As a teen I was a 32B, I was athletic back then with a very low % of body fat. I am now 30 and lost appx 30 lbs in the last year. I'm nearly back at my teenage weight and now an A cup. My body fat % today is quite a bit higher now, so this doesn't make any sense to me.
What Would Cause my Breasts to Shrink?
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What would cause my breasts to shrink?
There are several factors that contribute to the reduction of breast size such as hormonal changes, pregnancies and fluctuation in weight. Keep in mind that fluctuation of your breast size due to the occurrences mentioned earlier eventually lead to the decrease of elasticity of your skin, thereby leaving your breasts to sag. I hope you found this information to be helpful.
What makes breasts become smaller?
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Pregnancy, Weight Loss or Gain, Breastfeeding, Menopause, Hormones all Cause Breast Size to Fluctuate
Breast size is impacted by a large number of variables and for this reason can change throughout a woman’s life. Pregnancy, weight loss, weight gain, breast feeding, menopause, hormone replacement, and normal aging can all significantly effect the size of the breasts.
Two major components contribute to a women’s breast volume. These include the fat within the breast and the actual breast tissue itself. With normal aging, women tend to lose breast tissue. When this happens women often lose breast volume and develop breast sag. This may even occur in the presence of increased body fat.
Under these circumstances, women are often unhappy with the appearance of their breasts. When this scenario arises breast augmentation and possibly breast lift are excellent therapeutic options. If you’re concerned about loss of breast volume, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate. This surgeon should be able to formulate an appropriate treatment plan.
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Change in breast size
If you have adequate body fat, you may be a good candidate for fat transfer (taking fat cells from one part of your body and moving them to the breast).
Fat has a tendency to act as a reservoir for estrogen and estrogen like substances. Weight loss can not only cause the fat in the breast to atrophy but also result in loower estrogen levels which stimulate or maintain breast growth.
Body weight, breast composition and breast size
The breast is composed of glandular tissue and fat. What we see as breast size from the outside is a combination of these 2 components. As women age the fat contribution increases and the gland contribution decreases. If these do not match the breasts can become smaller or larger as the case maybe. This is independent of weight gain or loss unless the loss or gain is excessive. In your case the gland portion decreased without a commensurate increase in fat contribution even though your total body fat percent is greater. That increased fat was just placed in other areas of the body, not the breasts.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.