Breast sagging or Fallen breast is a trending topic for lot of women around the world. What can make breast fall early? While there are a lot of misconceptions about the causes and cures for breast ptosis, another word for sagging, every woman will eventually have to deal with it. Only some are luckier than others to have firm and perky breasts just more longer.
Having learned everything inside out, I’m going to share with you several real causes of breast sagging you might not know about. But before that, let’s define what it means to have saggy breast.
What Is Breast Sagging?
Breast sagging or also known as ptosis is an omission of the mammary glands, which occurs as a result of stretching of the breast skin tissues, together with ligaments and lack of skin’s elasticity. Ptosis leads to a disruption in the shape and beautiful contour of the breast.
Stages of Breast Sagging.
How can you classify what stage of sagging your breasts are at? Here is the clear illustration to help you understand the issue better.
What causes of breast sagging?
Are you woman in a risk group for breast sagging? Here are several reasons that contribute to changing breast form and appearance for the worse.
Genetics and breast sagging. Where is the connection, you’d think? Actually, it’s a tie line, since your genes not only define your breast size, they also play an essential role in determining the strength of your ligaments, elasticity of the skin and breast tissue density. While there are no muscles to hold the breasts high up and perky, the ligaments is really what you are left with.
Breast Involution and Rapid weaning
So it is highly likely that you won’t sacrifice the appearance of your breast by breastfeeding. Although, there is a real risk factor for breast sagging if your breast went two-three cup sizes bigger with pregnancy and breastfeeding, which means that the Cooper’s ligaments – the connective tissue in the breasts that help them keep their shape – will stretch out dramatically.
It won’t cause any problems right until you start weaning. When you stop breastfeeding, the breast tissue responsible for milk production will bounce all the way back, but the skin around the breast may not! While it’s not really common, there is a chance to deflated breasts after weaning. It really all depends on how your breast involute after weaning.
Iit’s really all in our genes! On top of that, in case of rapid weaning, the stretched ligaments may not shrink down to where they were pre-pregnancy, leaving your breasts looking deflated, saggy, and droopy.
What can you do to deal with breast sagging?
Wear a good sports bra 24/7
One tip to avoid the ligaments to stretch is to wear a good supportive bra, preferably without the underwires, around the clock starting from the day you found out about your pregnancy. This will give the right support for your ligaments and breast, which may help prevent sagging.
You Pre-Pregnancy Breast Size
The larger your natural breasts are pre-pregnancy, the greater the fall. The bitter truth of having a beautiful, full and perky C-cup in your early twenties. Pre-pregnancy breast size does matter when it comes to breast sagging. While breasts may preserve their form after breastfeeding, over time, all breasts tend to fall and there’s pretty much nothing you can do about it. Because this battle with gravity is a desperate play.
Make the weaning super slow.
Aim for gradual weaning. It takes 2-3 months, rather than 2-3 days or weeks. Start with cutting off daytime feedings, one after another. Give time to your body (and brain!) to understand that your baby doesn’t need to be fed that much so that your milk supply will drop. The last feedings you would want to cut off would be nursing before bedtime and the early morning feeding.
Smoking Causes Boob Sagging
So this bad habit is harmful not only for lungs but for skin, too. Smoking breaks down a protein in the skin called elastin, which gives youthful skin its elastic appearance and supports the breast.
In case you are a stubborn smoker, though, make sure to supplement yourself with plenty of vitamin C, since smoking depletes it in your body. People who smoke have reduced amounts of vitamin C in their bodies.
The younger you are the more elastin and collagen is naturally produced in your body. The ligaments that support your breasts are still strong. If you’re eating a nutritious and health diet full of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and essential nutrients, your skin is glowing and resilient with no special effort.
As we get older, gravity pulls at the breasts and the ligaments that support our breasts tissue stretch, losing elasticity. This is especially evident in menopausal women, because the estrogen production drops severely, which means that less collagen and elastin is naturally produced in our bodies to support Cooper’s ligaments strength and skin resilience.
Rapid Weight Gain Followed by Weight Loss
Women gain weight during pregnancy and then lose excess baby weight while breastfeeding. This all is kinda stressful for bodies. Weight fluctuations can cause unnecessary stretching of the skin and ligaments that support your breasts and as a result, make them saggy. The goal here is to avoid rapid weight gain and aim for gradual weight loss.
It’s these special types of proteins – elastin and collagen – that make the skin around our breasts firm. Extreme weight loss (more than 50 lbs) is stressful to these proteins, may interfere with their production and can negatively affect skin’s elasticity.
Vitamin B and C deficiency
Just a little more about vitamin C. This essential vitamin, that is also a powerful antioxidant, is needed to make collagen. Skin fibroblasts have an absolute dependence on vitamin C for the synthesis of collagen, and for the regulation of the collagen/elastin balance in the dermis.
Collagen is needed for cells’ growth and repair. It produces just about everything in bodies from the skin to ligaments and blood vessels. The less vitamin C you get, the less collagen and elastin are produced to support your skin’s beauty, the higher are the chances for your breasts to sag. But, believe me, sagged boobs is the least of your problems when your body is super low in this vital vitamin.
High levels of homocysteine act as blocking the enzymes essential for the normal coordination of collagen and elastin in our bodies.
Since B vitamins are easy to be accessed from different food sources, the best option is to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. Fruit and vegetables’ consumption may represent the most healthy and safe method in order to maintain a balanced diet and youthful appearing skin.