Ptosis or sagging of the female breast is a natural consequence of aging. However, several other factors are also responsible for breast ptosis during a woman’s life including multiple pregnancies, weight fluctuations, and wearing an unsuitable bra size, among other things. Post-menopausal women may experience increased ptosis due to loss of skin elasticity. The level of the ptosis is evaluated by the plastic surgeon by checking the position of the nipple on the infra-mammary fold. It is considered that the ptosis is advanced when the nipples are below the fold and point towards the ground. Causes of breast sagginess Congenital ptosis: Mammary ptosis may be of congenital origin and may occur in teenagers. Several other abnormalities may be associated with breast ptosis such as asymmetry or tuberous breasts. These defects can lead to severe emotional complexes for teenagers or young women affected by this. Mammary hypertrophy: In general, drooping breasts are a consequence of an excess of breast volume characterized by a significant distension of the ligaments of the skin of the breast envelope. Pregnancy and breast feeding: Breast ptosis can occur as a consequence of pregnancy and lactation, which bring unwanted changes to the chest level, leaving it collapsed and stretched. Breastfeeding predominantly from one breast can lead to asymmetries as well. Significant weight fluctuations: A significant loss of weight can be one of the main causes of breast sagginess, making the breasts look deflated and empty with no consistency or firmness. The natural aging process: With age, the skin loses its firmness and elasticity, causing the breasts to alter their shape. The breast envelope begins to weaken, causing the breasts to collapse and fall. Effective solutions to correct breast sagginess Massages and physical exercises can help yield a hydrated skin and a toned chest, but they provide little help when it comes to elevating the breasts. The solution remains to be cosmetic surgery. A breast lift with or without implants can help correct breast ptosis and give a more aesthetic and proportional appearance to the breasts. Cosmetic surgery can stretch the skin, remove excess skin or fat tissue, reshape the breast tissue, and lift the nipple and areola to a higher and more harmonious position on the chest wall. The surgeon can also reduce the widened and stretched areolas in order to give a proportional and natural appearance to the breast. The procedure is commonly performed nowadays all over the world with a high satisfaction rate and has few risks and complications entailed. What to avoid if you have breast sagginess Even after undergoing the breast lift procedure, your breasts are still subjected to the factors that caused the initial ptosis. This means that you should be careful to avoid certain things before and after the surgery to delay breast sagginess or to avoid accentuating it: 1. Weight fluctuations This is probably the most common cause for breast sagginess. The patient gains weight that is distributed in a certain manner all over the body. The breasts put on weight as well, along with the rest of the body. When the weight loss occurs, the breasts will also lose volume, just like the tummy, thighs, and buttocks. But because of the sensitive skin on the breasts and the delicate ligaments that keep the breasts in an elevated position, it is often that the breasts will be left saggy and without a proper consistency and firmness as a result of the weight loss. Keeping a constant weight without significant fluctuations is a good method to ensure you delay the sagginess. 2. Wearing bras that are not suitable for your breasts Bras are meant to be functional, not only aesthetic, especially if you have larger breasts. They need support and even a certain level of compression to allow you to move freely without them bouncing up and down with your every move. Many women with larger breasts don’t know how to choose a bra that will fit them properly. Moreover, you will notice that the designs for the bras for larger bra cup sizes are not as delicate as for an A or B cup. When considering bra sizes from C and up, the bra needs to offer considerable support, so the straps and the band are wider. But wearing a bra that is suitable for your breasts means relief from back, neck and shoulder pain and also postponing the occurrence of breast ptosis. 3. Exercising without a sports bra How many times have you seen women in the park running or jogging while holding their breasts with their hands or having their breasts jump higher from the chest? It must have happened to all of us at least once. Many women don’t understand the need for proper support during exercising. It is true that sports bras are not as sexy as lingerie, but they are perfect for what they are designed to do: keep the breasts as immobile as possible during exercise to avoid their bouncing and to allow you the liberty of movement. Sports bras are usually made of cotton or a material that is both breathable and compressive. It is also important to get a bra in your size and not smaller or bigger to avoid excessive or a lack of proper compression. Conclusion Breast sagginess is a common occurrence for women after a certain age, but also for teenagers with overly large breasts or women who had massive weight fluctuations in the past. To be able to delay breast sagginess for as long as possible or to avoid accentuating the condition if you are already suffering from it, there are certain things you should avoid. Weight fluctuations should be avoided at all costs as they are the main cause of breast ptosis, and also wearing a wrong size bra or exercising without a sports bra on.