Sagging breasts can be seen as less feminine and more generally as an unsightly and unwanted change of the body. Breast ptosis (breast sagging) can cause discomfort, loss of confidence and self-esteem. Breast ptosis tends to worsen over time, which is why many women undergo breast lift surgery, a procedure designed to lift up the breasts and make breast tissues more compact.
What are the signs of breast ptosis ?
Breast ptosis can be identified by looking at the position of the nipple in relation with the inframammary fold. If the nipples are at the same height as the inframammary fold or lower, breast ptosis might be taking its course.
You can use a simple test to assess breast ptosis: place a pencil along your inframammary fold. If it does not fall, you might be affected by breast ptosis. It is important to keep in mind that only a qualified cometic surgeon can confirm breast ptosis and recommend a suited treatment.
Breast ptosis: who does it affect ?
Breast ptosis results from skin laxity in the breast’s skin envelope and skin laxity is caused by natural aging, physiological changes associated with pregnancy and breast feeding as well as significant weight fluctuations.
Certain breast ptosis cases are diagnosed from adolescence, when the breasts form, those are of congenital origin.
Breast ptosis treatment
Breast lift surgery is specifically intended to treat breast ptosis. During this procedure, the surgeon lifts up the mammary gland and removes excess skin to reposition the breasts. The areolas are also repositioned when necessary. These corrections lift up the breasts, restore their youthful position and projection without changing breast volume. Breast implants can be used in combination with this lift to increase breast volume as well.