Overview: Sagging breasts
Breast serve as both a gender characteristic and mammary glands, for breast feeding. The process of breast development is a biological one that women go through over multiple stages including prenatal, puberty and pregnancy.
As breast tissue begins to grow they become more noticeable and prominent on the chest. How the breast develops, their size, shape and even density will vary from person to person and is, to a certain degree, determined by genetic disposition. The hormones estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, and growth hormone regulate the growth of breast tissue and are vital for healthy breast development.
Generally, breast start to sag, change shape and loose density as you get older and is a natural part of the ageing process. Some younger women may also have sagging breasts, but this may be down to body fat, changes in weight or a genetic characteristic that has been passed on.
What causes sagging breasts?
Sagging breast can be caused by a number of factors include:
- Weight loss
- Body fat
- Low muscle mass and tone
- Life style – smoking and drinking alcohol
Problems caused by sagging breasts
Having saggy or loose breasts which have lost their density and youthful texture can cause a lot of physical and psychological problems for some women.
It is common for a lot of women that have sagging breasts to experience the follow physical issues:
- shoulder or neck pain
- skin irritation
- rashes and skin infections under the breasts
- grooves on the shoulders from bra straps
- an inability to exercise or take part in sports
A psychological study titled “How your breast size affects your mental health: Having uneven or bigger boobs lowers self-esteem and causes eating disorders” was carried out by doctors at Boston’s Children’s Hospital in 2014 and found some aspects of mental health were lower for girls with large, uneven, breasts, compared to those with ‘normal’ breasts. The findings also indicated that girls with large or asymmetric breasts are worse off emotionally and have much lower self-esteem than their peers.
The study concluded, early medical intervention and mental health counselling can help young girls resolve issues they’re facing.
Can sagging breast be prevented?
Sagging that occurs are part of the ageing process or due to generic make up can’t be prevented. Everyone gets old and there are certain genetic characteristics that can’t be changed. Having said that, there a number of cosmetic solutions that can improve the look and feel of the breasts and help maintain a more youthful appearance.
Making sure you have a good, healthy, and active life style will ensure you maintain your breast for longer and delay age related loosening of breast tissue.
Benefits of lifting sagging breasts?
As previously mentioned, having saggy or loose breast can cause a lot of physical and psychological problems for some women. Having breasts tightened and lifted, by removing excess skin and tissue, can help to reshape and achieve a pleasing outcome.
Apart from the physical and mental benefits of improving saggy breast, it can be used to help:
- Improve the proportions of the body
- Wear the clothes you like
- Improve your posture
- Improve mobility and become more active
- Feel better about yourself
Treatments for large breasts
Breast reduction surgery is a cosmetic treatment designed to reduce the size of the breast. It can help women who feel unhappy with their breasts and alleviate any physical or mental discomforts that may be caused by large or sagging breasts.
The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and can take between one and a half and four hours to complete, depending on the extent of the surgery. Breast reduction surgery involves the removal of excess skin and breast tissues, and if needed, adjust the shape of the breast and reposition the nipples.
The procedure works by tightening loose breast tissue to give needed support to lift and re-shape the breast. Breast lift surgery is commonly carried out on breast that have lost their shape and fullness. Those with large breasts particularly prone to these physical changes.
The operation is generally performed under general anaesthetic and can take two to three hours depending on the type and extent of the procedure.