For 23-year-old British-Nigerian, Chidera Eggerue, her saggy breasts are natural, unlike the experience of most women who develop saggy breasts on account of multiple pregnancies, old age, extreme weight loss or breastfeeding.
As a child, British-Nigerian, Chidera Eggerue, used to tell her mum that she would undergo breast augmentation surgery once she clocked 18 and had enough money to procure it. That was how conscious Chidera was of her breasts.
However, at some point, Chidera said she came to the conclusion that her body belonged to her, and that no one should determine her happiness based on the shape of her breasts.
She said that having had enough of body-shaming targeted at her for having “saggy breasts,” she started posing on social media without wearing any bra.
The award-wining blogger, who is popularly known as The Slumflower, started sharing photos of herself bra-less with the hashtag, #Saggyboobsmatter, complete with a caricature of her chest.
Chidera, who is also an author of a book titled, What a Time To Be Alone, with a rider: The Slumflower’s Guide To Why You Are Already Enough, discussed her life’s story after the #Saggyboobsmatter hashtag gained traction.
She was invited to a morning show, where she discussed in detail her journey to developing confidence in her body.
Meanwhile, a plastic surgeon has proffered reasons why breasts may sag ‘prematurely.’ They are as follow:
Crash dieting: Each time you gain and lose weight, breast tissue becomes slacker, says a breast surgeon and president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Michael Edwards.
High-impact workouts: The research is scant right now, but some experts say that the back-and-forth repetitive motions that happen when you run or do a similar workout can lead to a breakdown of breast collagen.
Wearing an unsupportive bra: Improper bra support is a big reason for breasts to droop. “The more your boobs bounce around, the more stressed breast skin and collagen become,” says Edwards.
Smoking: Any amount of smoking weakens and ages skin by decreasing the blood supply to the skin surface, says Edwards.
Too much exposure to sun: Exposing your face to ultraviolet rays without a protective coating of sunscreen can lead to premature wrinkles, and it has the same effect on breast sag by stretching out collagen and damaging skin, says Edwards.