The Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ) recently published a study entitled, “Determinants of Breast Appearance and Aging in Twins,” which found that major environmental factors can do wonders in aging of women’s breasts.
According to the study, some of the factors that contribute to making women’s breast look more attractive are are breast feeding, therapy on hormone replacement and the use of moisturizers daily. On the other hand, smoking, alcohol drinking and multiple pregnancies, as well as being overweight and wearing bigger bra sizes, can accelerate breast aging.
The study was conducted on identical twins and was funded via a grant coming from ASERF or Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research. A total of 161 twin pairs were subjected to the study headed by plastic surgeon Dr. Hooman T. Soltanian from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Cleveland, Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The twins hailed from all across the country and were happy to attend the Twins Days Festival, an annual national gathering of twins held at Twinsberg in Ohio. Consent was asked from the pairs prior to the study. Dr. Soltanian gathered data from women-twins who were aged 25 to 74.
Twins were selected as subject of the study to fulfill the purpose of finding people with the same breasts via a genetic standpoint. The aim of the study was to determine lifestyle factors and behaviors that are putting a halt on breast aging, so as to lessen the need to conduct surgeries in the future.
Dr. Soltanian said it’s highly unlikely to find twins who grew up under same and exact conditions throughout their lives.
The study was done in two parts. The first part had each of the twins answer a questionnaire regarding their lifestyle, which included questions on smoking, drinking, use of bra, participation in sports activities, and exposure to sun, among other things.
The second part is where photos were taken focusing on the twins’ breast. The photos were then subjectively evaluated by reviewers. Dr. Soltanian said the method of grading was based on how the reviewers see physical elements such as the size of areola, the skin tone and droopiness.
Parts one and two were then reconciled to arrive in the results of the study. It turned out that moisturizers are regarded as effective when wanting to improve breast appearance, especially ones with wrinkles.
Meanwhile, a surprise finding in the study was the effect of nursing a baby. Majority of the respondents gave breast feeding a positive score – that despite affecting the shape and six of a lady’s areola, it does improve the skin quality of breasts, and thus, slow down breast again.