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What Changes Can You Expect in Your Breasts with Aging?

Aging is a natural process and it makes changes in your body that are not very welcome. Wrinkles, lines and folds rob the skin of its youthful luster. Age leaves its mark on your breasts too. This is a real aesthetic concern that is attributed to changes in the reproductive hormones. The breasts lose their firmness and fullness, resulting in a stretched and saggy appearance. Besides, there is also the risk of developing abnormal growths such as fibroids and cysts in the breasts.

The female reproductive hormone estrogen has a major role to play in keeping you young and fresh. With aging, the level of this hormone in the body decreases that in turn makes the skin dry and less elastic. The breast volume may also reduce. Other possible changes you can expect include:

  • Stretch marks
  • Wider space in between the breasts
  • Nipple displacement
  • A stretched or flattened appearance
  • Lumpiness

There is no way you can completely avoid the effects of aging. However, with some preventive measures such as using over-the-counter creams, lotions, or oils that contain collagen and following a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a healthy lifestyle, you can slow down the effects of advancing age to some extent.

Once the changes are visible, it may not be possible to reverse it with natural options. This is when cosmetic breast surgery can help. Breast enhancement procedure can help improve the size and shape of the breasts, while a breast lift can resolve sagginess and reposition the nipples.

Breast augmentation can be performed using saline, silicone or gummy bear implants or via fat transfer using your own surplus fat from other body areas. For those women who do not have enough tissue to hold the implants, composite breast augmentation is an option. It is a combination procedure in which the fat is injected over the implants to mold it to a natural-looking shape. Breast lift is performed as a standalone treatment or in combination with augmentation to offer a well-contoured, attractive bust line.

Be cautious about crash dieting, habits such as smoking, skipping sunscreen, wearing an unsupportive bra, and high-impact workouts. Sometimes these everyday habits may also cause significant changes to the appearance of your breasts. Breast tissue becomes flaccid with sudden weight loss; smoking causes the skin to age by reducing the blood supply to the skin surface; too much exposure to the sun can stretch out collagen and damage the skin; an unsupportive bra puts tremendous stress on the breast skin and collagen, causing the breasts to sag; and breast collagen may break down with strenuous exercise.