From boobs as petit and pert as Taylor Swift’s to Kim Kardashian’s voluptuous assets, it’s no secret that breasts are a symbol of a woman’s femininity and sex appeal. However, with age, their shape and proportion might be subject to change, most commonly due to sagging.
Over time, the effects of gravity mean they will lose their elasticity, perkiness and youthful appearance, often leading to insecurities. Dr Foued Hamza, an internationally renowned cosmetic surgeon, practising at the Queen Anne Street Medical Centre off Harley Street, London says:
“Understandably, women often wish to reduce the drooping effect and will seek advice to tackle sagging breasts.”
He sheds light on the most common myths of how to stop breasts from losing their shape and advises on the options available to address sagging breasts effectively.
MYTH 1: SPLASHING WATER ON THE BREASTS WILL KEEP THEM FIRM
There is a common misbelief that splashing cold water on the breasts could cause the tissue to shrink, which will lift the boobs,contributing to a perkier shape. However, this remedy will only serve to increase the skin’s elasticity but won’t help to firm this body part.
MYTH 2: CHEST EXERCISES AND PUSH-UPS CAN PROMOTE FIRMNESS AND PERKINESS
By doing push-ups on a regular basis you are working your pectoral muscles, which can lead to perkier boobs over time. However, no exercisecan directly tackle the issue of sagging breasts, as they are purely made up of fat tissue. The firmness of the breasts is related to theskin quality and the size of the mammary gland. Women will experience a deterioration of these two physical characteristics as they age, becausethe skin will become less elastic and the size of the gland will decrease.
MYTH 3: WEARING A BRA IN BED PREVENTS SAGGING AND KEEPS YOUR BOOBS PERKY– EVEN HALLE BERRY CONFESSED IN AN INTERVIEW THAT SHE DID THIS!
This is a false misconception. Wearing a bra can help to achieve the immediate desired shape and look but, once it’s removed, breasts will return to their natural position. Wearing a bra can even aggravate the saggy effect as its wire support works against gravity, weakening the breast’s natural ability to self-lift.
MYTH 4: WEARING A LARGE BRA WILL MAKE YOUR BOOBS LOOK BIGGER BUT COULDCAUSE SAGGING
Opting for a large bra can help to create a fuller looking cup size and there is no scientific evidence to suggest that wearing a bra that is too big for you would contribute to sagging breasts, but I would advise that women wear lingerie to fit their natural shape to ensure they are comfortable.
MYTH 5: RUNNING CAN PREVENT SAGGING Exercise is always recommended because it contributes to a healthier lifestyle. However, when training, women should wear supportive resistance bras to counteract the sagging effect.
MYTH 6: CHEST EXERCISES WILL MAKE YOUR BREASTS SMALLER
There’re no scientific evidence to suggest that chest exercises can reduce the size of the breasts. Training can help with weight loss and, as a consequence, can reduce any excessive fat tissue around this area, but the amount depends on each woman’s metabolism and genetics.
MYTH 7: THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT SAGGING BREASTS This is not true. If you are healthy, eat well, exercise and avoid excessive exposure to UV rays and smoking, this will play a significant role in maintaining the quality of your skin. Yoyo dieting can also have a detrimental effect on the breast area because it will cause skin to loosen and will create stretch marks which are difficult to remove. Applying creams and lotions, which can improve the skin’s complexion and prevent its ageing, is also helpful.
Dr Foued Hamza has been practising cosmetic surgery for over 20 years
and is ranked as one of the best practitioners in his field. He is
currently consulting at Queen Anne Street Medical Centre, a modern and
comfortable practice in the heart of London.
For further information or to book an appointment, visit
www.drhamza.co.uk  or call 0203 318 1731
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