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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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Hey I have had my breast sagged since i was 14yrs old please what can I do about it. It is affecting my life. Please what can I do without going under knife.





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I am 25 years old and have two children, breast fed with both. I was at my heaviest at 11 stone lost the majority of it and stayed at 6.5 stone after my two babies. My breast are hiddious I won't look at them nor take my bra off I front my partner I absolutely hate and wish I could just clout them away myself. I have gone down from a E cup to a small B and all I have is skin nothing filling them, also one hangs Lower than the other. It's completely ruined my sexual relationship with my partner and I am losing more weight through the depression of what's on my chest and with having a golf sized Bartholin cyst down below and also not being able to naturally lubricate. I don't know what's happens but I can't stand what I have and the fact of what I have doesn't even work





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How can I deal with a large breast n small body waist,cos it gives me a lot of backpain have been on ibrofen drug b4 my gp refer me to physiotherapy BT no changes. Am using bravissimo 34k n panache 32k any help pls.





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I'm 30 yes old suffering 4rm backache cos of d weigh of my breast,my gp has refer me to a physio BT no changes,am using bravissimo34k breastfeeding is so tough for me dat I have to stop it when my baby is 4mth n making use of breastpump.I got a low body waist with large n heavy breast, through dis I lost my self esteem, I always ashamed to dress in front of my husband talk less of swimming,it may sound silly BT its ruining my life.





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I'm 33 years old and have breasts that are more than drooping and shapeless get wingers of pain on and off. it's been like this for a long time and is now worse and is now afecting my mental state of mind and my relationship as I don't want him to Dutch them as I hate them so much please help





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Hi I am 18 years of age and I have had saggy breast since the age of 12 pretty much since I started to get my breast I've never been over 9 stone so I am pretty skinny, my breasts are only a 34 C so they aren't to big. I want to know if there is any reason to this and if there is anything I could do to fix it?





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I'm 19 years old, when I was born I caught a infection from My mother which lead my breast to develop. I never really understood it because I find it embarrassing to ask my mum. Ever since I was little I always had tiny breasts, I don't know if this is the reason why Now I have saggy breasts. I'm too embarrassed to take my bra off because they have no bounce, my nipples face down to the ground or touch my tummy. Is there anything I can do? Anything to gain any confidence back? :(





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I went to my doctors as after 5 children and weight loss due to domestic violence my breast have lost weight and are saggy... my doctor sent me to see a surgeon who says she would be willing to do my surgery and would be writing to my doctors to support my application for funding along with photos she had taken I just wanted to know how long is the process from seeing the surgeon to applying for funding through my doctor to having the surgery if given the funding?





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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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