Our breasts are a significant symbol of femininity. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Some women have full, voluptuous breasts, while others may have small but perky breasts. We seek out bras that provide the best support and tops that the show off our assets. Whatever the size, shape, or profile of your breasts, keeping them healthy should be among your top priorities.
If you smoke, make a plan to quit as soon as possible, and if you don’t smoke, don’t start. Smoking, even a small amount, has a significant negative effect on your cardiovascular system. Your breasts, like the rest of your body, requires the nutrients and oxygen carried by the blood in order to stay healthy. Smoking reduces the body’s ability to circulate healthy blood to the breast tissues and skin. In addition, smoking damages the other structures of the breasts, which can lead to dry dry, wrinkled skin or sagging breasts. Not only will smoking damage your breasts and your overall health, but it will cause premature aging.
Maintain a healthy weight
Weight fluctuations take a toll on breast tissue and the skin. Whether the weight changes come from pregnancy or other causes, over time the breasts may begin to sag due to breakdown of elasticity of the skin and supporting tissues. In addition, weight fluctuations may also cause the breasts to appear deflated. While some weight changes such as those related to pregnancy are normal, healthy, shapely breasts are most likely when your weight remains stable.
Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and fiber helps to keep the body and breasts healthy. In addition, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, but limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol, preservatives in food, and excess sodium all may dry out the skin in addition to promoting weight gain. A poor diet may cause the skin over the breasts to appear dry and sallow, and may also cause weight fluctuations, water retention, and skin breakouts.
Wear a sports bra when exercising
A sports bra should provide support for your breasts when you exercise, thus preventing excess strain on the ligaments and other tissues around the breasts. Your sports bra should be snug, but not so tight that it pinches or cuts off circulation. A properly-fitting, supportive sports bra will help reduce strain and reduce breast discomfort during exercise.
The skin over the breasts and chest is much thinner than other areas of the body, and also gets thinner as you age. Wearing sunscreen is important to protect your skin from sun damage, but it is also important for keeping your breasts looking their best. Apply sunscreen regularly to any areas that may be exposed to the sun, but pay particular attention to the chests and breasts. The skin over your breasts may be prone to sun spots, wrinkles, and other signs of aging that may be easily prevented with regular application of sunscreen.
Perform regular breast exams
Breast cancer is a serious worry for many women. Be sure to perform your monthly breast self exams to monitor your breasts for any changes that may need to be evaluated by your doctor. In addition, have regular clinical breast exams at your doctor’s office. If you are 40 years of age or older, you should also have regular mammograms. Catching breast cancer early increases the odds of surviving significantly.
Happy, healthy breasts are an important part of a woman’s health and well-being. To learn more about breast health, please call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices or (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location.