As we all know, pregnancy and breastfeeding can have a big effect on women’s breasts – leaving them feeling saggy and deflated. But are pregnancy and breastfeeding the only causes of drooping breasts? A new study in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal says no. In fact, there are a number of different factors that can lead to droopy breasts over time.
Like many studies, this one began by comparing identical twins. In 2009 and 2010, 161 pairs of identical female twins attending the Twins Days Festivals in Ohio had their breasts photographed. Researchers compared the photographs, while accounting for the twins’ different life experiences. They found several factors that can result in drooping breasts.
Your breast skin and tissue can become stretched due to hormonal and weight changes associated with pregnancy, breastfeeding, or simply weight gain. Once the skin becomes stretched, the breasts sagging droop. The researchers also found that smoking and alcohol use can contribute to saggy breasts.
Fortunately, these lifestyle factors can usually be mitigated. By quitting smoking and cutting down on alcoholic drinks, you can reduce your chances of getting saggy breasts in the future – as well as improve your health more generally! Maintaining a stable body weight is also a great way to keep a sleek figure.
But what about breastfeeding and pregnancy? While most women choose the joy of a new baby, regardless of bodily changes, there are techniques that you can use to mitigate stretching during this time. An article on the LiveStrong website highlights just a few handy tricks:
- Massaging your breasts while bathing can increase circulation to your skin.
- Daily multivitamin supplements can help your skin’s elasticity.
- Moisturizers containing vitamin E and collagen can promote your skin’s resilience.
- A well-balanced diet and regular exercise can prevent excess weight gain during your pregnancy.
- By drinking lots of water, you will help keep your skin moist and elastic.
Of course, once your breasts have been stretched, that doesn’t have to be the end of the road. You still have a few options to restore the curves of your youth. With a breast lift, sagging breasts can be lift and reshaped, so that they appear youthful and perky. Many women combine a breast lift with tummy tuck surgery for overall enhancement after pregnancy.