Ageing and your breasts

There are many good things about growing old. You’re still alive, that’s good. 

But our body does change. Even our boobs!

As we get older, the tissue and structure of our breasts begin to change. Breasts begin to lose their firmness and fullness due to changes in hormone levels.

Estrogen Decline

One of the main causes of ageing changes in the breasts is a natural decline of the female reproductive hormone estrogen. This reduced amount of estrogen causes the skin and connective tissue of the breast to become less hydrated, making it less elastic.

With less elasticity, the breasts lose firmness and fullness and can develop a stretched and looser appearance. It is not uncommon to change the cup size as we get older!

Dense breast tissue is replaced by fatty tissue as the ageing process continues.  

Oh joy!


Most aging changes in the breasts occur around the time of menopause.

Menopause is a natural process during which ovulation and menstruation stop. This transition normally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. You are officially in menopause when you haven’t had a period for 12 consecutive months.

To minimize the effects you can…

  • Practice good posture. When you slouch and have poor posture, you’re giving gravity more opportunity to pull at your breasts. But, standing or sitting in a good position with your back straight and your shoulders back, can help support the breasts and even give you a natural lift.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Eat a well-balanced diet, exercise, and try not to gain or lose weight too quickly.
  • Drink plenty of water. Keep your skin healthy and hydrated to try to preserve its elasticity.
  • Tone and build up the pectoral muscles and upper body to enhance the look of your chest – and increase overall health, pushups, chest presses & butterfly curls. (The breasts are not made of muscles, so you are targeting the muscles in the chest).