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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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im 14 years old and i have quite large breasts for my age, i'm 34D. My breasts sag a lot and its quite embarrassing and is really affecting my confidence. I've tried push up bras and smaller sizes to make them sag less, but nothing works. Any tips on what to do?





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I'm 17 and ever since I can remember developing I've had saggy boobs, it is the most embarrassing thing ever. I'm not a confident person anyway and my boobs are just always on my mind. It sounds pathetic but I cry over them because they are so horrific to look at and I'd never want a partner to see them because I know they'd be disappointed. I also have rather large nipples also which makes it worse. I hate boobs.





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Hi im 24 years old, I suffer from sever depression and agoraphobia.. I have a very low self esteem and my boobs have a huge impact on my life.. I jsed to be a 34F and now im wearinf a 34 c bra but not even filling the cup prolerly. I have done everythig I can to try and get them back, Have been drs, psychologists and I get the same answer, Eat more, excercise, eat the right things.. Its killing me, I hate the way I look, I hate anyone seeing my breats even my fiancè :( Someone please help





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Hi I'm 17years old I had my first child when I was 15 and since then there have gone saggy and I don't feel comforable at all I'm ashamed of my hole body Need help?





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I had my daughter 4 years ago but my tummy muscles have gone and it's really embarrassing it smells and makes me feel awful please help





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I'm 17 years old and I've always been kind of chubby, but I've lost some weight and my breasts seem to sag lower than most teenagers, I know this is probably caused with the weight loss but I hate them so much, I don't let my boyfriend see them at all, also my areolas are much bigger than they should be, is there anything I can do to stop the sagging in future?





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Im 14 and only a 34B, so my boobs are tiny, but that sag. Im so confused. They don't look nice, im not having sex yet but it's embarrassing:/ also, i have really big, puffy nipples. My boobs look horrible:( is this normal?





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Hi I'm 32 with 6 kidz. Before I had my first at 19 I was 6yrs of suffering badly with anorexia, once I fell pregnant I I went up 7 dress sizes and to a 36 EE cup bra. I've breast fed all 6 of them for 6mths-10mths, I'm now left with 2 pockets of empty skin where my breasts once were. I can't keep a bar down cos they rise across my nipple area which causes a lot of pain, sometimes a discharge as well. The only way I feel a little comfort is to wear gel filled bras they still rise but little less pain. I can not, not wear a bra cos I'm only a size 32A cup & I don't feel like the woman As I have no shape. My self a steam is a all time low. I've been with my husband 18yrs & he says he loves me for me & not what I look like, but this something I need to get sorted for me, for my health & my family, cos I'm scared of breast cancer because of how my bar lays across my nipples. Plz any advice is well appreciated





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I'm 18 years old I had a baby at 17 before my pregnancy I was a size 8 with a F cup I gained a lot of weight in my pregnancy and was a size 14 after I gave birth I lost the weight rapidly without dieting or exercise although I'm left with baggy skin on my stomach and my boobs has shrunk about to about a b but they are really saggy there's pretty much nothing there but loose wrinkle skin when I lay down my nipple sinks in to my boob and I can pull the skin of my boob to about 3 inches I've tried loads of different types of bras and none of them support my boobs I feel really depressed by them and its effecting my sex life with my partner as I dint feel comfortable I have boobs like a 80 year old woman is there anything I can do to get them back to normal?





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I'm 17 and have 2 young babies, my Breast have shrunk and are very saggy, its causing me major depression and I have no self confidence what-so-ever, I was just wondering how to go about getting Breast implants and a Breast lift, how would I pay for it, and how soon could I get it done, my depression is making it hard to bond with my babies, please help





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