Your breasts are a defining feature of your body, and they play an important role in your confidence and comfort. But certain factors can cause them to hang or sag lower than you’d like.
While there are many different plastic surgery techniques to help lift your breasts and provide your body with a more desirable contour, you don’t need an entire surgery to help naturally lift your breasts. In fact, there are plenty of natural and home remedies that might be able to give you the results you’re looking for.
So if your breasts are sagging a bit more than you’d like, don’t dial your plastic surgeon just yet. You might be able to fix it yourself! Here are some natural and home remedies for lifting your breasts.
Why Do Breasts Sag?
As time goes by, you might notice that your breasts aren’t as plump and voluptuous as they once were. This is perfectly normal, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of! But have you ever wondered why exactly this happens? There are a few causes.
Aging: The most common reason that breasts can start to sag is age. As you grow older, the ligaments that make up breast tissue stretch and lose elasticity. This compromises the fullness of your breasts, as the underlying support structures become weaker.
Fluctuations in Weight: As you gain weight, your breasts may stretch with it. If you gain weight and then lose it, your breasts may not be able to adjust to your new body contour on its own, resulting in sagginess and excessive hanging.
Lack of Support: Wearing supportive bras is important for maintaining breast shape and lift. Years of gravitational pull can take its toll, and these help to keep them lifted and upright. Over time, going bra-less often may result in sagging breasts.
Sun: UV rays are damaging for the skin, and frequent sun exposure can contribute to a loss of elasticity too.
Smoking: Cigarettes contain carcinogens that can cause elastin to break down in the body, which are the fibers that support your breasts.
Home Remedies to Lift Breasts
Are sagging breasts weighing you down (both physically and mentally)? You might be able to gain some more confidence in your appearance without ever needing to leave home.
Breasts aren’t made of muscle, but there is a connective tissue underneath that helps to support them. Doing chest exercises may be able to help improve the overall appearance of your chest as a whole.
There are some exercises like running which can actually cause your breasts to sag a little more. However, there are some great chest exercises to help firm your breasts, including:
Dumbbell chest press
Cobra yoga pose
Even if these exercises don’t improve the appearance of your breast, they can still help tone your body and let you lead a healthier lifestyle.
Having a hunched over back can cause your breasts to hang even lower, as they need to hang down further by their own weight. This puts more pressure on the connective tissue and speeds up the natural sagging process.
Having good posture allows your breasts to rest against your chest, decreasing the tension and strain being placed on those same muscles. This can help prevent further damage and hanging from occurring.
Keep your shoulders back and your spine straight. You can even try some spine straightening exercises, such as the cobra pose, to help improve your poor posture.
Having large breasts can weigh down your posterior chain, leading to poor posture that you just can’t help. You might want to consider a breast reduction surgery to remove excess fat deposits and make the size of your breasts more manageable.
Eating proper nutrition can help maintain your skin’s elasticity to improve your chest contour. However, a combination of diet and exercise is essential for preventing breast sagginess as it helps to keep your weight stable.
Fluctuations in weight can drastically affect the way your breasts look and feel. Being overweight puts more pressure on your skin tissue and can add more weight to your breast, naturally causing them to hang lower.
Healthy lifestyle decisions like eating right, exercising, and not smoking can all play a positive role in keeping your breasts plump and firm.
Although it often feels great to let your breasts hang freely, having no support is not helpful in reducing the sagginess of your chest area. A properly fitted support bra will reduce the strain on the supporting tissues and muscles beneath your breast, resulting in a more elastic and firm body contour.
Non-Surgical Breast Lift Procedures
If home remedies aren’t enough, you can still get a plastic surgeon’s help without needing to go under the knife.
A skin tightening technique that requires nothing more than an incision is J-Plasma, or Renuvion. This procedure is commonly done following liposuction to address the sagging skin that is often leftover following the removal of fat deposits.
J-Plasma uses helium plasma and radiofrequency technology to cool areas under the skin. A device is inserted subdermally where the helium constricts the skin to improve its elasticity. The result is a tighter, more contoured appearance.
This procedure is quick and you can probably return to normal activities within just a few days. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that may be all you need to lift your breasts without the need for incisions. Not to mention, you can use J-Plasma on almost any part of the body if you want a tighter appearance in other locations.
Recently, some plastic surgeons are using Botox injections in the breast area to enhance the contour and add some firmness. Botox uses a toxin to block nerve signals and prevent muscle contractions, allowing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to subside. It’s most commonly used on the face.
However, the thought is that Botox in the pectoral muscles may relax the muscles in front of the torso in such a way that the shoulders are not pulled, or slouched, forward. This can give the appearance or more pronounced, perkier breasts.
Exercise caution, though, as this use for Botox is not FDA approved. If you decide to go this route, ensure that your plastic surgeon is licensed through an accredited board and that they’ve done this procedure before.
A Case for Surgical Breast Lifts
No one likes to get surgeries, no matter how big or small. But if you’re uncomfortable with the sagginess of your breast, getting a traditional breast lift is one of the most effective options. Not to mention, they are safer than you might think.
Breast lifts, or mastopexies, raise the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. This creates a more youthful breast contour.
The great thing about breast lifts is that the results can be permanent as long as you maintain a stable weight. Not to mention, breast lifts can address severe breast sagging, whereas non-surgical methods can only help with mild to moderate cases.
The recovery time may be longer and more difficult, but the results are more pronounced. It’s normal to have some concerns, but you can fill out an inquiry form and have a consultation to soothe some of your concerns ahead of time. Breast lifts really might be the best option to help restore your breasts to their former firmness.
Sagging breasts are a normal part of life. Aging, fluctuations in weight, gravitational pull, sunburn, and smoking can all have an effect on the muscular structures that help hold your breasts up loudly and proudly.
But if your breasts begin to sag, you may not need surgery to reverse some of the damage. Exercise and nutrition are two powerful tools to help you maintain a stable weight and prevent excess sagging skin. Additionally, standing up straight and using a support bra can keep your breasts in a desirable position.
If these aren’t enough, you can try a nonsurgical procedure that doesn’t require incisions, such as Thermi. By injecting helium plasma into your breasts, it may be able to cool and constrict the skin, providing a more firm, tight, and attractive breast contour.
If your sagging breasts are severe, surgery may be the only option. While it’s normal to be worried about going under the knife, it’s important to choose a plastic surgeon you can trust. At PH-1 Miami, our licensed plastic surgeon is ready to lead you towards your best body ever. Ready to go? Fill out an inquiry form right here!