Are There Strategies to Slow Down the Process of Breast Drooping?

For example: wearing sports bras to bed, sleeping on your side, taking vitamins to give the ligaments more nutrients, applying lotions with collagen, etc.

Doctor Answers 7

Avoid the sag!

Thanks for the question.  The biggest culprit in breast droop is your genetics.  If you were "blessed" with large breasts, they will not stay perky over time.  Skin aging, time and gravity will make them settle. The 2nd culprit is weight fluctuations.  Whether you waffle 10 lbs up and down, or pregnancy with larger weight gains and losses, your breasts respond to these weight changes.  You gain fat, your skin enlarges to accomodate the weight and fat - you may even get stretch marks.  When you then lose the weight or fat, your skin does NOT go away and your breasts will sag.  Some approaches that will help are wearing good bras to prevent gravity working too hard on them, and maintaining a steady weight.  There are no magic potions.  Save your money for good bras.

Shreveport Plastic Surgeon
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Slowing down Breast Drooping?

 Thank you for the question.

Breast ptosis is mostly related to genetic factors, weight gain/loss, pregnancy all of which may result in de-creased skin elasticity and the resulting breast changes.

Unfortunately, there are  proven methods to prevent this process.  The best that one can do is to try to maintain a stable weight and support the breasts as much as possible.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Fight breast sag

1. wear a bra during the day.

2. don't go too large when undergoing a breast augmentation.

keeping it the above and gravity may not win.....

Alan Weiss, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Unfortunately, there are no great strategies to minimze the risk of drooping. This is related to so many different factors, like genetics being the most important along with weight fluctuations, size of breasts, etc..

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Wearing a bra may reduce breast sagging

There is little scientifically valid information on which to base an answer to your question, but there is one report from a study of identical twins which found that the one who wore a bra 24/7 had less breast sagging than the one who didn't over a period of many years. It is highly doubtful that taking any sort of supplements or vitamins could make a difference though. Creams containing collagen are a waste of money.

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Preventing the unevitable

Hi Alamosa,

Unfortunately, there is no sure way of slowing down the process of aging. As you know, gravity, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and just the passing of time all play a part in in our bodies changing. If I was going to recommend something, it would be support, support, support! Always wear a bra, wear a sports bra that is snug when you exercise and eat well. I hope this helps, Dr. H

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