Breast sagging, also called breast ptosisis, is a normal part of the aging process. Ligaments stretch, connective tissues break down and the skin thins, leading to breast sagging. Although you cannot prevent breast sagging, you can keep sagging to a minimum and perk up your bust with a few changes in your lifestyle.
Maintain a steady weight by eating a sensible balanced diet and exercising. Gaining and losing weight causes changes in the breasts. Gaining weight causes the breasts to enlarge, and the skin stretches. When you lose weight, the breast skin can look stretched and the breasts often appear empty and have a saggy appearance. Eat plenty of vegetables, lean protein and whole grains and stay away from junk food to maintain your figure. Walking for an hour or 30 minutes of aerobics every other day helps keep your metabolism up and your weight steady.
Exercise to build pectoral muscles, which gives the appearance of firmer breasts. Strength-training exercises that effectively tone the pectorals include push-ups and chest presses with a set of dumbbells.
Pay attention to your posture. Poor posture causes breasts to droop, while good posture lifts the breasts up. Look at your breasts in a mirror while you stand with poor posture and again while you stand with good posture and notice how much higher your breasts sit when you're standing straight. Make sure your back is straight, your shoulders are back and your head is level. If you find it tiring to stand and sit with your back straight, improve your posture by strengthening your core muscles, including your abs and back. Pilates and yoga target the core muscles, as do traditional moves such as crunches and the plank pose.
Use sunscreen daily. Overexposure to damaging ultraviolet rays contributes to the loss of elastin and collagen that keep skin firm. Slather on a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to any exposed areas of your chest.
Eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids to keep the connective tissue and skin healthy to help slow the signs of breast sagging. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables contains the antioxidants necessary for healthy skin, so e,at dark vegetables and colorful fruits which are higher in antioxidant content. Fluids hydrate the skin and connective tissue, so drink at least six 8 oz. glasses of water, green tea or 100-percent juice a day.
Stop smoking. Dr. Bahman Guyuron from Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland was quoted in Visual News, saying smoking reduces collagen formation, causing collagen degradation and reduced skin circulation. In addition, nicotine reduces skin thickness. All these factors make skin lose elasticity and cause premature aging, leading to saggier breasts.
- Oprah.com: Beauty and the Bust: Five Ways to Keep the Girls Happy and Healthy
- Busting Out: Putting Your Best Breasts Forward; Shirley Archer
- PubMed: Smoking Affects Collagen Synthesis and Extracellular Matrix Turnover in Human Skin
- Visual News: Can You Tell Which of These Identical Twins Smoked Longer?