Falsehoods About Aging Breasts and How to Take Care of Yourself Early On
Female breast ptosis is a term used for natural female breasts that sag. There are many factors that affect the start of this inevitable process such as smoking, genetics, rapid weight loss, and age. Girls should remember that breasts can start to sag at an early age but there are preventative measures that help postpone the aging process, keeping breasts healthy and in good shape. In this article, you will learn about the most widespread myths about breasts that aren’t true at all. You’ll also learn practical suggestions to help prevent sagging and other breast issues.
Bright Side invites its readers to study popular myths and recommendations about sagging breasts that don’t really work. At the end of the article, there is a bonus tidbit about a very simple but effective method to calm down irritated breasts.
Myth #1: The main reason for sagging is breastfeeding.
Many women mistakenly take this fact as truth. Breastfeeding doesn’t affect the appearance of female breast ptosis — it’s the number of pregnancies that actually cause a woman’s body as well as her breasts to sag. There can be other reasons for sagging like something as simple as gravity. Some girls encounter sagging as early as 20 years old.
Myth #2: Push-ups and other exercises will tighten the breasts.
Fitness gurus suggest a number of special exercises to strengthen breast muscles but they won’t keep breasts from sagging — or tighten them for that matter. Female breasts mainly consist of fat and mammary glands and no exercises can change their shape. The skin becomes less elastic with age and mammary glands themselves become smaller. That’s why breasts start looking “emptied”. Exercises help strengthen the muscles behind the breasts, located in the chest.
Myth #3: Small breasts don’t sag.
Breast sagging is an inevitable age-related change and their size has nothing to do with it. Breasts of bigger sizes are prone to earlier sagging but breasts of smaller sizes are affected by gravity as well, that’s why it becomes difficult for ligaments weakened with age to cope with the heavy load.
Myth #4: Bras can prevent breasts from sagging.
Bras help to hold breasts upright and are an inevitable element of most women’s wardrobes. However, constant bra wearing actually promotes sagging. All because bras lift up breasts and ease the work of ligaments, which makes them weaker, worsening their ability to hold breasts naturally. You shouldn’t stop wearing a bra completely especially if you feel discomfort or pain when doing sports, for example, but you shouldn’t wear it non-stop either.
Myth #5: An oversized bra can promote sagging.
There is no research that has proven this to be true. But bras that are too big in size can cause discomfort by creating skin irritation from the skin rubbing together.
Myth #6: Jogging keeps breasts tight.
Jogging and other sports activities are undoubtedly useful for the body. But women should keep in mind that breasts also move intensively while jogging. This type of movement doesn’t tighten stretched ligaments, but it can cause sagging.
Myth #7: Water massage can lift saggy breasts.
Massaging yourself with streams of water definitely feels good and can help to keep the skin toned. But unfortunately, it doesn’t affect the strength of ligaments and can’t lift saggy breasts back up.
Myth #8: Creams and oils help lift up saggy breasts.
Unfortunately, there is no such miracle cure. Research has shown that there is no cosmetic remedy that helps the problem of already saggy breasts. Nevertheless, it’s recommended to use cosmetic items for supporting the skin tone — it can help postpone future sagging.
Myth #9: It’s impossible to prevent breasts from sagging.
Sooner or later age will take over. And it’s better if it happens later. Saggy breasts can’t be lifted up with the help of cosmetic products or exercises, however, there are various surgical methods that help solve the issue. Luckily, there are some preventative measures that can help you avoid premature aging.
The prevention of sagging
- Don’t stay out long in the sun and remember to use sunscreen because the skin loses its elasticity due to ultraviolet rays.
- Don’t wear bras all the time. Use a special supportive bra while doing sporty activities, especially jogging. The most effective ones are bras with separate cups for each breast.
- Keep in mind that smoking provokes premature skin aging, including breast skin since it destroys elastin protein. Smoking is one of the main reasons for sagging breasts.
- Do sports to support the overall health of your body in addition to your breasts.
- Keep a balanced diet and pay attention to elements that can increase your skin’s elasticity like proteins, vitamins, and antioxidants.
- Elasticity strengthening creams and lotions can be of great help as long as the breasts have not starting sagging yet.
Bonus: Benefits of cabbage leaves
Cabbage leaves help calm down swollen and irritated breasts as well as reduce the feeling of discomfort or pain caused by breastfeeding or wearing an uncomfortable bra. Cool down a cabbage head in the fridge, pull out a couple of leaves from the inside, and wash and dry them. Place the leaves on your breasts avoiding the nipples. Keep them on your breasts until they warm up, then remove them.
Which of these myths did you used to believe? Do you have other secrets for taking care of breasts? Please share them with us in the comments!
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