Age, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, genetics and improper support can cause your breasts to start drooping and sagging; they lose their perkiness and firmness. Women with large breasts are more likely to have sagging breasts because of the weight of the breast tissue. Once gravity takes its toll on your breasts, you can resort to several methods to help restore their firmness, ranging from exercise to surgery.
Exercise cannot strengthen the breast tissue itself, because breasts are made from fatty tissue. Unlike muscle tissue, fatty tissue cannot be toned or firmed. The pectoral muscles, which are the muscles underneath the breasts, can be strengthened with exercise. These muscles are the foundation of your breasts. When they are strong, the perkiness and firmness of your breasts increases. Do pushups and dumbbell flies to help firm your breasts. Palm presses also firm your breasts. Push the palms of your hands together in front of your chest. Hold the tension for five-to-10 seconds before releasing it. Repeat this exercise as often as you can.
Give yourself a breast massage twice a week to help firm your breast tissue. Breast massage promotes circulation and strengthens the supportive ligaments of the breasts. It also helps you discover any lumps you may have in your breast early on. Use body lotion or an over-the-counter breast lotion or cream for your massage. Make short, smoothing strokes from your nipple outward toward the base of your breast. Cover the entire breast area. Place your entire hand on your breast and make kneading motions; push onto the breast tissue, squeeze it lightly and lift it. Twist the breasts; hold your breast in your hand and turn it clockwise and counter-clockwise.
Breast implants enhance the shape and size of your breasts and improve their firmness. Deflated breasts that have lost their youthful, perky appearance are fully restored. If you are happy with the size of your breasts, but not happy with their droopy appearance, breast-lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is an option. During breast-lift surgery, excess skin is removed from the breasts, after which they are lifted higher onto the chest. A combination of breast implants and breast lift surgery is also possible.
Commercial Breast-Firming Products
Many commercial products that are available online promise to firm and enhance your breasts. Products come in a large variety of forms, including sprays, lotions and pills. Some of these products are herbal-based and contain ingredients such as dandelion root, soy, fenugreek, and Indian ginseng. These herbs are believed to firm the breast tissue. Some companies that offer these products do breast-enhancement research. Others just offer products that enhance the appearance of your skin making it seem as if your breasts are benefiting. Even though some commercial breast-firming products are manufactured in laboratories approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may contain FDA-approved ingredients, as of June 2011, the FDA has not approved any breast firming products.
References and ResourcesNatural Breast Guide: Firmer Breasts - Toning, Shaping and Lifting the Breasts for a Rounder and Fuller Look
Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery: Are You a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Plastic Surgery: Breast Lift Surgery
My Secret Health: What Are The Most Effective Breast Firming Methods?