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Sagging Breasts

Sagging breasts

For many years women have believed that breast-feeding their ‘bundle of joy’ has cruelly robbed them of their once buoyant breasts. One second they’re there – in all their full, gravity-defying glory – and then after much suckling and several disarming toothless smiles, they’re gone! However, myth-busting US scientists have revealed that, while ageing, smoking, and getting pregnant in the first place, can lead to sagging breasts (or breast ptosis), nine months of breastfeeding a baby will not add to the droop. Smoking breaks down a protein in the skin called elastin, which makes skin look young and supports the breast, and pregnancy has negative effects that increase with each child. Even jogging or exercising without a proper sports bra can lead to sagging, with the uncontrolled movement of the breasts straining fragile tissues and ligaments. But whatever the reason for the things heading south, operations such as a mastopexy (breast uplift) can put some bounce back in your life – but always seek advice from your GP.

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I'm 21. I have had one child 5 years ago. My breasts weren't all up where they were meant to be in the first place but I ballooned and my breasts grew to a h cup. I am now a C and I have to wear extremely padded bras to push them up to where they should be. I tried getting my nipples pierced in the hope it would make them erect all the time and therefore would improve the overall look but no.. They are flat on the top and very little fullness at the bottom and hang very low with a very large gap between them. I cant wear bikinis and I can't wear bras that aren't designed to give a boob job effect. What do I do? I feel like an old woman.





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I'm 17 with 36FF and i have so much access skin above my breasts they sag dramatically.I had to use steriods for a skin condition and this has thinned the skin on my chest. Is there anything i can do?





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I'm 21 and have 2kids since I gave birth to my youngest last year my boobs dramatically dropped and covered in stretch marks I feel it's disgusting I feel like in living in an old woman's body even my 55year old mums boobs aren't as saggy as mine! It's really getting me down and to the extent my partner doesn't get to see me without my top on for over a year. I can't look at them without crying please someone tell me there's somethig I can do about this I can't take it any longer!





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Hi I'm 15 and around a 34C and my nipples aren't big but they aren't small, but they're more on the bigger side and most of the time they look swollen and that makes my boobs look saggy and ugly but when my nipples are hard they're all (I know this is gross I apoligize if you get grossed out easily) wrinkly, but you can see that my boobs aren't actually saggy. It's wierd I don't really understand it. Can someone please tell me if this will change as I get older? If so, will it be for the better or the worse? I know this is pety issue I should waste my time stressing out but my nipples are making my boobs look saggy and I'm only 15 :(





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Hello. I am 29 and I would like to think I know a lot about boobs. When you have larger than average breasts, which you have, it's really common not to have teeny tiny nipples. I have had large breasts since sophomore year and my nipples are bigger than my smaller breasted friends, and that's perfectly okay! We want to be in proportion, right? I have always felt like when my nipples were not erect my breasts looked unattractive. But the fact is, that's our body! Our partners will always think our boobs are pretty and (hopefully) get those nipples erect anyhow! I wouldn't worry about it. When your nipples do become erect of course they look wrinkly! Everyone's do! A larger area of skin is now inhabiting a smaller surface area. This is normal and sexy! They pucker just like your lips when you make a kissy face. Take my advice with a grain of salt, but I used to be very sensitive about my breasts as well and I have heard 1,000 times "you have the most unbelievable rack" lol I'm always like "REALLY?" Everyone is uncomfortable with their body.

My breasts have had a huge impact on my life, ever since i started developing my breats they have headed down south, it ha knocked my confidence back for six and being 18 ive always just wanted to feel normal and not a freak, my breasts have effected past relationships and often resulted in name calling and hurtful words, it has upset me and often the sagging causes back pain and distress, please can you help me!.





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Hey I am 22 years old with one child and have never been happy with my boobs my nipples are huge compared to my boobs but since having my son my boobs are covered in stretch marks even underneath the breast they look awful there is no elasticity in my boobs when I lay down you can see my boobs sink almost inwards there are really saggy I can't even pluck up the courage to see my gp Because I'm so embarrassed and don't want them to think I'm just any girl trying to get a free boob job but the reality is this problem is really starting to ruin my life I can't be intimate In my relationships and when I try I just end up going stiff and then end up in tears please help ! X





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Hi I'm 18 years old, I lost a lot of weight. Before lost weight my boobs were sagging, but nowhere as bad as they are now. They've shrunk, stretched and I have a lot of stretch marks all over and on my breasts, and theres a lot of excess skin and I very rarely take my bra off, I cant wear certain things and if I do I usually roll up a pair of socks and stuff them down my bra for the lift and for the firmness. Even with a sports bra they come out and I usually have to wear a normal bra with a sports bra. I'm incredibly insecure about them, they're making everything I do a task. I'm just wondering what I could do to get them right again or would I have to have surgery (which I am prepared to do). Thank you!





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Hello I'm 19 years old I'm a 32 ff and my boobs are sagging I have excess skin and I really don't know what to do but I really feel insurcure





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Hey I'm only 21 years old and I have recently been diagnosed with an eating disorder I have lost tons of weight which has now left me with horrible breasts I used to be a 34DD I now don't even fit in a B cup the problem I have now is I'm just left with loose skin and it's disgusting I have even tried getting fitted for a proper bra and nothing fits correctly as I have nothing but sagged skin I wouldn't be as upset if I was older but the fact I'm 21 and have the body of someone 50 years older than me makes me severely depressed it's enough with having to deal with an eating disorder let alone looking as terrible as what I do :/





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I totally get it. I wish i didnt. Being told oh well itl happen anyway isnt the answer, like u i have a history of eds. Funny enough i though thought id feel better bout myself. Got told losing weight after after long time of over eating was a magic bullet. Hahaha. Just as damaged mentally as when ana mia and body now screwed to look at. Thanks docs.

It happens to us all......money is the only fix on this one ladies :(





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