Learn Eight Common Causes of Breast Sagging
It can be an uphill battle for patients in the Long Island, NY area to recapture their once perky breasts with only a healthy lifestyle and exercise. Many women today decide to restore their natural breasts and rejuvenate them with either a breast lift, breast augmentation, or both. Are you tired of dealing with sagging, hanging breasts? Do you feel like your natural breasts will never look the same again after losing weight or having children?
Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev specialize in breast lifts, breast augmentation, and breast revision surgeries for Long Island, NY patients. Read on to learn more about what causes breast sag, also known as ptosis, from North Shore Cosmetic Surgery and how they can help restore or enhance the way your natural breasts look. Some of the common causes of sagging breasts include:
1. Natural aging process
As women get older, the ligaments that make up the breast tissue lose elasticity. Ptosis, or sagging breasts, is a natural consequence of the aging process. As a result, breast volume or fullness is compromised as fat and tissue's underlying support system diminishes.
Hormonal changes cause many of the changes that happen to the breasts when women get older. Low estrogen levels during menopause, or afterward, can cause connective tissue in the breast to lose elasticity. Declining estrogen makes a woman's natural breast tissue dehydrated, so they appear smaller, less perky, and begin to sag.
3. Hormonal imbalance
Women struggling with hormonal changes in collagen and estrogen can see a difference in their breast structure with sagging, stretching, or drooping. While some hormonal imbalances are due to menopause or genetics, it can also be caused by certain medications, like birth control, and some medical conditions.
4. Improper sports bra
A woman's supportive bra should maintain her natural breast shape and lift. Over time, a lack of proper support can take its toll on female anatomy, especially during workouts, such as running. A sports bra with ample support can help reduce breast motion. Studies suggest that breast motion from exercise or strenuous activities can lead to additional breast sag.
5. Breast size
Women genetically predisposed to larger breasts have a higher chance of ptosis or breast sag. Larger breasts have a higher mass content and are heavier, making them more vulnerable to gravity.
6. Multiple pregnancies
Although breastfeeding does not appear to cause a significant risk of breast sag, hormonal changes during pregnancy can expand and shrink a woman's boobs after pregnancy, leading to sagging tissues that have lost elasticity. Rapid weight gain and loss before and after pregnancy can also add to this issue.
7. Rapid weight loss
Breast sag after weight loss is a common issue for women because the ligaments, skin, and tissue that support the breast cannot fully retract as volume and fat decrease.
Aging causes breast tissue and ligaments to lose firmness Smoking accelerates the aging process. It speeds up aging by destroying elastin, a helpful protein naturally produced in the body to keep skin supple and voluminous.
Is there a surgical procedure that can help sagging breasts?
The dedicated team at North Shore Cosmetic Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Layliev, understands how frustrating ptosis or sagging breast issues can be for Long Island, NY patients. Most women are self-conscious about how their natural breasts look, and it plays a significant role in their self-esteem and how feminine they feel.
Whether you've noticed your breasts change with weight loss, pregnancy, or age, a breast lift or breast augmentation surgery can help. A breast lift is a surgical procedure that treats sagging breasts by removing loose skin and tightening the remaining tissue, restoring a woman's natural breasts to a perkier position. Breast augmentation surgery can also provide dramatic results by providing more volume and size. Patients can even consider breast augmentation with a lift, done simultaneously, allowing women one recovery period.
What are my next steps?
You can restore your deflated, saggy breasts to a more youthful, perky contour with help from the experts at North Shore Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY. During your initial consultation, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev will listen to your concerns and determine the right options to customize a surgical plan to achieve your aesthetic goals. Call our office today to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our award-winning board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev, and start loving the way you look again.