteworthy changes which will postpone the sagging.
When it comes to breast sagging, a few healthy habits will make a huge difference in the long run.