Published on October 01, 2018

Bad Boob Behaviors

Bra with measuring tape across the cupsBreastfeeding, age, gravity and genetics make even the perkiest breasts droop over time. However, a few common habits can make sagging happen sooner. Find out if you need to change your boob attitude.

A recent study found that breast tissue ages two to three years faster than the rest of the body. Yikes! With that info in mind, anything that slows the sag is a win for the twins, right? That includes shaking five common habits that can make your breasts head south sooner than you’d like.

Breasts are made of fatty tissue, supportive tissue and ligaments. Their major source of support is collagen, a protein that provides firmness and elasticity to the body’s organs and tissues. When breasts lose collagen, they start to sag. All of the habits below contribute to a breakdown in collagen. They also speed up the aging process and damage your skin.

  • Drastic dieting. A continuous cycle weight loss/weight gain causes your skin, and your breasts, to lose elasticity. Maintaining a consistent weight can help.
  • Poor posture. Hunching over a laptop, text neck and slouching on the sofa all contribute to poor posture, which can make your breasts sag. So sit up straight and stand up tall, with your head up and shoulders back. (Bonus: Good posture also gives you a natural confidence boost.)
  • Smoking. Yet another good reason to quit.
  • Skipping sunscreen. Yes, your chest needs sunscreen, too.
  • Wearing the wrong bra. Whether you’re at work or in the gym, the right bra matters. Too much movement breaks down collagen. A professional bra fitting can help you find the support your breasts need. To get started, read: Gear Up the Girls

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Have your mammogram* done at NKCH anytime during October and receive a free tote bag. Call our Outpatient Scheduling department at 816.691.5267 to set up an appointment, or request an appointment online.

*Insurance companies typically only pay for one mammogram per year.

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