Unfortunately, breast sag is almost impossible to avoid. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, genetics, and the normal aging process can all result in a loss of tissue elasticity. As collagen, an important building block of youthful skin, is slowly depleted, breast tissue can deflate.
That being said, however, not all breast sag is completely out of your control. In fact, you actually may be responsible for some avoidable breast droop. Every day, without thinking about it, you may be causing your boobs to sink further down your chest. Are you guilty of any of the follow?
Most women have tried some sort of diet during their adult years, even cutting calories dramatically on a regular basis. While going up or down five to ten pounds is more frustrating than damaging, crash diets that result in a 30 pound or more weight loss, can prove punishing on your breasts. Every time you gain weight, breast tissue expands. As the pounds are lost, this breast tissue becomes increasingly slack, like a deflated balloon or old pair of panty hose. Eventually, the breasts will droop as their support system is eliminated.
The list of health risks from smoking is a long one, but most women do not think about damaging their breasts with cigarettes. Smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict, which results in a lack of oxygen to the tissues. Even infrequent smokers can see a decrease in their tissue’s elasticity from the bad habit. “Any amount of smoking weakens and ages the skin by decreasing the blood supply to the skin surface,” says Dr. Michael Edwards, President of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
Overlooking the Sunscreen:
Daily sunscreen will protect, among other things, the skin’s natural supply of collagen, giving tissues a healthy tautness. No sunscreen, and exposure to the sun’s UV rays, can lead to sagging tissues and premature wrinkling. However, this process is not unique to the face. The tender tissues of the decolletage and chest can also sag from sun exposure. Sunscreen should be worn on any skin exposed to the harmful rays of the sun.
A Bra Without Adequate Support:
Gravity is a primary foe of the breast, but can be easily counteracted with a supportive bra. A thin bra, like a sports bra, may accentuate youthful breasts, but will often do little to support chest tissue. The constant movement and pull on the breasts can cause the skin to stretch and collagen stores to breakdown. To avoid this, consider having a custom bra fitting at a favorite local boutique or lingerie store. This will make sure your bra has the correct fit, and adequate support, to protect your breasts for years to come.
Dr. Paul Vitenas is Houston’s number one breast augmentation surgeon, with close to 25 years of experience. If you have questions or concerns about the rejuvenating affects of a breast augmentation, schedule a consultation at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery by calling (281) 407-7428. We look forward to hearing from you.