Minimizing Sagging Breasts
Q: I have fairly large breasts. I wear a size 38D bra but since I nursed my
two children I've noticed that my breasts are really beginning to sag. I admit
that my chest has always been the one thing that makes me feel sexy, and I am
becoming very concerned about it especially because my grandmother's breasts
hang nearly down to her knees! Is this hereditary, and is there anything I can
do, like exercises, vitamins, special bras, to prevent it?
Dr. Donnica: Unfortunately, gravity is not always our friend! As
most women age, we notice that various body parts start to sag, even if we watch
our weight and continue to exercise. While exercise cannot change the actual
sagginess of your breast tissue itself, building up your pectoral muscles with
a weight-training program can significantly improve the appearance of your bust.
Losing any extra weight you may be carrying since the birth of your children
will also benefit your bust. Finding a bra that provides a lot of support can
also help. I recommend that you consult an experienced bra saleswoman who should
measure your bust (a free service) and recommend the best fitted bra for you.
There are no vitamin supplements that can help. While I strongly recommend
that you--and your partner--appreciate the sexiness of your body without resorting
to reconstructive surgery, a breast lift is a fairly common surgical procedure
that women in your situation can consider.
Created: 7/11/2003  - Donnica Moore, M.D.