What affects the shape of your breasts?

Breast augmentation (enlargement) surgery is the most popular form of cosmetic surgery in the UK.  Last year alone saw 9,642 procedures carried out, a rise of 12% on 2014.  And it’s likely that this trend will continue.

These statistics are hardly surprising.  Many patients report that their breasts are part of their identity – the shape makes a difference to how they feel about their appearance, and their level of self-esteem.  It affects the clothing and underwear they are able to wear, with many women particularly conscious of their chest in the summer when they want to wear t-shirts and swimming costumes or bikinis on the beach.

While many women choose to have breast enlargement surgery in their 20s, it’s certainly more popular among older women in their 30s and 40s.  This is because age and lifestyle begin to take their toll on the body over time.

What are sagging breasts?

Many women will find their breasts change over time.  Sagging usually means a loss of fullness and the nipples pointing downwards rather than forwards. Some women experience slight sagging while others can be more severely affected.

What affects the shape of your breasts?

There are lots of factors that affect breast shape and size, with changes in body weight and the effects of gravity being the main culprits.  However, smoking is also thought to make a difference to the skin’s elasticity, as well as the number of pregnancies you have.

During pregnancy the skin is stretched when your body begins to produce milk though the voluminous mammary glands diminish in volume when breastfeeding ceases, leading to sagging.  Interestingly, breastfeeding isn’t thought to contribute to breast sagging.

There have been some reports that vigorous exercise can also contribute to sagging, though this hasn’t been proven.  Because the breasts move during exercise it’s a good idea to wear a good quality sports bra to reduce movement.

What can be done about sagging breasts?

There is little you can do to prevent your breasts from sagging.  Generally speaking, it’s wise not to smoke, to eat a good diet and maintain a healthy body weight and to wear a good bra every day and particularly during exercise.  You may find this Daily Mail article helpful.  It details research by lingerie firm ThirdLove showing the 7 different shapes of women’s breasts and details how to go about choosing the right bra for your shape.

If you want to take action against your sagging breasts, you may need to consider cosmetic surgery.

We offer various procedures at our cosmetic surgery practice in Manchester, including mastopexy in which the size, contour and elevation of the breasts is improved.  We also carry out breast augmentation surgery which involves fitting implants, usually above the muscle, to improve the size and shape of the breasts.


This article was originally published on our main site : http://www.jamesvmurphy.com/what-affects-the-shape-of-your-breasts/

Mr Murphy is a fully accredited plastic surgeon and is entered into the General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register for plastic surgery. He is a full member of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

James Murphy – who has written posts on 3D Plastic Surgery | Manchester.

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