Did you know that our breasts age much faster than the rest of our body?
According to lingerie-maker Triumph, a study has shown that breast sagging in women can begin as early as age 25.
Based on the study, Triumph came up with a bust meter based on four grades, to symbolise the four different stages of natural breast ageing - from your 20s, 30s, 40s and 60s.
According to Dr Tan Ying Chien, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at The Sloane Clinic, a woman's best defence against sagging breasts is by wearing a well-fitted bra.
For women concerned that not wearing a bra to sleep may exacerbate sagging, Dr Tan puts those fears to rest: "There are some common misconceptions that sleeping without a bra causes breast sagging. Sleeping without a bra should not cause breasts to sag."
"It is definitely advisable for a female to wear a bra when she is up and about but not necessary when one is lying down. I will personally advise patients to sleep without one to take a break from prolonged pressure."
But Dr Tan says there are no scientifically-proven exercises at the moment that can help slow down the gravitational pull on your breasts.
Said Dr Tan: "Breast sagging is natural and inevitable. Breasts do not have muscles but instead fat, ligaments and breast tissue which means that when gravity knocks, the skin stretches and the breasts drop.
"On top of that, pregnancy, breastfeeding, ageing, weight gain or loss can cause breast changes.
"Even jogging or exercising without a proper sports bra can lead to sagging, with the uncontrolled movement of the breasts straining fragile tissues and ligaments.
"Many women wear bras that do not give them enough support, and that contributes to discomfort and early sagging."
"A proper fitted bra will be the most reliable way to slow down breast aging."
Besides wearing a proper and well-fitted bra, below are eight more tips on how to prevent your breasts from sagging early:
1. Maintain a constant body weight
Weight gain associated with the consumption of alcohol and junk food can also cause stretching of the breast tissue. This is according to Dr Fardad Farouzanpour, who is plastic surgeon and founder of Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgical group. Dr Farouzanpour said in an interview with college website Her Campus that the accumulation of body fat will affect the breast tissues, thereby causing breasts to sag.
2. Do regular exercise
The right exercise routine helps to increase blood flow, which can keep your breasts pert, according to The Daily Mail. Exercise will also give you a sexier body shape!
3. Wear a proper sports bra for exercise
Dr Farouzanpour adds that a well-fitted sports bra is the key to maintaining breast firmness. He says that a supportive sports bra prevents stretching of the skin and ligaments. "Women with larger breasts [especially] should wear more supportive bras to prevent the breasts from bouncing while jogging."