Let’s admit it: there is a certain allure attached to the breasts. Men are attracted to them while women see them as a distinct symbol of their womanhood. However, as fascinating as breasts are, they are still susceptible to changes that make them lose their youthful and taut appearance like the rest of the body. And a common problem associated with breasts is ptosis or sagging.
Breast ptosis is one of the typical problems I often encounter in my years of practice as a plastic surgeon. It usually occurs when the supporting tissues of the breasts (Cooper’s ligaments) lose its elasticity and become lax. What causes these tissues to slack remain unspecified until today. However, a study showed that several risk factors contribute significantly to the loss of elasticity of these supporting tissues and eventual sagging of the breasts. Such risk factors include age, significant weight fluctuations, larger bra cup size, number of pregnancies and smoking habits.
There are several ways to prevent the breasts from sagging or at least reduce the effects of these factors. During consultations, I provide my patients with non-surgical and surgical options to address their breast ptosis. Non-surgical options include wearing a well-fitted supportive brassiere, proper chest exercises, and healthy weight maintenance techniques while surgical recourse involves undergoing a breast lift surgery.
Mastopexy, or commonly known as Breast Lift, is a cosmetic procedure designed to address drooping breasts. This surgery involves trimming away excess, overstretched skin and reshaping breast tissues into a more aesthetically pleasing form and position. It may also include reducing the size of enlarged areolas and repositioning the nipples into a higher and more forward position.