Bras for sagging breasts

Sagging breasts are a natural part of aging, but their appearance can impact women’s confidence. If you’d like to minimize the appearance of sagging breasts, certain bra styles can help you achieve a perkier, more rounded look—while others won’t provide many benefits. Read on to discover what causes breasts to sag and what the best bras for sagging breasts are.

Bras for sagging breasts

Multiple different factors can contribute to sagging breasts. The majority of women’s breasts will sag as they age because gravity pulls on them over time. As you age, the collagen in your skin and tissues breaks down and isn’t replenished as easily, which can also contribute to sagging. Sagging is a completely normal part of aging, but many women do not like the appearance of sagging breasts and prefer to wear bras that minimize it, so we’ll offer some recommendations i

You may have heard that not wearing a bra or wearing an ill-fitting bra will make the breasts sag.  A bra with a band that is too loose can cause your breasts to look more saggy because the band drops further down on your chest because it is weighed down by the breast tissue. To minimize the appearance of sagging while wearing a bra, you need to choose a bra band size that is tight enough that the bra will stay up. Additionally, wearing a structured bra with wires, bands and wide loaders will give the bust the support it needs to reduce the sagging effect, especially for those who have heavier breasts.

You may also have heard that breastfeeding can cause your breasts to sag. This isn’t completely true because this sagging can be caused by breast involution rather than breastfeeding itself. Breast involution occurs when you stop breastfeeding and the milk system in the breasts shrinks back to its original size. However, the surrounding tissues do not shrink alongside the milk system, which can result in sagging breasts. Having multiple pregnancies can exaggerate this effect because the milk ducts enlarge and then shrink in quick succession. Whether or not breast involution causes sagging is often due to genetics. Not every woman who becomes pregnant or breastfeeds will experience sagging breasts from it.

One thing that you can do to make your breasts less likely to sag is to stop smoking. Smoking contributes to faster aging by damaging elastin, which is a protein that keeps the skin supple. Smoking can lead to damage and sagging of various tissues, including the breasts. Other factors that may contribute to breast sagging are rapid weight loss or gain and going through menopause. Learn more about how to fix sagging breasts in our helpful blog post.

The Best Bras for Sagging Breasts

Looking for the best bras to minimize the appearance of sagging breasts? Here are seven  styles you should definitely try:

Support Bras

One type of bra that you might see here a lot at Leonisa is a back support bra. These types of bras are designed to improve posture and help distribute the breast tissue in order to alleviate back pain. While they can and do provide support for your breasts, they are not specifically designed for sagging breasts. However, the support in the back will counterbalance the weight of the bust, making it feel lighter. If you have sagging breasts, you might find it beneficial to wear a support bra that provides support to the front or sides of your chests.

Padded Bras

Padded bras of all kinds are an excellent choice for sagging breasts. The thicker fabric and extra padding will help support the breasts and minimize the appearance of sagging, giving them a perkier and more rounded silhouette instead. If the cups of the bra are molded, then make sure that they are formed in the shape that will complement the natural shape of your breasts. If you try to squeeze your saggy breasts into a bra cup shape that doesn’t match them, you can end up with unsightly bulges and other unflattering side effects. The thicker the padding, the more shaping effect the bra will have, so keep that in mind.

T-shirt Bras

T-shirt bras are an excellent choice for almost every size and shape of breast, and this is true for sagging breasts as well. T-shirt bras are designed to be comfortable for all-day wear and to be worn under a variety of clothes without showing through. For most women, T-shirt bras are the ones that they reach for on an everyday basis whenever they need a comfortable and dependable bra. You should definitely have a few T-shirt bras in your closet and go to neutral colors such as white, nude and black. Just like the classic T-shirt, the T-shirt bra is an essential part of your wardrobe, so shop our best T-shirt bras here.

Underwire Bras

Many women with sagging breasts enjoy wearing underwire bras because of the extra shaping and support that they provide. The curved underwire at the bottom of the cup anchors the shape, giving your breasts a more rounded shape and allowing the bra cups to exert more power. If you are looking for some extra lift, then an underwire bra with padded cups is the best way to achieve that. The underwire will ensure that the band lays flat against your sternum instead of being pushed out of position by your sagging breasts. If you sometimes find underwire uncomfortable, then make sure you are choosing a large enough cup size. If the cup size is too small, then the underwire can press into the sides of your breasts, which can cause discomfort. Make sure you determine your correct bra size before purchasing so all your bras will be comfortable and easy to wear.

Full Coverage Bras

If you have relatively full breasts that are just beginning to sag at the bottom, then you might enjoy wearing a full coverage bra. These bras have the widest cups to ensure comfortable coverage and fit. Many women with sagging breasts enjoy full coverage bras because of the larger more structured cups which give their breasts extra support. These bras are also ideal to wear in more formal situations such as at an office, where you want to keep your look professional and minimize bra lines underneath clothes. If you tend to spill out of other cup styles, then try a full coverage cup style to see how it fits. Additionally, the more coverage the sides and back of the bra have, the more support it will provide, helping to lift the bust.

So, what actually causes saggy boobs?
Hate to break it to you, but breast ptosis (that’s the medical term for boob droop) will happen naturally over time. How much your ta-tas deflate is mostly out of your control.

Let’s dive into the most common causes of breast sagging. Spoiler alert: This list does not include any bra-related business.

Getting older
Yep, the passage of time can do a number on your skin and your melons.

First, there’s the fact that the older you get, the longer gravity has to work against you.

But your body also changes as you age. Menopause may get rid of Aunt Flow, but it can also introduce other unwelcome visitors like mood swings, vaginal dryness, and saggy skin. The American Academy of Dermatology Association says your skin will lose about 30 percent of its collagen (the bounce factor) during the first 5 years of menopause. That’s a major loss of support for your boobs.

One 2015 study also found that an increase in body fat as you get older can also lead to saggier breasts.

Genetics
Your body’s natural breast density, skin elasticity, and boob size can all affect how your breasts look.

Every body with boobs has a different breast tissue ratio. Research shows that some folks have fatty boobs, while others have firm, fibrous melons. Heavy, pillowy boobs are more likely to sag than small, firm boobs. (Thanks, connective tissue!)

Of course, it’s not all about breast tissue. Research suggests that both genetics (the cards you’re dealt) and epigenetics (how you play those cards) affect your skin’s strength and elasticity. The skin you’re in might be thinner and less supportive. Or maybe you’ve got strong skin that holds your ta-tas high and tight.


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