10 Effective Home Remedies to Prevent Breast Sagging

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The most effective home remedies for preventing breast sagging and regaining their firmness include regular pectoral exercises, olive oil massaging, ice massaging, cucumber and egg mask, vegetable oils, and various essential oils.

But let’s first understand what women’s breast tissue composes of. They are largely made of different types of tissues that include glandular tissue, fibrous tissue, and fatty tissue. The fatty tissue determines the breast size of a woman and it can greatly vary in individuals. Genetics also affects breast development and size in women.

Causes of Sagging Breasts

‘Ptosis’, or sagging of the female breasts, is a common occurrence in a woman’s body. Over time and due to different life experiences, it is natural for a woman’s breasts to change shape and size, and to lose its elasticity. Let us look at the main causes of breast sagging.

  • Aging: According to MedLine Plus, the production of the female hormone, estrogen, in a woman’s body gradually starts decreasing during menopause. This causes a shrinkage in the glandular tissue in breasts, making them appear less full.
  • Sudden weight change: A change in weight, over a short period of time, can affect the tissues of the breast. Sudden weight loss and weight gain can cause the breasts to change shape.
  • Diseases: Some diseases are also connected to sagging, loose, or “fallen breasts”. Breast cancer or respiratory conditions like tuberculosis can cause a significant weakening of the cells and internal organ structure. So, there is very little support for the breasts, and subsequently, they begin to sag and fall.
  • Diet and lifestyle: Excessive consumption of nicotine, alcohol, and carbonated beverages have all been associated with premature aging of the skin and weakening of the cellular structure. Therefore, it is suggested to cut down on these damaging agents in your body to see an improvement in the firmness of your breasts.

Other causes of sagging breasts may include heavy breasts and multiple pregnancies. Over time, due to gravity, women with heavy breasts may experience sagging. Also, according to a study published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, pregnancy may potentially cause the breast size to increase, causing changes in its shape. However, the research report makes it clear that not all women’s breasts respond the same way to pregnancy.

There are a wide variety of creams and lotions available on the market today to tighten and tone up the skin, but these solutions often have dangerous side effects, so be sure to consult your medical specialist or gynecologist before starting this form of home treatment.

The best way to go about sagging breasts is through organic home remedies. They are very effective without any side effects and they are also less expensive. One relatively safe option is a formal operation, like breast firmness surgery. However, there is no sufficient evidence to prove that the effects are long-lasting. Apart from that, there is always a danger to surgery, and there is never a guarantee against complications when you go under the knife.

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Home Remedies for Firming Saggy Breasts

Following are some of the home remedies that can help you get rid of breast sagging and achieve the firmness you desire. Exercise and massage are actually the best ways to keep your breasts firm and in proper shape, but we will explore many more of the home remedies below.

Breast Exercise

One of the best ways to add firmness to breasts is through pectoral exercises. The easiest and most popular exercise is to do push-ups, which strengthens the pectoral muscles beneath the breasts. Overall, it will help in shaping up the breasts and reduce the excess fat deposits around the chest.

Lifting weights can also strengthen pectoral muscles, including arm curls, chest presses, dumbbell flys (on your back, arms out to the sides, rising above you), and there are many other variations that you can try to get your chest muscles working.

Yoga

The benefits of yoga for the entire body have been widely studied, and it is primarily a mechanism of toning the body and increasing flexibility. Some of that toning can occur within the breasts, depending on which positions you commonly practice. Different yoga styles focus on different parts of the body, so those that focus on the upper body, shoulders, pectorals, or upper arms are the best for adding firmness to breasts.

Some of the best positions for strengthening the chest muscles are the Triangle Pose, the Cobra Pose, and the Standing Forward Bend. Certain yoga positions also battle the effects of gravity, which is a major component causing breasts sagging. Try headstands, backbends, and the inverted leg stretch to reverse some of the negative effects of gravity on your breasts.

Massage

Massage your breasts at least 2-3 times per week with olive oil. It will help add firmness to the skin as well as improve the skin tone and texture. It will also tone your chest and increase the elasticity of the skin. Massage draws blood to the surface of the skin, and increased blood flow stimulates muscle growth, cell repair, and other beneficial activities that reduce the appearance and severity of sagging breasts.

General Physical Activity

There are some normal behaviors and physical activities that are unavoidable yet detrimental to the firmness of breasts. Excessive forward bending, jogging, and running can all speed up the sagging behavior of your breasts. The jerking motions stretch the skin and the muscles, making it more difficult to correct and reverse the effects. However, the benefits of jogging and running are well known, so many women still want to participate in these exercises. A solution is to buy appropriately sized sports bras that reduce movement of the breasts. Some women even wear two sports bras to completely isolate the breasts from excessive movement during jogging or other physical activities and sports.

