As women age, so do their bodies. The breasts are a beautiful and phenomenal part of a woman that endure different changes throughout life. This is what happens with breasts through the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s.
During Your 20’s
Since puberty has finally concluded, the dynamic duo is in tip-top shape. They are filled with fat fibrous tissue; making the breasts fairly dense. However, it is common in your 20’s to have ropey, lumpy breasts from the onset of the fibrocystic changes. This tissue can cause tenderness and pain. Breasts can vary in size, and can either shrink or grow. If you notice a lump that remains for an extended amount of time (more than a week or two), consult with your gynecologist right away to it checked out.
During Your 30’s
Many women go through pregnancy in their 30’s. The breasts can grow up to three sizes larger during this time. The areolas can darken, stretch marks may appear, and the nipples can become more pronounced. During pregnancy, the breasts do their job to get ready for milk production. The milk ducts begin to form into lobules and branches, where the milk is eventually produced.
After the baby is born, the blood in the breasts ducts change into milk filled with protective immune cells, antibodies, fat, protein, good bacteria, and carbohydrates. After the breastfeeding phase is complete, the milk will dry up and the tissues will start preparing for the next pregnancy.
Unfortunately, for many moms prominent nipples remain as well as the darker areola color. The volume and fullness usually goes away and elasticity in the skin starts to weaken as well.
During Your 40’s
The breasts will go through the same process during each pregnancy, even if you have a baby in your 40’s. After wrapping up the baby making stage of life, go buy yourself some push-up bras because they can help combat the natural loss of tissue collagen elasticity and strength that happens to the soft tissue structures during this decade of life. The aging process and the work of gravitational forces will result in more hanging than you experienced in your 30’s. Perkiness and fullness will start to diminish. This is due to the hormones fluctuating as perimenopause starts.
It is important to start getting annual mammograms as recommended when you turn 40. Speak with your doctor about any family history and risk factors in order to determine if earlier testing is needed in your 20’s or 30’s.
During Your 50’s
For women not taking hormone replacement therapy, the breasts will continue to change with the onset of menopause. This “early retirement” of the breasts typically happens between the ages of 51 and 53. Estrogen may no longer be produced by the ovaries and this affects the breast tissue.
Estrogen is necessary to maintain the lobes and glands that give the breasts their shape and fullness. Without this hormone, fatty tissue is the main component of the breasts as the suspensory ligaments and connective tissue of the breasts weaken. Due to menopausal changes, the breasts will droop and get softer, as well as being more prone to disease.
Breast Lifts and Implants in Manhattan and Commack
Many women, despite their age, contact us for lift surgery and/or augmentation in NYC and Long Island. Contact our experienced surgeons today at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York for a free consultation. Our offices are open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and up until 6:00 PM on Saturdays. We can be reached at 212-206-0023 or 631-499-1831.