Over time, women can expect some degree of breast ptosis, or sagging. Aging, pregnancy and menopause are well-known factors that contribute to the gradual loosening of breast skin and eventual sagginess. However, there are other everyday factors that may be hurting or helping the appearance of your breasts. Here, Ohio Plastic Surgeons reveals some of the surprising everyday habits that may cause your breasts to sag.
Research shows that smoking can be harmful to the skin, including the skin on the breasts. Smoking weakens and ages skin by decreasing oxygen supply and nutrients to the skin. Smoking also breaks down elastin, a protein that keeps skin firm and elastic.
The wrong bra size won’t keep the breasts in place properly, while a bra with not enough support will not protect your breasts against bouncing. Proper bra support is especially important if you regularly participate in high-impact activities such as running. A sturdy sports bra can protect breasts during exercise and reduce bouncing.
Breast skin is just as delicate as facial skin, and should be treated the same when it comes to sun protection. Overexposure to UV rays can damage breast skin and stretch collagen, leading to saggy breasts. Before heading outdoors, remember to apply broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
While some weight fluctuation is inevitable, such as during pregnancy or menopause, repeatedly losing or gaining a large amount of weight can contribute to sagging breast. Avoid “crash” diets that cause you to lose a large amount of weight in a short amount of time.
Avoiding these habits can in turn help you avoid saggy breasts; however, the only proven way to achieve perkier breasts is breast lift surgery. Breast lift surgery repositions and reshapes the breast to a higher position on the chest, resulting in a natural and younger look.
As a leader in plastic surgery in Columbus, Dr. Steven Robinson of Ohio Plastic Surgeons has performed hundreds of breast lifts and knows that no two procedures or patients are the same. Before your surgery, Dr. Robinson will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your desired goals and options. If you’re interested in learning more about our breast lift procedure, schedule a personal consultation today by calling (614) 326-4661.
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