One of the unfortunate realities of aging for women is that breasts begin sagging. Skin loses its elasticity and gravity’s pull overcomes the perkiness of youthful breasts. This process accelerates for women who have children because pregnancy stretches the skin and ligaments that help create a lifted appearance. Moms are probably the most common breast lift patients at my Columbia, MO, practice.
Perhaps because there’s plenty of interest in postponing the inevitable sagging, misconceptions tend to persist in what causes breasts to droop and how breast lift surgery can help restore a more youthful look. Below, I’ll address 5 common myths.
Myth 1: Creams and supplements can increase the perkiness of your breasts.
Reality: You can find plenty of products on Amazon and at your local cosmetics store that promise to lift and firm sagging breasts. Certain creams include ingredients such as Retin-A, which helps rebuild the skin cells by aiding the formation of collagen, and moisturizing agents that plump up your skin when applied claim to make breasts firmer. The fact remains, however, that only cosmetic surgery can reliably restore a youthful perkiness.
Myth 2: Chest exercises can keep your breasts perky.
Reality: Regular exercise should be part of your life for a number of reasons, but it won’t help keep your breasts looking youthful. Chest exercises strengthen the pectoral muscles but do nothing for the skin and breast tissue.
Myth 3: Wearing a bra helps prevent your breasts from sagging.
Reality: This comes as a surprise to many women, but wearing a bra doesn’t help stop breasts from sagging. Bras support your breasts and may create the shape and look you want, but that’s their only benefit. Sports bras are an exception because running and other high-impact exercises that cause breasts to bounce up and down can gradually break down connective tissue.
Myth 4: Breastfeeding causes sagging breasts.
Reality: Nope, but it does seem like cause and effect to breastfeeding moms. But the damage that causes breasts to sag occurs during pregnancy, not from breastfeeding. Weight gain during pregnancy cause ligaments to stretch, which leads to drooping later. Limiting weight gain when you’re pregnant can help minimize sagging.
Myth 5: Breast implants reduce sagging.
Reality: Breast implants increase the size of breasts and can improve their shape. But that’s it. In fact, in some cases, breast implants can actually increase how much the breasts sag. Patients considering breast augmentation, especially after having children, can benefit from combining a breast lift with implants to create beautiful results.
If you’ve been considering breast lift surgery, you can visit the gallery of before-and-after photos showing the results for some of my patients. You can also learn more about the procedure by contacting us using the online form to request a consultation, or call us at (573) 443-5500 to schedule an appointment.