Check-up | Slow down the effects of ageing on your breasts
Amanda, 62, passed through menopause some eight years ago. She says that since then, it has all been downhill. She has gained 20 pounds and her breast cup size has moved from a C to a double D.
She accepts that she is getting older and body changes occur, but she has a hard time accepting the larger breasts. She doesn't like it and asks Check Up what has caused this to happen and what can be done to rescue her breasts.
It is such a fallacy when people say that as we age, we care less about our looks.
Many females wonder how they got to age 60 so fast as they feel much younger than their age. Some people at 60 look 45 and others could pass for age 70.
Physical ageing has a lot to do with our lifestyle and genes. If you have eaten properly, avoided too much sunlight, exercised regularly, avoided too much alcohol and cigarette smoking and not become too tied up with workplace stress, you are almost guaranteed to be looking younger.
Likewise, if your mother's hair thinned and her neck wrinkled early, you may also be seeing your genetic future, which you will need to try to deter from early adulthood with sun block and anti-ageing creams and vitamins. Good hair care involves minimal use of chemicals or at least a well-educated hairdresser.
Weight gain can be a problem at any age, but post-menopausal weight gain carries its own pitfalls. At this time, weight gain occurs mostly in the breasts, abdomen, and hips, resulting in a thicker and heavier, big-chested look.
As women age, the breast tissues alter due to the natural changes occurring with the lessening and loss of the female reproductive hormones. The result of these changes is that breasts lose their firmness and fullness.
Also associated with these changes is a greater risk of developing abnormal breast growths. Reduced oestrogen levels in the body causes ageing, dryness of tissues and skin, and loss of elasticity and breast firmness.
Sometimes breasts sag and become covered with stretch marks. Older women can find that their breast cup size can decrease or increase after menopause. Some women even experience some of these changes before menopause.
Of course, there are those women who naturally defy nature. At age 60, they still look good, but older women will need to work to achieve the look. Women with jobs that involve a lot of daily physical activity, have a natural head start. Common changes to the breasts that are associated with ageing include:
• Nipples pointing to the side instead of in front
• Stretch marks
• Flattened stretched elongated breasts
• Widening of the space between the two breasts
• Breast lumpiness
There are no serious options outside of cosmetic breast surgery once any of the changes above have occurred. Cosmetic surgery can replace the fullness of the breasts as well as the nipple position. Over-the-counter preparations that can cover stretch marks and laser treatment options are available to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Using over-the-counter creams and lotions that contain collagen and Vitamin E used regularly over the years leading up to menopause can strengthen skin elasticity and slow down the effects of ageing on the breasts.
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