Why do breasts sag over time?

If you’re starting to feel that your breasts aren’t as perky as they once were, there can be many reasons for this – and ‘time’ is just the most obvious one. We know that as we age, there is a marked decline in the skin’s elasticity, robbing it of the ability to snap back into place when we lose weight. But when it comes to breasts, other factors come into play;

Causes of breast sagging: Smoking

It’s a firmly-established fact that a long-term smoking habit breaks down a protein in the skin known as elastin, which supports the breasts and supplies the skin with an element of ‘give’.

Causes of breast sagging: Pregnancy

In a study conducted over the course of a decade, 55% of women involved reported an adverse change in breast shape after pregnancy. However, breastfeeding does not appear to have an adverse effect on the appearance of the breasts.

Causes of breast sagging: Vigorous exercise

While exercise – running especially – is a great way to keep fit, the three-dimensional movements larger breasts can make during exercise sessions can contribute to sagging over time.

The solution? Cosmetic breast surgery

Breast augmentation surgery – which increases a woman’s cup size with the insertion of saline or silicone implants – is a procedure which involves making an incision (usually under the breasts, but sometimes to the side of the breasts), followed by the insertion of an implant.

A breast lift – as the name implies – aims to raise and firm the breasts without increasing the cup size, resulting in a new upper-body contour. It also works as a fix for sagging breasts, repositioning the nipples for a more natural look, and reducing the appearance of an enlarged areola.

If any of the above issues are getting you (and your breasts) down, maybe it’s time to talk to us. We specialise in the entire range of breast surgery procedures and can provide a bespoke plan of action to help you restore your shape and appearance.

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