Saggy breasts: What can I do?

Saggy breasts: What can I do?

04th Aug 2021

Saggy breasts are an aesthetic issue, not a health condition. Some women tend to ignore the unpleasant appearance of the breasts and blame it on age or other factors, while others will try different solutions to get beautiful-looking breasts once again. Breast sagginess can start occurring in women after 30 years old (usually around 45), but it can also happen to young women and even teenagers. These cases are more often when the patient has breasts that suffer from hypertrophy, or an overdevelopment of the mammary tissue. 

When first confronted with saggy breasts, women ask what they can do. Researching this topic online can lead to a flood of information about getting perky breasts with the help of physical exercises, pills, massages, creams, and so on. There are products very aggressively advertised as the cure for breast ptosis. However, if we have a look at what breast ptosis does to the breasts, it is easy to understand that the only method that can be used to correct it is surgery. So, let’s have a look at how breast ptosis affects the breasts.

Saggy breasts will drop low on the chest wall. The nipple and areola complex can face down instead of forward, and the majority of the mammary gland will be positioned under the inframammary fold instead of over it. This means that the breasts will have an empty lower pole, and in some cases, there is very little volume on the lower part of the breasts, even over the inframammary fold and a little more volume where the nipple and areola are. This is not a normal look of the breasts. Also, the breasts will have a wide base and an abnormal shape. The patient might also be confronted with slight or more severe asymmetries if the breast ptosis occurs after pregnancy and as a result of breastfeeding preponderantly from one breast.

So, what can be done about saggy breasts? First, the breasts should be corrected with a breast lift, and the patient should do her best to avoid the factors that are known to be associated with the onset of breast ptosis. When the breast lift is performed, the patient is under general anesthesia, and the surgeon will make incisions and re-center the mammary gland while eliminating the surplus skin. As a result, the breasts will be perky and youthful. 

Avoiding the factors that triggere the breast ptosis in the first place is essential to sustain the results for longer. This means that patients are advised to avoid an ulterior pregnancy as well as weight fluctuations. Moreover, excessive skin exposure and smoking are also to be avoided as they have been associated with breast ptosis. Wearing the right type of bra and wearing a sports bra when exercising is also essential to have perky, beautiful breasts for longer.

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