All you need to know about breast ptosis

All you need to know about breast ptosis

12th Apr 2019


Saggy breasts that are positioned low on the chest wall and have the appearance of empty plastic bags are not a pleasant sight. Many women are confronted with breast sagginess after a point in their lives when the skin elasticity is reduced and the breasts have lost the support of the ligaments due to various reasons. Moreover, the breasts can also lose volume after weight fluctuations, pregnancies, and breastfeeding, hence causing excess skin to show up on the skin envelope of the breasts.


In medical terms, the sagginess of the breasts is known under the name of breast ptosis. It is a common condition that affects all women sooner or later in their lives, no matter how big or small their breasts are. Generally speaking, breast ptosis is associated with old age, so it is not very pleasant for a rather young woman to suffer from this condition. Saggy breasts can make your whole appearance of the body look not very young and can impact the self-esteem of the women severely.


You should know that there are different levels of breast ptosis. How severe is the breast ptosis is defined by the position of the nipple and areola complex compared to the level of the inframammary fold.


There are three levels of mammary ptosis:


  1.   Minor mammary ptosis: This condition is characterized by the areola and nipple complex positioned at the level of the inframammary fold.
  2.    Moderate mammary ptosis: The nipple and areola complex are 1 to 3 cm lower than the level of the fold under the breasts.
  3.    Severe mammary ptosis: The nipple and areola complex are more than 3 cm under the level of the inframammary fold.


Aside from these main categories of mammary ptosis, there are also particular subtypes of breast ptosis, such as:


–    Pseudoptosis or glandular ptosis: When the position of the areola is over the level of the inframammary fold, but the vast majority of the glandular tissue is under the level of the fold under the breasts.

–    Abnormal position of the glandular tissue: Here we are talking about tuberous breasts with an inframammary fold positioned higher than normal on the thorax with a development deficit of the inferior poles of the breasts or a global deficit of growth and dilated areolas, facing down.


All these breasts modifications can occur in the context of weight fluctuations or just with the natural aging process. Genetic inheritance can also play an important role when it comes to breast ptosis.


In the end, it doesn’t really matter what causes breast ptosis as there is just one solution that can correct the condition. The only efficient way to treat mammary ptosis and make the breasts look younger again is to undergo a breast lift. During this procedure, the plastic surgeon will eliminate the excess skin and re-center the mammary gland.

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