If you feel like your breasts are begin to droop, don't be alarmed. Sagging of the breasts happens at some stage to most women. This usually occurs in adulthood, particularly in menopause. While sagging of teenage breasts is infrequent, some teenage girls, especially those who have large breasts or exercise frequently, might notice more sagging. Preventing the worsening of sagging breasts is much easier than treating it. If you notice your breasts are beginning to sag prematurely, don't panic because several options are available to you.
Normal Breast Shape
According to the Ohio State University Medical Center, breast growth develops in five stages. Beginning before puberty, the breast will develop from a raised nipple, the breast will become raised and will grow glandular tissue until the breast fills out to an adult breast. Breast shape and size depends on body weight, genetics and hormones, so breast shape varies from woman to woman.
Causes of Sagging
Sagging, also known as ptosis, occurs when the elasticity skin of the breast is put under pressure from vigorous exercise or the weight of the breast itself. According to an article published by the Division of Plastic Surgery in the University of Kentucky, Lexington, a single cause does not cause breast sagging. Weight loss, smoking, large breasts and pregnancy are all possible causes of ptosis.
Weight gain or weight loss can cause the breast to sag. Eating healthful food throughout your teen years can help to prevent the breasts from becoming too large. Maintaining a healthy weight will also mean that you are less likely to lose weight at a rapid rate, which can also lead to sagging. A decent bra is a good investment and will give your bosoms a good shape and lift. Go to a lingerie store to be measured as soon as possible and get measured regularly as your breasts grow to ensure that you are wearing the correct size. Wear a bra at all times except when you are sleeping. If you play sports, a good sports bra can prevent sagging caused by vigorous exercise. The Hospital for Special Surgery recommends that breasts should not spill over the cup, should be tight without constricting air flow and not ride up at the back.
Breast hypertrophy, the over-enlargement of the breast, can cause one or both breasts to grow to a large size, disproportionate to body type or weight. In adolescence, this is known as "juvenile" or "virginal" breast hypertrophy. The breasts grow in size and weight and can cause self-esteem and pain problems. The vast weight of the bosoms may cause the elasticity of the skin to become weakened, causing the breast to sag. Breast reduction is often advised in cases of hypertrophy.
If your breasts give you back pain, make sports difficult or uncomfortable, or seem to be out of proportion to the rest of your body, contact your family doctor. Even without the presence of hypertrophy, some women have naturally larger chests that are prone to sagging.
The appearance of your breasts can be improved with a good quality, uplifting bra. Do not be taken in by advertisements of oils, vitamins and exercises that claim to be able to improve your breasts. Exercise can strengthen the pectoral muscles but will not return your breasts to their former "perkiness." According to the University of Michigan Health System, sagging breasts can be improved by breast implantation. Further surgery might be required if the breast is exceptionally drooping and a breast uplift may also be performed. Weigh all the options before you decide on cosmetic surgery. While the droop might be taken out of your breasts with these surgeries, be aware that both surgeries will leave scars. All surgeries carry risks, so it might be worth seeing a counselor to see whether the problem is more with your self-esteem than your breasts. Consult a physician before embarking on any cosmetic surgery.
- The Ohio State University Medical Center: Normal Breast Development
- "Annals of Plastic Surgery" ; Breast Ptosis -- Causes and Cure ; Rinker, Brian MD, FACS, Veneracion, Melissa BS, Walsh, Catherine P. BS
- Hospital for Special Surgery: Choosing a Sports Bra
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists -- Committee on Adolescent Health Care: Breast Concerns in the Adolescent
- University of Michigan Health System: Patient Information on Breast Augmentation Surgery