|MadSci Network: Anatomy|
Sagging breasts (medical term is
PTOSIS) is caused by gravity, the
expansion / contraction with pregnancy,
stretching of the suspensory tissues and aging
skin. As the glands atrophy
after hormones have changed, the breast also
tend to flatten.
Dr. Michael Bermant, MD, a plastic surgeon in Chester, Virginia surgically corrects ptosis. He recently wrote:
"... Unless you sleep standing up, a
support bra should not really help long term to
prevent further sagging at night. Taking care of
yourself, using a support bra during the day and
vigorous activities limit this problem to a certain
degree. We do not have enough information if
the weightless conditions of space may be of
benefit or if other factors become issues. Time
will tell, but only few are getting only limited
exposure to this option so far."
Dr. Bermant goes on to write, " ...
Most breast ptosis (droopy breasts) is from
loose skin / suspensory ligamentous tissue. The
only non surgical methods I have read about
were in science fiction novels. External support
and less gravity may help lessen the problem
getting worse. Nothing that I know of improves
the situation without surgery. ..."
By the way, aside from sharing his
expertise online, Dr. Bermant drums up business
for plastic surgery at his homepage.
Presumably, the information above is reliable
since Dr. Bermant is listed as, "Board
Certified by the American Board of Plastic
Based on the above information, it seems that women with larger breasts tend to develop a sag. Those with smaller breasts will most likely not have this problem in later life ... bra or no bra. Therefore, Eleanor, this time you seem to be right and your friends who insist you'll "end up like those women in Africa (from tribes etc) ie very saggy breasts," are wrong. By the way, "those women in Africa" are no different from those in Essex when it comes to breasts.
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