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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 am 22 years old & from the age I started developing my boobs have always headed south. Growing up with my older sister & her's being perky & normal I've always felt really self conscious about them. Can you recommend any alternative treatments without resorting to surgery? It would be a great help as I've lived with them all my life & they just keep getting worse as does my self esteem. I am currently in a relationship and hate undressing in front of him because of my boobs. Please help.





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I too have saggy boobs. They've always been droopy and horrible but now I've lost just over a stone they seem worse. I feel really bad now as am worried I'll be stuck will horrible boobs forever unless I have surgery, which really isn't an option as a) I can't afford it and b) I want to have kids one day and I understand a boob lift means you wouldn't be able to breast feed.





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I'm 26 I have 2 children I have an 8 year old and a 5 month who was born 8 weeks early Iam a 32a and have had boobs like a 13 year for all my life I was bullied both in and out of school I never went out of the house would always stay in my room and cry for hours and after having 2 kids I thought this would have changed them I have none what so ever I've tried every were and just simply haven't got the money to have implants I've been put on anti depressions because of this I hate my body the way I look I don't ever wanna leave the house I still feel like I'm 13 done don't know what else to try





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I'm 13 I wear a 36D and have saggy breast most females up here are to age they would have saggy breast but I'm so young where did things go wrong (note). Big breast runs in the fam.





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Hello I am 22 and have always had big breasts size DD/E however my boobs have never been upright and now after having my second child they have shrunk to about a D and I have alot of excess skin/sagging. This is realy embarassing for me, I won't even undress around my partner of 5years and feel to embarresed to go to the doctors please help.





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Well im about to have baby number 3 , by baby number 1... I had sagging of the breast from being an A cup to going to C cup bra size, I hate my breast because they sag, is there anyone out their whos done something other than surgrey, and saw an improvement in their boobs





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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.





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