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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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CAN I GET A BREAST REDUCTION AND UPLIFT ON THE NHS AS IM SO DEPRESSED AND MY BACK IS AGONY AS I ALSO HAVE ALOT OF THINGS WRONG WITH MY BACK.





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I am an overweight 22 year old and my bra size is a 40GG. My breast usually have a bounce to them, they feel full and look great even without a bra. Recently, I have noticed that they have sagged a lot, they feel very squishy and no longer have a bounce to them. What is going on?





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Hello, I am 18 years old and have always had saggy breasts, I am a 34F and have large nipples. I have always had big breasts- at 14 I was 34DD. I'm only a size 10/12. It's really affecting my mental health and I can't have a normal sexual relationship with my long term boyfriend because of it. Can anyone recommend anything to help the saggyness without going under th knife?





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I'm 43 and have lost 3st in 5 months and my boobs have just deflated leaving me with skin it's ugly I hate it and it makes me more depressed than I am already what can I do ...help.





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I'm 22 and I'm 36E, and when I'm not wearing a bra my breast hurt a lot due to the fact that they are heavy and they I don't have great skin in terms of elasticity. My nipple are practically pointing south and I've tried excersising to help lift them but nothing seems to be doing the trick. I don't have a lot of confidence in my body and to show anyone my imperfections. I doubt I have enough money for something to be done about it cosmetic wise, so I was wondering if there was anyway which I could feel no pain without a bra, a way of retaining some elasticity in my skin, being more confident about myself but also to show others what I've been scared and ashamed of showing.





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I'm 19 years old and every since i was 16 I've had really saggy breasts. It's not only an embarrassing thing to happen this young but it's effecting my mental health too. There's not one minute of the day my breasts don't cross my mind - whether people can tell etc. It's starting to become a huge problem for me as I suffer from depression and anxiety. I'm not able to have sexual relationships anymore and I have lost all confidence in myself. I'm too scared to go to my GP again because last time I cried a lot and instead of being helpful she had a little laugh at me. I'm not wealthy enough to afford even one breast lifted and neither is my family. I also I don't know if i fit the criteria for a free lift on the NHS. Please could someone offer me any advice at all on what to do - it sounds silly but it's starting to ruin my life.





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Hello my name is Alison I'm 18 year old and I have got saggy tits and it really hurts my back and I can't tell any of My family because they won't understand me or anything I'm scared and people take the piss out of me saying saggy tits and I don't want to go to doctors or anything





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I have s spot like sore on my nipple puss comes out and is very painful





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Hey, I'm Ellie and age 20. I have only really just noticed that my boobs are really saggy and far apart. I have only noticed due to starting to have a sex life and this makes me feel depressed about my breasts I have spoken to some of my Girly friends and they have boobs that have a perfect structure. I have been thinking about surgery but I wanted to ask if anybody has any tips on how I can help by this not going though surgery





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Dear Ellie, Hello my name is Pauline and I'm 51 years old. At a very young age I was aware that my breast were very saggy, I was completely obsessed with trying to improve the appearance of my breast with different creams and excercises for most of my teenage and early adult life. Unfortunately none worked for me! I then spent many years were foam/gel filled padding in my bras, appearance wise it was fine but when I took my bra off I was back to looking at my sagging breast! At age 33 I decided to have a breast augmentation. After speaking to my doctor I was referred to a very good cosmetic surgeon who did the operation...he was very good and did a great job! I'm sure your expecting me to say that the life was changed for the better....unfortunately that was not the case for me...It had the opposite effect I was now so conscious of having the implants and felt that they looked really unnatural and felt so alien in my body, they've never felt apart of me! I was constantly aware of them!! I totally regretted having the operation. For me the look and feel of the implants are so unnatural ....I spend more time trying to cover them than showing them I was so conscious of them!! I'm happy to say that after 15years of them I'm having them removed this year!!! I I'm married to a wonderful man who is fully supportive and has always loved me they way I was before. I can honestly say that has a older and wiser person that it was my own insecurity issues about my body that lead to me been so obsessed with my breast. None of my previous partners had any problems with them! It was just me having to learn to except what I was born with! I know it sounds like a old clique but you have to love yourself has you have been created NOONE is made perfect! So please think long and hard before you consider having the operation.

I am 19 and I have really saggy boobs with large nipples and I just feel so ashames I cannot have a normal sexual activitys due to embarrassment and disgust, I cannot accept the way I am and I just want some advice on what I can do as I cannot afford cosmetic surgery





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