Breasts often lose part of their volume and sag as a result of pregnancies or weight changes, which can become a significant issue on an aesthetic level as well as a psychological level (loss of confidence and self esteem being some of the most common issues). The only way to restore a normal tone and elasticity in case of breast sagging is breast lift surgery.

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Breast ptosis : severity, causes and treatment

Breast ptosis severity and causes

Breast ptosis, commonly called breast sagging, can have different causes including the following :

  • Excess weight
  • Weight changes
  • Significant breast volume
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Smoking

There are three degrees of ptosis :

  • First degree : the breasts look slightly emptied out, but the nipple sits above the level of the inframammary fold.
  • Second degree : sagging becomes more noticeable. The nipple and areola sit at the same level as the inframammary fold.
  • Third degree : the breasts have lost a significant part of their volume. The nipple and areola sit below the level of the inframammary fold.

Wondering if you can benefit from breast lift surgery ?

Breast lift surgery, or ‘mastopexia’, can be performed on women who have reached the age of majority provided they are in good health, not breastfeeding and not pregnant at the moment of surgery. Based on information collected during the first consultation, the surgeon will determine if the patient can undergo surgery or not.

Surgery is usually advised against in case of disease of the cardiovascular system, clotting or hypertension problems. Patients planning on getting pregnant are advised to postpone their surgery until after pregnancy and breastfeeding period.

Breast lift surgery is recommended to women who are unsatisfied with the appearance of their breasts to the point of being negatively affected in their personal life.