The breasts do not contain muscles unlike the other parts of the body but they have ligaments and connective tissues.
Sagging of the breasts can occur at any moment.
What Causes Saggy Breasts?
There are many factors which affect the appearance of the breasts.
Genetics – Genes determine the strength of your ligaments and skin elasticity.
The size of the breasts and gravity – If your breasts are larger, the size of your breasts and gravity can stretch the ligaments and skin.
Age – As a woman ages, the skin begins to sag including the breast area. This happens because production of collagen and elastin is reduced. Thus, the skin and breast ligaments naturally become less elastic.
Weight loss – When a young woman decides to lose weight, a corresponding loss of fat in the breast areas happens as well. The fat is filling up the breasts and when this is lost, the skin sags down.
The number of pregnancies and menopause – The the change in the size of breasts and composition of breast tissue can weaken the ligaments and skin elasticity.
Menopause – Changing hormones signal the breast no longer needs it’s milk ducts and lobes. Consequently, these shrink, and the breast loses it’s fullness. This process is also called breast involution.
Smoking – Smokers will have saggier boobs than non-smokers, because the chemicals in cigarettes break down the body’s elastin.
How to Prevent Sagging Breasts
Since breasts have no muscles, short of cosmetic surgery, there is not much you can do to change the appearance of saggy breasts.
However, you can try to prevent the sagging. By following these suggestions, you may be able to lessen the appearance of saggy breasts.
Wear a well-fitting bra – If your breasts are already saggy, a well-fitting bra will make them appear firmer and less saggy in your clothes. However, if you’re not saggy yet, a Japanese study done in 1991 actually found that wearing bra may promote sagginess rather than prevent it. They compared three months of wearing a bra with not wearing a bra in 11 women. After taking pictures and measuring nipple distance and breast circumference in comparson to chest circumference, they found that wearing a bra made their breasts hang down more.
Bras will keep your breasts from sagging while you’re wearing them – but not for the remainder of time.
Diet – What we eat can affect the skin’s elasticity. Increasing protein can promote collagen synthesis.
Exercising the pectoral muscles – You cannot tone your breasts, but they can appear more firm by exercising the muscles underneath them. Pushups, dumbell presses, and pec flys are all good exercises.
A recent study published online Oct. 12 in the journal Breast Cancer Research found that three healthy habits cut breast cancer risk.
Engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight and drinking alcohol in moderation, was shown in this large study to help protect against breast cancer in postmenopausal women, the researchers said.
In this study, they considered regular physical activity to be 20 minutes of heart-rate raising exercise at least five times a week. Moderate alcohol intake was defined as fewer than seven drinks a week. A healthy body weight was defined in the standard way, having a body mass index, or BMI, of 18.5 to under 25.
Male breast reduction surgery is on the rise. While most industries are in a downward spiral, breast reduction surgery in men is growing at double-digit rates.
While male breast enlargement – “gynecomastia” – can occasionally occur due to rare endocrinologic problems, such as high prolactin hormone levels (hyperprolactinemia) or somewhat more commonly as failed testosterone production (hypogonadism), the vast majority of men who suffer with this problem simply have high estrogen levels.
It makes sense … Women develop larger breasts during development mostly due to increased levels of estrogen. A parallel situation in men similarly stimulates breast tissue.
So where does the excess estrogen come from?
Visceral fat converts testosterone to estrogen. Men with excess visceral fat therefore develop low levels of testosterone and high levels of estrogen. Estrogen levels can, in fact, be substantially higher compared to slender males.
So what foods cause the accumulation of visceral fat and, therefore, increased estrogen and decreased testosterone?
Foods that increase blood glucose and insulin to the greatest degree are the foods that begin this cascade.
Foods like bread, rice, suger, Milky Way bars, Snickers bars and other sugary junk food.