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I'm young and already have saggy breasts. I know the coopers ligament is responsible for breasts shape.Can anything be done to strengthen the ligament?
Sagging breasts: Hi. You can minimize this. For instance, the study in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal found that a high BMI and a history of smoking were risk factors for breast sagging. Also, avoid yo-yo dieting. But exercises and certain bras really don't help with delaying the inevitable. You should consult with a plastic surgeon for more information. ...Read more
Ligamentous: Tightness is necessary. There is no specific medication that can 'relax' ligaments which frankly need to be tight to support the joints. I presume you are referring to tendon tightness which is a function of inactivity, limited activity or prolonged immobilization. Activity geared toward stretching and improving flexibility are the only effective methods to combat tendon tightness. No shortcut. ...Read more
Synonymous w/ loose: Lax is short for laxity. Lax ligaments are describing ligaments that are loose and have increased laxity. There is a spectrum of laxity that is normal within all joints. Some people are looser or tighter than others. If one has no symptoms or limitations, no treatment or remedy is warranted. If pain or instability is present, the increased laxity is said to be abnormal (pathologic or patholaxity). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ligament dependent: Not all ligaments or degrees of ligament injury are treated the same. Some ligament injuries require simple supportive care (rest, ice, compression, elevation- rice). Others may benefit from a course of bracing. Still others may mandate surgical repair or reconstruction. Pending initial evaluation by a qualified healthcare provider, rice combined with immobilization is a safe plan of action. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rest, brace: Most torn ligaments that do not require surgery are treated with resting the ligaments and nearby joint combined with a period of immobilization- a cast or brace. Rehab exercises once the ligaments have stabilized can also promote recovery. Occasionally, regenerative injections such as prolotherapy or platelet-rich plasma injections can be used to stimulate healing. ...Read more