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Can Exercise Prevent Breast Sagging?

The age-old question many women have asked is whether or not exercise for sagging breasts works. Breasts become less perky as women age and when the skin around them loses its natural elasticity. In addition, a number of life events can contribute to breasts sagging including pregnancy, hormonal changes, weight fluctuation, and ultimately gravity.

So, is there an exercise for sagging breasts that works? The answer is slightly complicated. Breasts are mostly made up of fatty tissue, glands, and connective tissue. Chest exercises can build the pectoral muscle, but the majority of the breast itself is not a muscle that can be firmed up through working out. However, if you work out your chest area (under the breast), it can help lift the breast to appear less saggy.

Chest Exercises You Can Do

While exercise for sagging breasts alone is not completely preventative, there are a few exercises that can help perk up your chest muscles. This should ultimately help your muscles lift your breasts in some capacity.

  • Incline Dumbbell Press
  • Lying Dumbbell Fly
  • Standing Reverse Fly
  • Staggered Pushups

Additional Factors to Prevent Sagging Breasts

While the exercises mentioned can help, there are a number of other factors that can help prevent sagging breasts.

Diet and Nutrition

Eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and minimizing weight fluctuation can help with breast elasticity. Eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated is excellent nourishment for your skin. Maintaining a healthy weight and minimizing any fluctuations can also help with skin elasticity. When your skin stretches with weight gain, it’s difficult to reverse that stretched skin area.


Bad posture can increase the risk of sagging breasts as the breasts are hanging by their own weight. This puts more pressure and tension on the breast tissue. Good posture distributes weight evenly to protect against sagging.

Bra Support

Be sure to have a properly fitted bra for both daily activities and working out. It is necessary to use a sports bra during workouts for optimal support. High intensity and strenuous exercise can cause connective tissue in the breast to break down.

No Smoking

Smoking is bad for your overall health and does not do your skin any favors. It causes the skin to lose its flexibility which leads to sagging.


Sun exposure can break down the collagen and elastin in your skin. Be sure to slather on SPF, especially on your chest area, to reduce the effects of the sun. Even if you are wearing a full coverage shirt, you should still apply SPF as sun rays can penetrate most clothing material.

Breast Lift in Beverly Hills

If you find that you are unhappy with your breasts or the prevention measures above are not working for you, getting a breast lift is a great option for most women. Breast lifts are becoming much more common and are a great alternative to breast implants. The breast lift only alters your natural breast rather than adding a breast implant. It is a fairly simple procedure that raises sagging breasts by modifying the size, contour, and elevation of the breasts. While both lifts and implants are safe, the breast lift is becoming more popular. Women ages 30-54 make up 70% of those who get breast lifts.

If you find yourself interested in a breast lift, Dr. Vishal Kapoor at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons is the most well-known and trusted plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills.

He is a board-certified surgeon that specializes in aesthetic surgery with an emphasis on body contouring, facial plastic surgery, and breast surgery. He has attended some of the nation’s best universities for his education and residency, including the University of Washington in Seattle. He is one of the few surgeons known not only for his skill but his bedside manner. He is patient, kind, and truly wants to make a genuine difference in people’s lives.

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