That's why there's no wonder why there is an industry of billions of dollars around breast caring products, and billions of dollars worldwide go to breast reconstruction or augmentation surgeries (with all the risks posed for the woman's health by the last ones).
The preoccupation for the form of the women's breasts is also one of the main causes why modern women have stopped breastfeeding.
But a new research led by University of Kentucky plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Rinker and presented this week at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons conference in Baltimore comes with the conclusion that saggy breasts and changes in the breasts' shape have no connection with breastfeeding. The research was carried on patients at UK HealthCare Cosmetic Surgery Associates. "A lot of times, if a woman comes in for a breast lift or a breast augmentation, she'll say 'I want to fix what breastfeeding did to my breasts'," said Rinker.
Rinker's team chose 132 subjects who had visited UK for a breast lift or augmentation during the eriod between 1998 and 2006. The average age of the women was 39 years old; 93 % had bore at least one child, and 58 % of the subjects had breastfed at least one child.
The team analyzed the subjects' medical history, body mass index, pre-pregnancy bra cup size, and smoking status. The study of the data revealed no difference in the level of breast ptosis (sagging) between women who breastfed and those lacking this experience. Instead, some other factors were significantly linked to saggy breasts, like age, the number of pregnancies, and smoking. "Smoking breaks down a protein in the skin called elastin, which gives youthful skin its elastic appearance and supports the breast? so it would make sense that it would have an adverse effect on the breasts", said Rinker.
Yo-Yo Dieting and Pregnancy Weight Gain
According to Dr. Diane L. Gibby with The Women's Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, yo-yo dieting causes the breast to lose fat tissue, which can cause the breasts to appear less firm. If you gain the weight back, your body's ligaments may not be in place to support the tissue, resulting in sagging breasts. The same principle is true for women who become pregnant and gain weight in the breasts due to carrying a baby, then lose the weight once the baby is born.
As you age, your body's elastin fibers, which keep the skin from drooping, and collagen fibers, which give tissue strength and flexibility, decrease. The rate at which they decrease is determined chiefly by genetics, according to Columbia Health Services. Women may notice this effect especially during menopause, when collagen fibers decrease at their fastest rate.
Gravity's pull affects larger breasts more than smaller breasts, which can cause them to take on a naturally sagging appearance. For this reason, it is important to wear a bra that provides sufficient support to combat gravity's effects.
High-impact exercises, such as running and jogging, can stretch ligaments in the breast, says Sabrena Merrill, spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise, on Shape.com. These activities place more stress on the breast tissue if the breasts are not properly supported through the wearing of a jogging bra or other clothing item that adds extra support and keeps breasts from moving.