A new study from the University of Kentucky shows that breastfeeding does not increase breast sagging. Dr. Brian Rinker and his colleagues conducted the study with patients at UK-based HealthCare Cosmetic Surgery Associates.
"A lot of times, if a woman comes in for a breast lift or a breast augmentation, she'll say 'I want to fix what breastfeeding did to my breasts'," Rinker told the audience at the recent American Society of Plastic Surgeons conference. As a result, he decided to find out if breast sagging was a direct result of breastfeeding.
The results showed no difference in the degree of breast sagging for those women who breastfed and those who didn't. However, researchers found that several other factors did affect breast sagging, including age, the number of pregnancies, and whether the patient smoked.
"Smoking breaks down a protein in the skin called elastin, which gives youthful skin its elastic appearance and supports the breast, so it would make sense that it would have an adverse effect on the breasts," Rinker concluded.
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Source: University of Kentucky