What Causes Breast Sagging?

Breast sagging (ptosis) is a common and oftentimes unavoidable occurrence. Over time, nearly everyone with breasts will experience drooping and a general loss of firmness. This is primarily caused by a gradual decrease in skin and tissue elasticity, which can diminish breast projection and contribute to a saggy, “stretched-out” appearance. Although some degree of breast ptosis is natural, other factors can also contribute to the degree of severity and the age when sagging becomes noticeable. These factors include:

  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Lack of proper bra support
  • Smoking
  • Consistent UV exposure
  • A natural predisposition, such as large or heavy breasts

Unfortunately, the effects of gravity and age on breast firmness and projection cannot be entirely mitigated. However, by avoiding harmful habits such as smoking, wearing a supportive and properly fitted bra, and protecting your skin from excessive UV exposure, you can oftentimes slow the process of breast sagging.

If you are already experiencing a noticeable degree of breast ptosis, our board-certified plastic surgeon, James Matas, MD, offers a variety of treatment options that may be able to help.

  • A breast lift is the most commonly recommended treatment for sagging breasts. This procedure removes the excess inelastic skin that causes breast ptosis, while also reshaping and relocating the breasts higher on the chest for a firmer look and a more youthful shape.
  • For those who want to reverse breast ptosis while also restoring or enhancing breast volume, Dr. Matas may recommend a breast lift with implants. This procedure combines the volumizing effects of implants with the firming and shaping capabilities of a breast lift, typically resulting in a fuller, more youthful look.
  • For patients with large and/or heavy breasts, a breast reduction may be a viable option. During the procedure, Dr. Matas will remove the desired amount of excess skin, fat, and/or breast tissue, which usually results in lighter, firmer-looking breasts.

If you have concerns about sagging breasts, please don’t hesitate to contact the Advanced Centre For Plastic Surgery. Dr. Matas and his staff are happy to schedule a consultation or to answer any questions you may have.p

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