Sagging Breasts: 5 Boob Myths Busted!
Amy Spagnola on 12 May 2014 at 3:20pm
Are push-ups and presses at the gym the key to restoring saggy breasts to their perky past? Though there are lots (and lots and lots) of "exercises" and contraptions that claim to strengthen the chest and surrounding muscles, nothing short of surgery will help droopy boobs revert to their former upright and youthful glory. Sorry if that's not what you wanted to hear, ladies! Below we debunk the five biggest saggy boob myths, so without further ado...
Myth 1: Pectoral exercises like bench pressing will thwart the droop.
While these exercises can definitely enhance tone, they can’t change the shape or positioning of the breasts. The truth is, a breast lift is the only viable option for returning breasts to their previous height.
Myth 2: Breasts droop because of too much bouncing around.
Breasts sag because supporting ligaments and skin stretch out over time, not because you've been killin' it in your Zumba classes. Oh, and hello, gravity!
Myth 3: Breast size stays constant throughout a woman’s lifetime.
Not true! In addition to pregnancy and breast-feeding, breast size can increase or decrease with hormonal, weight, and lifestyle changes.
Myth 4. Implants alone will give you lift.
Unfortunately, this isn't the case, but we'll let a professional tackle this one. Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Rand says, "Fullness comes from an implant. If you go with an implant alone — or put one above the muscle trying to get a lift without doing a lift — you will be disappointed in the final shape." In other words, only a lift will give you a lift. Go figure!
Myth 5: Creams, potions, lotions, and supplements can restore breast firmness and perkiness.
Relax, don't do it! Orlando plastic surgeon Dr. Armando Soto pleads, “Please, please, please don't waste any of your time or money on creams, 'all natural supplements,' or exercise routines that promise to give you beautiful breasts.”
So even if your breasts look as though they’ve been run through a pasta press, their sag is a natural part of the aging process that can't be fixed with something you receive OTC. Dr. Soto explains, “Breasts sag over time because the support structure (composed of the skin and connective tissue within the breast) loses integrity. There is no cream, vitamin, or exercise that will restore this lost integrity.”
So what can you do to keep perky breasts perky?
- Invest in a properly fitted bra
- Keep your weight stable — fluctuation can lead to sagging
- Sleep on your back, and avoid putting too much weight on your front side
- Keep breasts moisturized and always use sunscreen
- Maintain good posture
- Exercise regularly
The key to this woman's video is that she says breasts will appear larger, not get larger:
Know any more saggy breast myths? Share them in the comments below!
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