What can help Sagging Breasts?

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Sagging Breasts and drooping of the breasts (breast ptosis) is a natural inevitable process.

A Breast Lift or Mastopexy procedure is one of the common requests from women who seek out our Specialist Plastic Surgeons at Cosmetic Surgery for Women.

Why do breasts sag and droop over time?

  • The most noticeable sagging occurs due to the process called “breast involution.”
  • Breast involution is a process where the milk-making system inside the breast shrinks because it is no longer required.
  • This happens either after weaning or not long after pregnancy if the woman did not breastfeed. It also occurs during menopause.
  • When the tissues inside your breast start to shrink, your breast can look “empty” and saggy.

Drooping breasts at an early age? It’s not uncommon.

Besides breast involution, breasts can start to droop at any age as they do NOT have muscles in them. They have ligaments and connective tissue.

  • When gravity pulls the breasts down, ligaments and breast skin can stretch, which makes breasts droop or sag.
  • This can depend on the elasticity of your skin & ligaments as determined by your genes, your nutritional intake & your environment, as well as normal aging processes.
  • Large breasts often have a greater tendency to sag than smaller breasts, as there is more weight on larger breasts for gravity to pull down.
  • But eventually smaller breasts will sag or start to droop, and if the breasts are fairly empty of tissue (some say they feel these look like a ‘droopy sock’), the nipples can begin to point downward and fall below the infra-mammary fold.

Does Exercise Cause Breasts to Sag, Resulting in Drooping Breasts?

Activities during sports such as tennis or running can, indeed, cause your breast ligaments to stretch or even to tear. It’s always important to consider the support your breasts have during sports and to wear protection if involved in impact sports that might impact your breasts or damage your breast tissue.

Help – I lost weight, and my once full breasts are drooping!

  • Another common cause of sagging breasts is weight loss.
  • Breasts have a high volume of fat tissue to muscle tissue.
  • Tissues can atrophy with age and weight change.
  • When you lose weight, some of the fat will disappear from your breasts.
  • Typically the skin and ligaments inside the breasts do not retract accordingly.
  • This results in an ’empty’ looking breast that then sags or droops.

Do I really need to wear a bra to stop my breasts from drooping with age?

Melbourne Breast Surgeon and Plastic Surgeon, Dr Craig Rubinstein, says:

  • ‘Wearing a supportive sports bra almost every day is essential to prevent breast sagging’.
  • Berlei provides some of the best sports bras available.

Can Vitamins help my breasts?

Non-Surgical Skin Care & Dermal Clinician, Hayley, says that besides wearing a good sports bra:

  • ‘You can strengthen the elasticity of your skin and ligaments via nutrition. Vitamin C is very important for collagen synthesis within the skin and this may help reduce the drooping’.

Because Confidence is Beautiful.

So wear a good sports bra, avoid smoking and have plenty of vitamin C. If all of this fails, then give us a call to see if we can help you.

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Last updated: 13/11/2019
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Dr Geoff Barnett
Dr Geoffrey Barnett, FRACS (Plas) is a Melbourne based Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has over 35 years of expertise in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon for Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Body Contouring Surgery after Bariatric Surgery. Qualifications and Memberships: Specialist Plastic Surgeon (FRACS) Member - Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery [FRACS (Plast). The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is the only professional body recognised by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) to train Surgeons in Australia and New Zealand. Author BIO page: https://plasticsurgeons.com.au/dr-geoff-barnett/