Should You Wear a Bra at Night to Keep Your Breasts Perky?
Hey there – I see you! Maybe you’re a young mom, trying to plan for the future. Or maybe you had breast surgery like Breast Implants, Breast Lift, Breast Revision, or Breast Reduction recently and want to keep the girls lifted to avoid sagging. Women wonder if wearing a bra while sleeping is necessary to keep the breasts looking lifted. The short answer from your favorite female plastic surgeon is NO, you don’t need to wear a bra at night to prevent sagging breasts! Why not? Let me explain.
What Causes Sagging of the Breasts
Simply put, the three main things that cause your breasts to sag are out of your control. They are:
- Hormonal changes
Now, there is also a fourth factor that actually is within your control – sun exposure. Simply put, your exposure to sun can accelerate sagging breasts if you frequently go to a tanning bed or spend extended periods of time in the sun without sun protection. Since you can control this, we recommend avoiding tanning salons and protecting the skin of your breasts and body with sunscreen.
Read on below to learn more about how the combination of collagen, genetics, and hormonal changes can impact perky breasts. Understanding these factors helps to answer the question of whether wearing a bra at night makes a difference.
How Collagen and Genetics Change the Breasts Over Time
Your collagen is the elastic part of your skin. It helps your skin snap back after you stretch it or pull the top of your skin away from your hand. Collagen is also what tears when you develop stretch marks. That is why stretch marks have a jagged, ripped look to them. Your skin literally tore from the inside collagen part outward toward the pigmented part of your skin.
When your breasts grow (based on your genetics) and develop stretch marks, that limits your breasts’ ability to snap back or tighten. This interplay of breast growth, collagen, and genetics happens naturally. There is no miracle cream to make it all better. Your genetics also determine the quality and strength of your collagen, not to mention your breast size.
Hormonal Changes Affect Perky Breasts Too
Hormonal changes from birth control pills (or other hormonal contraceptives), pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause result in changes to the breasts and body. They affect your breast size, growth, and possible breast sag. Your unique genetics determine how these different hormonal events in your life will affect you.
The breast milk glands experience rapid growth and expansion when you are pregnant, then they shrink down after breastfeeding ceases. The breasts more often than not shrink down to smaller than their original size as well, however some women have larger breasts after breastfeeding. The result varies from person to person, and remember, it is out of your control.
So Does Wearing a Bra at Night Prevent Sagging of the Breasts?
Whether you decide to wear a bra at night is a personal choice. While wearing a bra during bedtime may provide comfort and support for larger-breasted women, there is no scientific evidence that it will keep your breasts perky. Certain changes from collagen, genetics, and hormonal changes simply can’t be avoided.
Remember to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle to promote overall skin and collagen health and well-being. That said, one thing you can do is wear sunscreen and maximize your sun protection for your breasts and body to maintain firm and youthful skin.
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