How can I firm my breasts naturally? Here is a list of 10 ways to permanently tighten a sagging breast to make them stand firm.
Changes in your body as you age are bound to happen one way or another, however, there are ways to prevent boobs from sagging.
Breasts can vary greatly from person to person. Size, shape, and color are traits that are inherited from genes. But through the course of a woman’s life, her breasts will also constantly change and develop.
Breast tissue is made mostly of fat cells, glandular tissue, and ligaments that extend from the collarbone to the underarm and across the center of the chest. Glands are called lobules to produce milk that women use to feed their newborn children.
What is a breast?
Before we discuss what ways can help prevent the sagging of the breast, it’s important to understand the makeup of the breasts themselves.
Breasts are made up of two types of tissue, fatty tissue, and glandular tissue, both of which overlie the pectoral muscles on your chest.
The quantity of fatty tissue within a breast determines the size whilst a myriad of connective tissue and ligaments help give the breasts their overall shape.
The glandular tissue is what produces milk when women are breastfeeding, meaning the breasts can increase and decrease in size at regular intervals.
As time goes by, it’s natural for the original shape of the breasts to lose elasticity and droop. This is extremely common but can be a source of anxiety for some women.
In fact, breast “ptosis” — the medical term for sagging — is one of the most common conditions treated by plastic surgeons.
Not everyone has the means or the desire to surgically alter their appearance, but surgery isn’t necessary to begin making positive changes to improve your bust.
There are a variety of natural remedies and lifestyle changes you can adopt to help prevent or minimize the effects of sagging.
What causes sagging breasts?
The most common cause of sagging breasts is simply the passage of time. Regardless of who you are or what you wear, time and gravity will cause your skin to become weaker and less elastic.
However, young women might experience sagging breasts as well. Aside from the passage of time, there are a number of additional reasons why sagging may occur:
- Multiple pregnancies cause the ligaments that support your breasts to stretch and droop as they get heavier to support your baby.
- Smoking causes skin to lose its flexibility and strength.
- Larger, heavier breasts are more likely to sag over time.
- Extreme weight loss can drastically alter chest shape and breast appearance.
- Being overweight causes the skin and breast tissue to stretch and droop.
- Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays break down collagen and elastin.
- Menopause causes hormonal changes that affect skin elasticity.
- Extreme, high-intensity strenuous exercise can cause connective tissue to break down.
- Certain illnesses, such as breast cancer and tuberculosis can weaken tissue and breast support.
Why Do Breasts Start To Sag With Age?
The main cause of saggy breasts, otherwise known as breast ptosis, is age. As we age our skin loses its natural elasticity which causes it to look saggy or wrinkled. This affects other areas of the body, not just the breasts. Smoking accelerates the aging process, thus contributing to this sagging of the skin.
Women who have larger breasts may find they have a higher chance of sagging, purely because higher breast mass is more vulnerable to the effects of gravity.
Estrogen deficiency, collagen deficiency, menopause, overexposure to the sun, a high body mass index (BMI), and rapid weight loss followed by rapid weight gain can also play their part in causing the breasts to sag.
Although multiple pregnancies can cause ptosis, breastfeeding, contrary to popular belief, does not contribute to sagging breasts.
At what age do breasts start to sag?
There is no set age that breasts start to sag. It depends upon a woman’s genetics, lifestyle choices, and overall health. A 20-year-old could experience sagging while a 40-year-old woman may have perky breasts. Both are completely normal.
Pregnancy may also play a part.
Does not wearing a bra cause Sagging Breasts?
There is no evidence to back up the idea that not wearing a bra causes the breasts to sag. However, it is recommended that a supportive sports bra is worn when exercising as one study suggested that breast motion from working out or playing sports can contribute to sagging and stretching.
Natural remedies for sagging breasts
You can never fully restore the original size and shape of your breasts, but you can take certain measures to improve the lift and strength of your bust.
These measures include:
- 1. Eating balanced diet meals.
- 2. Exercises to prevent breast sagging.
- 3. Moisturizing the breasts.
- 4. Manage your weight and lose weight gradually.
- 5. Massaging your breasts.
- 6. Wear a supportive bra.
- 7. Avoid smoking.
- 8. Sunscreen on the breasts too.
- 9. Good Posture.
- 10. Wean your baby gradually.
We know that a lot of you want to know how to stop sagging breasts. Don’t worry, you can actually give your boobs a lift, by following these ten (10) ways to prevent saggy breasts…
1. Eating balanced diet meals and drinking enough water
Do you want to prevent your breasts from sagging? Make sure to keep your diet healthy and balanced. Sudden weight loss or weight gain can cause serious wrinkles and stretch marks in your breasts.
Try to eat a balanced, healthy diet to feed and nourish your skin so it stays healthy, strong, and resilient for many years to come.