Posture

Poor posture is one of the most overlooked causes of sagging breasts. By lowering your shoulders and hunching forward, you are not giving any structural support to your breasts, and they hang freely, completely at the mercy of gravitational forces. Poor posture can also exacerbate any back pain or muscle soreness you have from large breasts, which happen to be the type of breasts that show signs of sagging most dramatically.

Special Bras

It is very important to consider the kind of bras you wear if you are not happy with how saggy your breasts have become. You need to select the appropriate bra which makes the breast look firm and provides enough support to keep it high and tight. There are special bras available in the market which have strong support holders at the cup bottoms which lift your breast and keep them firm. Usually, the employees at lingerie stores or department stores are able to point you in the right direction for the bra which will best satisfy your needs.

Essential Oils

Carrot oil, cypress oil, fennel oil, lemongrass oil, and spearmint oil are some of the essential oils that can also help or be used to increase the firmness of sagging breasts. Do not use more than 2 drops and dilute in a carrier oil every time you massage the breast as they are very strong and can cause a burning sensation. It would be best to use them in a mixture along with other vegetable oils.

Breast Mask

Some people also choose to use a breast mask once a week. To prepare the mask, grind a cucumber and add an egg yolk, then add some butter or natural cream into the mixture. Blend the ingredients into a paste and apply it to your breasts, allowing it to sit for around 15-20 minutes. Then, wash it off. This technique will help strengthen the tissues of the breast and add firmness to them.

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Ice Massaging

Ice massaging can be another effective way to regain firmness in sagging breasts and uplift them. Take two cubes of ice and massage it in a circle around your breast for at least a minute. Don’t do it for too long, as the skin of the breast is very sensitive. This will help tighten and tone the skin of your breasts. Cold temperatures naturally tighten up the skin and slow cellular movement. This is a good technique when combined with immediately putting on a properly fitting bra and then staying in some sort of reclined position to allow the effects of the cold to sink in, thereby increasing the effects.

Vegetable Oil

You can also use vegetable oils like almond oil or grapeseed oil to massage onto your breasts. It will help in the nourishment of the skin, toning the structure, and giving it an extra suppleness. One can also add essential oils along with vegetable oils if you think they are required. Olive oil has long been suggested as one of the best oils to use.

FAQs

How to tighten breasts?

There are many natural ways to increase the firmness of your breasts as time and age begin to wear down their appearance. Sagging breasts are caused by a loss of skin elasticity and muscle weakness. Therefore, doing chest exercises can help keep those muscles strong. You can add extra liquids to your diet to keep your skin hydrated, and wearing a sports bra can slow down the loss of elasticity. Losing weight is another good way to prevent breast sagging.

How to get firm breasts?

Firm breasts may seem easy when you’re young, but as you age, you need to exercise, increase fluid intake, wear appropriate clothing, take care of your body, and protect your skin health if you want to keep your breasts firm. As you age, your skin loses elasticity, so you need to combat this if you want to avoid sagging breasts. There are also some natural and herbal remedies to improve skin elasticity, such as fenugreek, hops, and primrose.

How to fix saggy breasts?

If you want to fix your sagging breasts, you can make lifestyle, dietary, and herbal changes to increase skin elasticity and strengthen your muscles. Losing weight is a great place to start, followed by chest exercises to keep the chest muscles strong, and able to support the strain on the tissue. You should also wear a sports bra while exercising and maintain regular fluid intake for healthy skin. Cosmetic procedures should be a last resort to prevent breast sagging.

How to lift saggy breasts?

You can lift saggy breasts in a number of ways, ranging from dietary changes to surgical procedures. However, some of the most popular ways to lift saggy breasts is a cucumber and egg yolk mask, which has astringent qualities for the skin, or you could try massages with ice or olive oil. Exercise to strengthen the muscles in that area is also key, such as chest presses and dumbbell flys. Cosmetic procedures are another option.

How to get rid of saggy breasts?

You can get rid of saggy breasts through a combination of natural remedies and lifestyle changes. Exercising more often, and with a sports bra, can help increase muscle tone to hold up your breasts. Applying olive oil, egg yolks or cucumber paste to your breasts are some of the most popular natural remedies. Furthermore, increasing your hydration and losing weight are two lifestyle changes that can keep your breasts perky.

Why do breasts sag?

Breasts sag over time, and while many women don’t want to hear it, the fall is inevitable. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and the weight of our breasts pull down on the skin. Furthermore, the muscles that support our breasts weaken as we age, making it more difficult to keep breasts perky. Finally, if you gain weight, your breasts are more likely to sag down, so a good exercise regimen is really the best remedy for breast sagging. However, it is best to embrace the natural aging process of the body and to remember that there are really no imperfections in a woman’s body.

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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