Although many women would like to have perky breasts forever, this is just not sustainable. A range of factors cause the breasts to sag, including excessive weight gain, weight loss and the natural aging process. Gravity also plays a part in causing the breasts to lose their firmness over time.

There are many myths out there surrounding breast sagging, but there is also a wealth of information that can help patients avoid some of the effects. Keep the following three debunked myths in mind the next time you’re looking in the mirror after a shower or performing a self-breast exam.

  • Wearing a bra can prevent sagging:

According to Prevention, there is no actual data that has proven this to be true. Although many experts do recommend wearing a bra during exercise to minimize bouncing and pulling of the pectoral muscle, it won’t completely keep the breasts from drooping or sagging over time. In addition, wearing a bra to bed may be comfortable, but it won’t stop the breasts from heading south as well. If you’re going to wear a bra to bed, be sure it’s breathable, such as a t-shirt bra or tankini.

  • Small breasts don’t sag:

All breasts sag. Just like all areas of the body, the breasts will change with time, due to hereditary issues or other causes. Breast droopiness depends on the amount of breast tissue in relation to fat, meaning your breasts are more likely to sag when there is more fat and a lower overall breast density.

  • There is nothing that can prevent it:

Although sagging can’t be prevented completely, there are some steps that can be followed to keep it from happening so quickly. A study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal found that a higher BMI, excessive weight loss and gain, as well as smoking are common risk factors associated with loss of pert, firm breasts.

If your breasts are sagging and don’t seem to be stopping any time soon, plastic surgery can help. By undergoing a breast lift, patients can take back control of their appearance and their happiness.

A breast lift has the ability to firm the breasts after excessive weight loss, firm the breasts due to breastfeeding and elevate the breasts due to a range of causes.

It can last anywhere between one and three hours. Although techniques vary, the most common includes an anchor-like incision along the underside of the breast.

For patients with smaller breasts or minimal sagging a “doughnut mastopexy” can be performed instead, in which circular incisions are made around the areola and a doughnut-shaped area of skin is removed.

A breast lift can give you the youthful appearance you’ve always desired.