Tokyo Bust Express Review: Can Bras Make Breasts Sag Prematurely?
While breast sagging is a perfectly normal result of things like aging and breast feeding, there may be certain ways that bras themselves are speeding up the process of sagging. In 2013, a study was conducted in France with 330 different women between the ages 18-35. Over the course of 15 years, volunteers were studied closely to see how bra-wearing over time affected their body. It was concluded that there might be some negative consequences to bra-wearing that initially sound totally counterintuitive. Here are five ways bras may cause sagging — though, sagging itself is nothing to be ashamed of.
1. Bras Compromise Breast Tissue
Researcher Jean-Denis Rouillon, who led the study reported in the New York Times said, "Breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity" — and that there's evidence to prove it. In the study, the women who didn’t wear a bra actually saw a 0.3-inch lift in their nipples compared to those who were still wearing bras every day. Professor Rouillon believes this is because wearing bras religiously may damage the delicate tissue in your breasts, causing your boobs to lose tone and plumpness. "Supporting tissues will not grow and even they will wither and the breast will gradually degrade," he told the newspaper.
2. Tight Bras Cut Off Circulation
Wearing bras for an extended period of time could cut off the circulation around your ribcage and midsection says a discussion by Refinery29. This isn't something that would happen overnight, like if you accidentally fell asleep in your push-up bra. This tightening around your breast area could contribute to the loss of strength of your chest muscles.
3. Bras Weakened Muscles Around the Bust
"Suspension muscles" in your breasts, are the crucial muscle group that prevent saggy boobs. They work along with these connective tissue structures called Cooper's ligaments, and their collective job is to suspend the meaty part of your boobs on the chest wall. The quality of these muscles will deteriorate over time if you wear a bra too often, resulting in sagging. They're like every other muscle in the body — if the muscles don't have the chance to work, they lose their tone and eventually become weak.
4. Incorrect Bra Size Damage The Breast
Considering how many women don bras that don't fit, it's a factor worth looking into. The Swiss lingerie company Triumph did an international survey of 10,000 women and found that 64% of them were wearing the wrong bra size for their body. Bras have a purpose of providing support for your boobs, but if you're wearing one that's too tight around the rib cage, you are inadvertently damaging the breast tissue and tone. And you run the risk of numerous unpleasant consequences, including back pain, headaches and eventually sagging breasts.
5. Bra Size Remains The Same — Even Though Your Breasts Aren’t
Our breasts are incredible things that were made to withstand all sorts of changes in the body. They expand when you're pregnant, and then shrink again after you're done breastfeeding. They change shape and size if you lose or gain weight. Anything that makes breasts expand and contract weakens the surrounding skin and tissues, which makes them lose elasticity and take on a deflated appearance. Accommodating these major physical changes could have an effect on your breast tissue and potential sagging.
The Bottom Line
Even though their findings were definitive, the French researchers remind us that this is still a preliminary study. We are not suggesting that you should consider going braless for a while. Maybe. See if you like it. If you hate the feeling, revisit your bra wardrobe. Check if they're the right size, the right fit, and that you're wearing them properly.
And finally — who says sagging is such a bad thing? It will happen naturally with age no matter what you do. Here are some of the girls that have tried and tested some of the methods suggested and have benefitted from some extra help to keep their breasts healthy.