Your breasts go through dramatic changes as you get older. The changes range from size and shape to how they feel, and it’s an excellent idea to be in the know of what’s going on.
So, to get you up to speed, here’s what to expect and how to care for your breasts as the years roll by.
In your 20s
The changes your breasts will undergo in your 20s are mostly size-related. Firstly, you’d be leaving your teenage self behind, and your metabolism may slow as you settle into adult weight.
And knowing how rapidly women in their 20s gain or lose weight, the size of their bosom may change accordingly. Of course, weight fluctuations may cause the breasts to droop more and lose elasticity. So you want to ensure you maintain a healthy weight and avoid frequent rapid weight loss or gain.
Most women get pregnant in their 20s, so breast enlargement may emerge as the body prepares for lactation. After lactation, the breasts may seem larger or smaller than before the pregnancy.
Checking for lumps
Breast cancer isn’t very common among women in their 20s. However, it’s advisable to carry out periodic self-breast examinations to check for lumps or unusual changes, especially if your family has a history of the condition.
A painful lump that feels similar to another area of the same breast or the other one isn’t usually something to worry about. Pain isn’t a notable symptom of cancerous lumps.
Your 20s is when you want to avoid bad habits that may impact your mommy gland’s health, such as smoking and excessive alcohol.
Stay physically active and talk to your doctor if you experience anything strange.
In your 30s
If you’ve had significant weight changes and a few pregnancies, chances are the skin around your breasts will start to stretch. This may lead to stretch marks and a little sagging.
Now is when you want to be extra cautious of lumps and other irregularities, especially if you’ve had a family member diagnosed with breast cancer. Conduct regular self-exams and schedule periodical mammograms.
However, soft, painful lumps are typically non-cancerous and are often nothing to worry about. Notwithstanding, it’s always smart to inform your doctor about anything that seems out of place.
In your 40s and beyond
Significant changes occur in your breast as you enter into menopause. Your body begins to produce less estrogen, and the breast tissue gets gradually replaced by fat (a process known as involution). Fat cannot hold the mammary glands firmly, and sagging becomes more pronounced.
The parts having tissue may start feeling lumpy compared to the fatty areas.
Don’t be alarmed; it’s only a natural phenomenon, especially when the lumpy areas are soft.
What you can do
It’s understandable that an undesirable breast change or shape may make you feel less confident about your body.Breast augmentation by Dr. Jill Hazen is a safe and popular solution to correct the shape, size, and structure. Whether you’ve experienced unpleasant changes due to weight loss/gain or pregnancy, the procedure can help you recreate the perfect appearance for your bosom.
Your habits as a young woman play a critical role in your breast health and appearance as you age. Avoid an unhealthy lifestyle, examine your breasts, and stay physically active. The benefits reach far beyond your bosom.