Saggy Breasts – Causes, Symptoms, and Surgical Solutions – Implants, Lift, or Reduction?

As the years go by, the breasts start to lose their perkiness and become saggy. This is a normal part of the ageing process. But, the sagging could also be the result of drastic changes in weight, childbirth, abnormal breast tissue enlargement (macromastia), and hormonal changes.

To restore that perkiness and youthful vigour, countless women are looking for saggy breast solutions that work. Including practical information that can help them recognize the symptoms and causes of the sagginess. Here, you can find all the answers to your queries.

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Why Do Breasts Begin to Sag?

Sagging of the breasts (breast ptosis) is a highly prevalent condition. But, the exact reasons are not clearly defined. One review studied 132 patients presenting for mastopexy (breast lift) or breast augmentation to fix the sagging breasts. (1)

Researchers evaluated the degree of breast ptosis. About 85% of the patients who had at least a single pregnancy, developed negative changes in the shape of their breasts after pregnancy. In 35%, their breast size reduced, and in 30% the size of their breasts increased.

Based on the results, age, history of drastic weight loss (over 50 pounds), increased BMI, bra size, number of pregnancies, and smoking habits were found to be the biggest risk factors for sagging breasts. To find out what causes saggy breasts in detail, take a look at the list below.

The potential causes include:

  • Aging – When the body gets older, it creates fewer reproductive hormones. This changes the shape and texture of the breasts. Age affects the connective tissue in the breast causing it to lose its elasticity. This is a natural consequence of aging.
  • Significant weight changes – Even if you lose a lot of weight, it doesn’t mean you will automatically get perkier breasts. Rapid weight loss shrinks the fatty tissue, but it won’t tighten the already stretched supportive ligaments. Because the breasts have lost their volume, they can look saggy and deflated.
  • Giving birth – Sometimes, when pregnant, the ligaments that support the woman’s breasts could stretch as the breasts grow in size and weight. This type of stretching can leave a mark, or in this case, saggy breasts after giving birth. The sagginess could be easier to spot with every subsequent pregnancy.
  • Macromastia – This condition causes extra breast weight. Excessive breast tissue can make the breasts sag.
  • Hormonal changes – When menopause draws near, the estrogen levels plummet. The glandular tissue shrinks and the milk system no longer works. This makes the breasts more fatty and less dense, which could be a reason behind the sagginess.
  • Big cup size – Breast tissue weight can have a drastic impact on the breasts. The larger the breasts, the bigger their weight and volume. They can start to droop as gravity takes its toll.
  • History of smoking – Long-term smokers may notice they have more stretched breast tissue. They may also be prone to saggy and soft breasts.
  • Insufficient upper body exercise – Since your breasts don’t have muscle, you can’t rely on physical activity to firm up their tissue. But, under the breasts, there are muscles and fibrous connective tissues, which can benefit from upper body exercise. When you do focus on this area, you can amplify the overall look of the chest. (2)

How Can I Fix Saggy Breasts?

What can I do for my breast to stand again? This is a question that often pops up among female patients who want to work on the shape and position of the breast. They want to find the most effective ways to make their sagging breasts firm again.

A breast lift can raise the saggy breasts and restore their previous position. Breast lifts are highly effective at tightening saggy breasts to make them appear fuller. Experts may also suggest other surgical treatments as well, such as breast augmentation or breast implants.

But it depends on the severity of the sagging. For example, a first-degree sagging, surgeons tend to suggest a breast lift only. For moderate sagginess, a breast lift accompanied by breast augmentation might be a more viable treatment option.

Whereas to fix severe ptosis, a breast lift combined with breast implants and augmentation may give patients the desired outcome. If the patient has very large saggy breasts, then a breast reduction can help. But, only a doctor can suggest the best form of treatment.

Real Patient Before and After Brest Reduction Photos

Dr Briggs before and after Breast Reduction patients are shown below. These exhibit a variety of patient outcomes at our Melbourne location. Here is a selection of real patient before and after photos.

All these images have been used with the permission of the patient.

See more real patient before and after photos performed in Melbourne by Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Patrick Briggs.

How to Fix Sagging Breasts Naturally?

There are things about your breasts that you can and can’t change naturally. Breast tissue mostly consists of ligaments, glandular tissue, and fat cells. You can use natural options to gain a slight improvement.

If you are dealing with mild breast sagging, but have no desire to surgically treat the breasts, then there are a couple of natural options you can use to improve the bust. With them, you can minimize the sagging. 

Physical Activity

To work on your breasts, it’s a good idea to strengthen the upper body. Exercises like arm curls, pushups, bench press, and swimming can come a long way. They are capable of bettering the overall look of the chest, posture, and muscle strength.

Changes in Nutrition and Diet

Supplying your body with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals should be a top priority. But, the problem is, many women underestimate the impact of a well-balanced eating routine. Feeding the body with all the nutrients it needs, not only nourishes the skin but also makes the system more resilient and healthy.

By doing that, you are less likely to pack on a few extra pounds. Besides, obesity can put a lot of strain on the skin tissue. The extra fat makes the breasts heavier, thus prone to sagging. Other than the food you are eating, you should steer clear of tobacco.

Smoking is one of the many causes that lead to sagging breasts. So, it would be in your best interest to eliminate this contributing factor. Also, don’t forget to remain hydrated. Water is good for the skin. It can also help the breast tissue work on its overall strength and firmness.

Wearing Proper Breast Support

A bra won’t necessarily fix the sagginess, but it can give the breasts adequate support. It decreases the stress and strain on the breasts’ supporting muscles and tissues. This is particularly useful in women with larger and heavier cleavage. If you lose or gain a few pounds, then you should get the bra re-fitted.

Bras come in different shapes, designs, and styles. A strapless bra wraps around the bust, but won’t create extra support. It is better meant for formal attire, especially when you are going strapless. A T-shirt bra is designed to offer comfort. It can be a good choice for bell-shaped breasts.

But, for fuller and larger breasts, an underwire bra may be necessary. It offers solid support. People who don’t like the underwire can wear wireless bras. However, for very large breasts, an underwire might be optimal to get that full support. (5)

Fixing the Posture

When you sit bent or hunched, your breasts start getting pulled down by their weight. This is creating tension and pressure on the tissue. In some cases, the constant bad posture can make the sagging worse.

Fixing the posture, on the other hand, teaches the body to use better sitting and standing positions. The more you pay attention to it, the least amount of strain you will place on the supporting muscles and ligaments. The good posture is evenly distributing the weight and can slightly help with the sagging.

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Conclusion

As you can see, it is completely normal to experience some level of breast sagging. Especially as you get older or you’ve recently given birth. You can recognize the sagging by paying attention to the shape and position of your breasts and nipples.

To treat the sagginess, women opt for a breast lift. But, sometimes, if the sagging is moderate or severe, then additional procedures may be useful. Like breast augmentation or breast implants. All of these treatments can offer notable results.

When it comes to natural options for better-looking breasts, diet, exercise, good posture, and proper breast support can help. But, don’t expect them to be as effective as surgery. On the contrary, they can provide a mild benefit. Yet, they can be quite handy in the long run.

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Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne Plastic Surgeon – FRCS (Plas)

Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. 

Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.

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