Breast Lifting Exercises

My breasts are starting to droop more as I get older. Are there any exercises I can do to lift my breasts? Will working on my pectoral muscles help?

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Breast Lifting Exercises

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There are no breast lifting exercises that truly help to lift sagging breasts. It would require an operative intervention such a breastlift (mastopexy) or a breast augmentation/mastopexy.

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Exercises to avoid a breast lift.

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Thank you for your question.  I see a similar question frequently when it comes from the abdomen.  Most of my patients want to know what they can do to tighten loose breasts and abdominal skin after childbearing.  The the short and unfortunate answer is not much.

After childbearing the skin of the breast as well as the abdomen lose their elasticity.  Diet and exercise unfortunately cannot regain that lost skin tension.

The paradox of exercising, which I strongly encourage is that it will lead to less body fat which will ultimately further loosen the skin of the breast as well as the abdomen.  So paradoxically, patients who do everything right often wind up getting even looser.

If you work on your pecks enough you will diminish your body fat and get looser.

You may wish to see a board certified plastic surgeon who can at least give you options.


Hope this helps.

Adam Tattelbaum, MD
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
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Exercises Don't Lift a Sagging Breast

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Unfortunately exercises do not lift the breast.

Exercising the pectoral muscles can reshape the chest, but will have no effect on breast position and little or no effect on breast shape.

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Breast exercises for sagging breasts

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Thanks for your question.

Unfortunately, there are no exercises to stop or reverse breast droop. Breast ptosis (sag) can be caused by time or changes in breast size (through breast feeding or weight loss). These factors cause the elasticity of the skin and the Cooper's ligaments (internal supporting structures that keep the breast perky) to decrease. This leads to breast sagging.

There is no exercise that will reverse or prevent this. Exercise only helps the underlying pectoralis muscle but will not improve the sag of the breasts.

I hope this helps!

Breast Lift

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It would be great if there were some kind of exercise, magic wand or cream that could perk up the breasts. From the surgical standpoint, the best option for lifting the breasts is either a breast augmentation and/or a breast lift. Sometime a combination of the two procedures will provide the best results possible.

Joshua Kreithen, M.D.
Sarasota, FL

Joshua Kreithen, MD
Sarasota Plastic Surgeon
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Good luck

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No exercise will help. The breast does not have muscle to bulk up. The pectoral muscle will not make your breast bigger if it gets bigger.See a plastic surgeon to understand options.

William C. Rigano, MD
Dayton Plastic Surgeon
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No breast lifting exercises

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There are no exercises that can significantly lift sagging breasts. Developing your chest muscles (pecs) can maybe help a tiny bit, but that improvement won't be as noticeable as you'd like. Also, exercise will shed fat, and that will just  increase your sagging.

Chest exercise will not significantly improve breast sagging.

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Routine exercise to strengthen and enlarge the pectorals muscles may slightly increase the fullness of your chest, but it is unlikely to significantly correct breast sagging.  A good percentage of my breast lift and augmentation patients are very muscular and fit, including professional body builders.  However, even these dedicated patients have decided that they need a surgical procedure such as a breast lift and/or augmentation to improve their appearance.

Doesn't help

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Exercise and a healthy diet can do wonders for toning muscles and improving overall health but cannot affect breast skin. Building muscle bulk can help to tighten skin in other areas of the body, but, currently only plastic surgery is capable of reducing breast skin laxity.

Exercise will not lift the breasts

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Unfortunately exercise will not lift the breast.  Sagging is from excess skin.  Breast lift can give you a beautiful outcome. Sometimes implants alone are enough. Either way there is no nonsurgical method for breast lift.

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