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Breast sagging, or breast ptosis, isn't related to your bust size and is perfectly normal, but can cause you to feel self-conscious in or out of your clothes. Restore a perkier appearance to your breasts with the right bra for your body, chest exercises to tone your pectoral muscles or even surgery.
A number of factors influence the appearance of your breasts over time. Age, smoking and whether you have children impacts how much your breasts sag or not. While pregnancy plays a big role in how your breasts look, breastfeeding doesn't. Changes are normal as gravity takes its toll, even if you never touch a cigarette or become pregnant. Genetics plays a part as well, so take a look at your female relatives for a peek into the future of your assets.
Before you do anything else, make sure your bra fits. The band should be snug and parallel to the floor. If you can tuck more than two fingers into the band, it's too big. Going down a band size and up a cup size can provide a better fit. Look for bras with a structured cup and wide band for the best support, especially if you're well-endowed. Skip stretchy fabrics and molded cups without additional structure.
While exercise may not lift sagging breasts, it can help to tone your chest, give you better posture and may improve how you're feeling about your body. Better posture and muscle tone can help your breasts, especially after a pregnancy or during weight loss. Pushups and weight lifting work to tone your pectoral muscles.
If you're quite bothered by your sagging breasts, plastic surgery is an option. It's not a permanent fix, since gravity and age will continue to impact your breasts. Depending on the size of your bust, you may opt for a lift, implants, reduction surgery or a combination of surgeries. Most of these procedures are cosmetic and not covered by health insurance. Scarring may be significant, and recovery from a lift or reduction can be difficult.