saggy breast

What causes women’s breasts to sag?

Breasts that sag is something that most women experience, especially as they grow older. Breast Ptosis is the medical term for sagging breasts. However, saggy breasts can lead to a poor self-image and low self-esteem in some women. So, what are the common causes of breast sagging and can they be fixed? That’s what this article is all about…

What causes saggy breasts?

Owing to age, ligaments in the breasts, called Cooper’s ligaments, stretch over time. This is usually due to gravity, though there could also be other causes. There are several misconceptions regarding the causes of saggy breasts. The common causes of saggy breasts however are:

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Collagen Deficiency
  • Oestrogen Deficiency
  • High Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Gravity
  • Larger Breast Size
  • Multiple Pregnancies
  • Menopause
  • Rapid Weight Gain followed by Weight Lossor Weight Loss followed by Weight Gain
  • Smoking
  • Sunburn

The following do not cause saggy breasts:

  • Not wearing a bra
  • Breastfeeding
  • Wearing a bad bra

How you can prevent or treat saggy breasts

If you want to improve breast firmness and prevent or treat saggy breasts, you can do the following:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight: You should not lose weight or gain weight, but you should keep your weight consistent at a level that’s healthy for you. This could prevent your breasts from sagging and could make your breasts firmer.
  2. Wear a well-fitting, comfortable bra: While you should do this throughout the day, you should especially do so during exercising, such as jogging and your other workouts. You should wear a sports bra with ample support and moulded cups to reduce breast motion. A study suggests that breast motion from exercise leads to sagging breasts. However, additional research and more studies are needed to confirm this finding. Also, when not working out you do not necessarily need to wear a bra. In fact, wearing the wrong bra size may cause your breasts to sag, as opposed to not wearing one at all.
  3. Do not smoke or quit smoking: Smoking definitely accelerates the aging process and aging causes all tissues, including breast tissues and ligaments, to lose firmness and sag. Smoking speeds up aging by destroying elastin, which is a protein that helps your skin remain supple. Smoking contributes to sagging breasts.
  4. Get a hormone test:If you are menopausal, you may experience a decrease in the hormone, oestrogen. This may be associated with a decrease in tissue collagen. You can improve breast shape and form by finding healthy ways to boost oestrogen. These include taking phytoestrogens and supplements to improve breast shape and form.
  5. Carefully consider pregnancy: Studies show that multiple pregnancies are another cause of sagging breasts. If you want an unchanged breast appearance more than you want a family, you could consider avoiding getting pregnant.
  6. Perform a pectoral muscle workout: There are no muscles in the breasts themselves, but you can exercise the muscles underneath your breasts. These are the pectoralis major muscles and exercise that targets these muscles may give your breasts a little natural lift.
  7. Get plastic surgery: You can also undergo plastic surgery that can lift your breasts. There are many different cosmetic surgery procedures that can do this. These procedures can restore your breasts to a more youthful, supple appearance. These procedures have the most dramatic results.

Common plastic surgery procedures to treat sagging breasts

There are several procedures that can be carried out on their own or in tandem with other procedures to treat sagging breasts. Some of them are:

  1. Breast Lift: A breast lift, also called a Mastopexy, raises the breast by removing excess skin. It also tightens the breast tissue to reshape and support an improved breast contour. However, breast lifts do not change the size of the breasts, so those with large breasts may require a reduction surgery.
  2. Breast Augmentation:Some surgeons may suggest breast augmentation in order to reduce breast ptosis. Depending on the classification of ptosis, you may require both an augmentation and a breast lift.
  3. Mastectomy: Some may require a mastectomy, which involves removing breast tissue. However, surgeons do not usually recommend a mastectomy for those with significant breast ptosis, due to the risk of nipple problems.

In order to find out what procedure or combination of procedures will work best for you, do consult your cosmetic surgeon. If you have significant breast ptosis, you need to consult the right cosmetic surgeon. One such cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgeon is Dr. S. Suma, of, based in Hyderabad, India.

She is extremely skillful and is also extremely kind and empathetic. She will understand your need to treat your sagging breasts and will also understand your self-image and the need to restore your self-esteem. She will work closely with you right from the first consult and will never rush you. She will treat you as an individual from the time you begin your consultation with her.

So, if you have sagging breasts and need an extremely skillful, empathetic, and compassionate surgeon, look no further than Dr. S. Suma and come away completely satisfied with the results. After all, this is your body and your body image that we’re talking about!

To know more about the causes and treatment for sagging breasts, as well as the other cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures that Dr. S. Suma performs, you can get in touch with her at +91 86 86 042 042 or email her at or visit her website at

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