It’s also important to maintain an optimal weight for your body type. Being overweight puts pressure on your skin tissue, and the extra weight may add additional weight to your breasts, which could result in sagging.
In addition to a healthy diet, healthy lifestyle decisions are imperative. Smoking tobacco is harmful to your skin as well as your overall health. It may play a contributing factor to sagging breasts.
Importantly, make sure you drink enough water throughout the day and stay hydrated. Water powers everything in your body, and drinking enough will keep your skin strong and improve the overall firmness and strength of the breast tissue.
2. Exercises to prevent breast sagging
Since breasts don’t have muscle, you can’t firm up breast tissue with exercise. However, beneath the breasts are fibrous connective tissue and muscles that can be exercised to improve the overall appearance of your chest.
Various chest exercises are recommended to improve not only muscle strength but posture as well. Some common exercises to try are:
- bench press
- arm curls
3. Moisturizing the breasts
Moisturizing your breasts is one of the key factors to prevent them from sagging. When the skin of your breasts becomes more dry and irritated, this leads to losing the necessary oils underneath your skin. As you shower, make sure to use the dry brushing method to get rid of dead cells and apply lotion after you finish.
4. Manage your weight and lose weight gradually
Gaining weight during pregnancy is essential but you can try not to gain too much weight. The excess weight you gain during pregnancy might add more fat tissue to your breasts.
Once you have had your baby and are planning to lose weight, talk to your doctor first. You may want to lose all the weight at once, or as fast as you can. Try to lose weight slowly and steadily. This may give your skin the time it needs to adapt to the changes.
5. Massaging your breasts
This is almost crucial to make your breasts maintain their lift with age. Make sure to massage your breasts in a circular motion clockwise, while applying a natural oil. In order to prevent your breasts from sagging, make this a daily routine.
6. Wear a supportive bra
Knowing your right bra size is the best thing you can do to your breasts. When your breasts get squeezed in a bad-fitted bra, your cleavage could form wrinkles over time.
A quality, properly fitted bra gives added support that reduces the strain and stress on your breasts’ supporting tissues and muscles. If you gain or lose weight, make sure you get re-fitted.
Also, try not to keep the bra on most at times. Give your breasts a break and take off your bra more often while you’re at home. Leaving off your breasts without a bra will allow your chest muscles to carry the weight of your breasts, hence becoming firmer and stronger. If you don’t feel comfortable taking off your bra at home, substitute it with a soft cotton sports bra with wide straps and no underwire.
7. Avoid smoking
Smoking is most certainly crushing your beauty and making your boobs saggy as well. Try to maintain your breasts’ skin and keep it youthful, by cutting down smoking and lessening your nicotine intake. When the chemicals of cigarettes are no longer inside your body, your blood circulation will be better, and this will help prevent your breasts from sagging.
8. Sunscreen on the breasts too
Treat your breast as carefully as you do with your face. If you’re heading to the beach, or even you’re out in the sun wearing a V-neck top, make sure to apply a handful of sunscreen on your breasts before you head out, in order to prevent your breasts from sagging.
9. Good posture
Bad posture, such as having a hunched or bent back, can cause the breasts to hang by their own weight, putting more pressure and tension on the breast tissue and aggravating sagging.
Good posture, on the other hand, involves teaching your body to assume positions during movement where the least amount of strain is placed on supporting ligaments and muscles.
By keeping your back straight and your shoulders back, good posture works to evenly distribute the weight in your body and help protect against sagging.
10. Wean your baby gradually
When you plan to wean your baby, do it over time. Reduce the number of feeding sessions gradually. This could help regain the pre-pregnancy form of the breasts, as well as let your body adjust the hormones slowly.
Types of breast surgery that can make a sagging breast firm again
Yes, sagging breasts can be firm again following breast lift surgery.
Cadogan Clinic carries out four different types of breast lift surgery.
- A Crescent Lift, the least invasive lift we offer, sees a crescent of skin removed at the top of the nipple to improve nipple position.
- The Benelli Lift, otherwise known as a Circumareolar Lift, is best for slight nipple asymmetry or a mild lift. A doughnut-shaped incision is made around the areola to remove tissue and the breast skin is tightened.
- A Lollipop Lift, or Vertical Scar Mastopexy as it is otherwise known, sees a lollipop-shaped incision made from the crease of the breast vertically and around the nipple. This is a very effective lift for many women with low hanging breasts.
- An Anchor Lift is used to correct significant breast droop. This is when the incision is made similar to the lollipop, but also travels along the breast crease, forming an anchor shape. This is the most invasive breast lift procedure, but very effective for women with a long inframammary fold (distance from breast crease to nipple).
It’s completely normal to experience sagging in your breasts. It can be caused by a variety of causes that range from genetics to diet to lifestyle.
By taking better overall care of your body, you can improve skin elasticity and strength, which can minimize the effects of sagging.