As soon as you reach puberty, your body goes through a number of physical changes and matures into an adult body. You will start growing some hair in the armpit and pubic area, grow a few inches taller, earn some width in the hips, and notice two lumps growing in your chest. Yes, your breasts will begin growing, and they will start turning heads as soon as they make their debut.
But once your development years are over, you will notice no significant changes in your body anymore. This does not mean though that nothing was really going on. Your breast in particular will continue to experience changes as you mature. Here’s what happens to your breast from puberty age to menopausal age.
In Your Teens…
As you approach adolescence, your ovaries will start to secrete estrogen, and fat will start to accumulate in the connective tissue, causing your breast to enlarge. Your nipple and areola will also become raised and darken from the rest of your breast’s skin. At the final stage of this development, your breast will become rounded and only the nipple is raised.
In Your 20s…
Afraid that you’ll have to live with a cup A for the rest of your life? No worries, you can have a cup B by gaining weight. Yes, your breasts will change in size as you gain or lose pounds. During pregnancy, in particular, your breast may grow bigger as you gain weight and as your body prepares for lactation.
Benign lumps and bumps may also be observed at this age, which is normal. The appearance of these swollen lumps is usually caused by the changes in estrogen and progesterone hormone levels during the menstrual cycle. Other causes include normal changes in breast tissue, breast injury or infection, and medications. These lumps usually have smooth edges, can be moved slightly when pushed, and may feel lightly painful like any other area of the breasts.
In Your 30s…
Your breasts will start to droop once you reach your 30s, especially if you have had to deal with significant weight changes. But don’t worry, you are not alone in this, because even celebrities can’t defy the pull of gravity.
What can you do about it…
Weight increases the fat in your breasts and stretches the skin, causing chest to sag once you lose weight. So, one of the most effective ways to counter ptosis or drooping breasts is to maintain a constant body weight that’s recommended for your height.
In Your 40s
Your breasts will be a bit softer at this age. It will have less density as tissues are replaced by fat through a process called involution. In most cases, involution doesn’t happen uniformly so some part of your breasts may feel lumpy soft. This is the time when you have to do frequent self-exams to detect irregularity. If you notice any firm or hard lumps, make sure to visit your doctor for a breast exam or screening.