Three Myths About Sagging Breasts
Many women are concerned with losing the youthful, perky look of their breasts as they age. Breast sagging is a natural process that occurs due to a decrease in skin elasticity and the stretching of Cooper’s ligaments—bands of tough, flexible connective tissues in the breasts. There are several conflicting myths about what causes or prevents breasts to sag.
Myth: Breastfeeding Causes Sagging
One of the most common myths about breastfeeding is that it causes breasts to sag. There are more serious physical changes happening in a women’s body during pregnancy that may cause the shape and size of her breasts to change. Rapid weight gain and swelling of breast tissue as the mammary glands fill with milk during pregnancy can stretch breast skin and ligaments, which can lead to drooping.
While some sagging will likely occur, mothers can help reduce it by maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy. Some mothers may choose to undergo a breast lift to help reverse post-pregnancy sagging and restore breasts to a more youthful shape.
Myth: Wearing a Bra Keeps Breasts Perkier
Not only can bras assist in maintaining breast shape and size, but they can also help alleviate back pain in women with larger breasts. Despite these advantages, there is no scientific evidence showing that bras prevent breasts from sagging. The one exception to this would be the use of a sports bra during exercise. Sports bras hold the breasts in place from exercise and prevent them from bouncing during exercise. Skipping a sports bra during cardio could damage Cooper’s ligaments as the constant up-and-down motions can stretch the breast tissue.
Myth: Exercise Prevents Sagging
Although exercise is part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there is no guarantee that it will prevent breast sagging. Breasts are mostly composed of fat and fibrous tissues, not muscles that can be toned by working out. However, pushups and other chest workouts targeting the pectoral muscles that lie beneath the breast tissue give a boost for perkier-looking breasts.
Breast sagging might be a natural process of aging, but there are solutions. If you have experienced breast sagging, surgical options such as a breast lift or breast augmentation are safe and effective methods to help improve breast shape. As a female plastic surgeon, Elizabeth A. Kinsley, MD knows how to help women obtain their desired results and help them feel comfortable with their bodies again. Learn more about our breast enhancement procedures today.