Are there exercises one can do to lift their breasts naturally? If so, which do you recommend?

My breasts droop only slightly, but I'd like to take preventative measures now. Are there any exercises I can do to lift my breasts naturally? If so, which do your recommend?

Answers from doctors (6)


There are two schools of thought with regards to breast support. The traditional dogma is that greater support will counter the effects of age/gravity, slowing the progression of ptosis/sagging breasts that occurs with age. However, some believe that the additional support allows for atrophy of the natural support structures responsible for supporting the breasts (i.e., recommending the exact opposite of the classic teaching).

In my practice, I recommend support garments as the breasts are a soft tissue structure that is not directly supported by the underlying musculature. Exercise does not hurt; however, I do not believe the two are mutually exclusive.

Answered by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery (View Profile)

There are two schools of thought with regards to breast support. The traditional dogma is that greater support will counter the effects of age/gravity, slowing the progression of ptosis/sagging breasts that occurs with age. However, some believe that the additional support allows for atrophy of the natural support structures responsible for supporting the breasts (i.e., recommending the exact opposite of the classic teaching).

In my practice, I recommend support garments as the breasts are a soft tissue structure that is not directly supported by the underlying musculature. Exercise does not hurt; however, I do not believe the two are mutually exclusive.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Larry Leverett, MD, FACS

Published on Oct 13, 2016

No, a patient cannot exercise her breast into a higher position. She can exercise the pectoralis muscle with push ups, weights etc., but the muscle is deep to the breasts, not part of it. However, it the breasts are extremely large and heavy, the symptoms may be lessened by weight loss and/or breast reduction surgery.

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Answered by Larry Leverett, MD, FACS

No, a patient cannot exercise her breast into a higher position. She can exercise the pectoralis muscle with push ups, weights etc., but the muscle is deep to the breasts, not part of it. However, it the breasts are extremely large and heavy, the symptoms may be lessened by weight loss and/or breast reduction surgery.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Kenneth L. Stein M.D. FACS

Published on Jun 15, 2016

Using the pectoralis major and minor may help to lift your breasts, but the result will not resemble that of a lift rendered by breast surgery. Still, if you are interested in a natural lift, knowing that this will only help so much, I'd do a good Google search of exercises for the breasts.

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Answered by Kenneth L. Stein M.D. FACS

Using the pectoralis major and minor may help to lift your breasts, but the result will not resemble that of a lift rendered by breast surgery. Still, if you are interested in a natural lift, knowing that this will only help so much, I'd do a good Google search of exercises for the breasts.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Perry Liu MD

Published on Jun 14, 2016

Unfortunately, there is no exercise that can lift the breasts significantly as the muscle portion of your breast is underneath the actual breast tissue. Doing exercises to strengthen your breasts can widen the chest muscle. This causes the muscle to get bigger, but that does not "lift" the breasts. In fact, some women complain about the way their breasts look after working out a lot on that area. The best breast lift solution is really something more surgical that can oftentimes be covered by medical insurance.

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Answered by Perry Liu MD

Unfortunately, there is no exercise that can lift the breasts significantly as the muscle portion of your breast is underneath the actual breast tissue. Doing exercises to strengthen your breasts can widen the chest muscle. This causes the muscle to get bigger, but that does not "lift" the breasts. In fact, some women complain about the way their breasts look after working out a lot on that area. The best breast lift solution is really something more surgical that can oftentimes be covered by medical insurance.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Barry J. Kaplan, D.O.

Published on Jun 14, 2016

There aren't any exercises that will give your breasts a significant lift or prevent more drooping (ptosis) in the future. Wearing a bra is your best bet at this point in time.

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Answered by Barry J. Kaplan, D.O.

There aren't any exercises that will give your breasts a significant lift or prevent more drooping (ptosis) in the future. Wearing a bra is your best bet at this point in time.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


ELLIOT B. DUBOYS, MD, FACS

Published on Jun 14, 2016

Exercise works on muscle. There are no exercises or magic cures to prevent your breasts from drooping. Good luck.

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Answered by ELLIOT B. DUBOYS, MD, FACS

Exercise works on muscle. There are no exercises or magic cures to prevent your breasts from drooping. Good luck.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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