As women grow older, it’s natural for the original shape of their breasts to lose elasticity and droop. While this can be a source of anxiety for many women, breast sagging (ptosis) is one of the most common conditions treated by plastic surgeons.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best natural and surgical solutions to fix saggy breasts, including everything you need to know about breast lift surgery (mastopexy).
Our body contouring expert, Dr Omar Tillo, is a double board-certified surgeon specialising in treating saggy breasts through breast lift surgery. With extensive experience in the field, he has the skills and expertise to design a bespoke treatment plan according to each patient’s desired aesthetic.
What Causes Saggy Breasts?
The most common cause of saggy breasts is the natural ageing process. As women age, the skin of their breasts becomes gradually less tight, making it increasingly difficult to support the weight of the breast tissue underneath.
In addition to the passage of time, there are several other reasons why breast sagging may occur:
- Menopause causes hormonal changes that can affect skin elasticity
- Multiple pregnancies can result in breast sagging as the ligaments that support your breasts stretch and droop with the added pressure
- Rapid weight loss or weight gain can significantly affect the internal structures of breasts
- A high BMI causes skin and breast tissue to stretch and droop
- Larger, heavier breasts are more susceptible to sagging
- Smoking may cause skin to lose its flexibility and strength
Natural Remedies to Fix Saggy Breasts
There are several natural remedies you can try at home to fix saggy breasts. Listed below are some of the most effective:
Firm Your Breasts With Exercise
The fibrous connective tissue and muscles beneath your breasts can be exercised to improve the overall appearance of your chest. The best exercises for this include swimming, pushups, bench press, and arm curls.
Lose Weight With a Balanced Diet
Try to maintain a healthy weight for your body type, as being overweight can place too much pressure on your skin tissue. A balanced, healthy diet can help with this, as can leaning on the expertise of a qualified nutritionist.
Find a Bra That Fits Right
A high-quality, properly fitted bra will provide you with much-needed support, reducing the strain on your breasts’ supporting muscles and tissues. Be sure to get your bra re-fitted if you gain or lose weight.
Focus on Improving Posture
A bent or hunched back can cause your breasts to hang by their own weight, placing added pressure and tension on the breast tissue.
However, keeping your back straight and your shoulders back will evenly distribute the weight in your body, helping to protect against sagging.
Cosmetic Solutions to Lift Saggy Breasts
While home remedies can help to some extent, the only permanent, definitive solution to saggy breasts is breast lift surgery.
Lift Your Saggy Breasts With Breast Lift
This cosmetic procedure lifts and reshapes sagging breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping breast tissue. As a result, breasts have a more youthful, perkier appearance.
Benefits of a Breast Lift
- Mastopexy provides saggy and drooping breasts with added support, making them look perkier and feel firmer
- There are certain breast lift techniques, such as the crescent lift and periareolar lift, which provide low scar visibility
- Opting for a breast lift can restore a more attractive breast shape, giving your whole body a more contoured and youthful appearance
- Surgery can alleviate the discomfort and irritation caused by excess skin around the breasts
Cost of a Breast Lift
In general, the price of a breast lift in London at the CREO Clinic starts from £8,500. However, because the treatment is an individualised surgery, the final cost of a breast lift can vary depending on the surgical needs of each patient.
Breast Lift Procedure
The surgeon starts by administering an anaesthetic before making the relevant incisions on the surgical site according to one of the four breast lift techniques.
After this, the required amount of excess skin is removed, and the breast tissue is reshaped. Finally, the remaining breast skin is brought back together and tightened as the incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches.
How Long is Breast Lift Recovery?
Most patients return to work and resume the vast majority of their daily activities within two weeks – once the post-surgical swelling and soreness in the breasts has reduced. A full breast lift recovery can be expected after six weeks.
To learn more about your breast lift recovery timeline and when it is safe to exercise, read our blog on the topic.
When Can You See Results After Breast Lift?
It’s normal for your breasts to feel tight and appear slightly higher than expected immediately after breast lift surgery. However, over the next couple of months, your body will begin to heal, allowing the final results to become visible around the six-month mark.
Ideal Candidates For Breast Lift
You will be a good candidate for a breast lift if:
- Your confidence has been affected by the fact that your breasts droop or have lost shape
- Your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape, which causes discomfort
- You are physically healthy and able to maintain a stable weight
- You are post-pregnancy and don’t plan on having any more children
Schedule a Consultation With CREO Clinic Today
If you’re looking for a long-term solution for saggy breasts and believe breast lift surgery is the right choice for you, contact us to schedule a 1-on-1 consultation with CREO Clinic today.
Our double board-certified surgeon, Dr Tillo, specialises in a host of cosmetic procedures, including mastopexy, and will be able to design a bespoke treatment plan for you.