5 Myths Revealed About Sagging Breasts
Amy Spagnola on 5 Dec 2012 at 10:00am
Are push-ups and presses at the gym the key to restoring breasts to their perky past? Though there are lots of rumored exercises and contraptions said to strengthen the chest and surrounding muscles, nothing short of surgery will allow sagging breasts to revert to their former upright and youthful glory.
Myth 1: Pectoral exercises like bench pressing will thwart the droop. While these exercises can enhance tone, they can’t change the shape or positioning of the breasts. A breast lift is the only viable option for returning breasts to their previous elevation.
Myth 2: Breasts droop because of too much bouncing. Breasts sag because supporting ligaments and skin stretch out over time.
Myth 3: Breast size stays constant throughout a woman’s lifetime. Breast size results from hormonal, weight and lifestyle changes in addition to pregnancy and breast-feeding
Myth 4. Implants alone will give you lift. "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." -- Seattle Plastic Surgeon Dr. Richard Rand
Myth 5: Creams, potions, lotions and supplements can restore breast firmness and perkiness. Orlando Plastic Surgeon Dr. Armando Soto says, “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 breasts look as though they’ve been on one too many trampolines, their sag is a natural part of the aging process, as the ligaments and tissue are impacted by gravity and other factors like breast-feeding.
According to Dr. Soto, “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.”
What can you do to maintain breasts as perky as a morning talk show host?
- Invest in a properly fitted bra
- Keep your weight stable – fluctuation can lead to sagging
- Sleep on your back -- avoid putting too much weight on your front side
- Keep breasts moisturized and always use sunscreen
- Maintain good posture
- Exercise regularly
And if and when the girls do head south, don't hesitate to nab a really great push-up bra if you're not ready for surgery.
The key to this woman's video is that she says breasts will appear larger, not get larger:
Photo credit: lululemon athletica on flickr.com
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