What do normal breasts look like?
Normal breasts come in various shapes and sizes.
Pairs of breasts are usually asymmetrical, differing in either size or shape.
In many women, the left breast is slightly bigger than the right, but the opposite can be true as well.
Breasts can be almost flat against the chest, so large that physical activity becomes uncomfortable, or anywhere in between.
They can point slightly upward, straight out, or slightly downward.
The areola and nipples also contribute to breasts’ variety, as they can be of various sizes and colors.
It is important to keep in mind that real breasts are almost never “perfect.”
Breasts that look very symmetrical and round, either in real life or in pictures, are either surgically or digitally enhanced.
And yes, other people can tell that these breasts are fake precisely because they seem too perfect.
How long do breasts keep growing?
Breasts usually start developing a couple of years before a girl’s first period and stop growing approximately two to three years later.
So, in total, breasts develop for four to five years. These are just guidelines, though. Many women’s breasts develop over a shorter or longer period of time.
What are the areola and nipple?
The areola is a round portion of darker-colored skin in the center of the breast.
The areola can vary in diameter, color, and amount of hair-generally there is very little or no hair.
Within the areola are several glands, often appearing as small bumps. These glands produce oil that protects and lubricates the areola and the nipples.
The nipple is the raised part at the center of the areola. Normal nipples also vary in size, shape, and color.
Some are flush with the skin of the areola, while others protrude significantly. The degree to which nipples protrude can also depend on the external temperature.
Some women are born with inverted nipples, meaning that their nipples are drawn back into the skin of the breast instead of protruding.
This usually does not cause a problem—unless the nipples become inverted after birth, a change that must be checked out with a doctor.
Is it normal that my breasts are of different sizes?
During puberty, it is not uncommon for one breast to be bigger than the other.
The smaller one almost always catches up by the end of puberty.
The majority of women have asymmetrical breasts, but often the difference is so small that only the woman herself notices it.
Is it normal that my breasts sag a bit?
There is nothing wrong or unusual about sagging breasts.
This happens to a very large number of girls and women.
In fact, sagging breasts are so common that some implants are designed with a bit of a sagging effect so that the enlarged breasts look more real.
Breasts are made of fatty tissue, ligaments, and skin—with no muscle.
Sagging is simply the effect of gravity on the breast’s mass.
Sagging happens naturally to all women sooner or later.
With age, skin and ligaments start to relax, and gravity has a greater effect.
The amount of sagging also depends on the size of your breasts, thanks to either mother nature or weight gain; the bigger the breast, the greater the effect of gravity on it.