Few things are inevitable, but we can think of one: breasts get saggy. While this is true for most women at some point, it is almost a guarantee after losing a lot of weight or breastfeeding. The breasts you had before are never coming back on their own. What can you do? Give us a call for personalized advice and keep reading for some basic tips.
Breasts and Weight Loss- What Happens?
From the minute they develop, your breasts are fighting a war against gravity. At first, they have the benefit of substantial collagen and elastin stores which help keep skin smooth and tight. Over time the breasts change, becoming looser, saggier, and more stretched out. One researcher found that many different factors contribute to breast sagging including pregnancies and significant weight loss/gain (more than 50 pounds). One of the biggest contributors to sagging is smoking since it breaks down the elastin in the skin.
Surprisingly, breast feeding isn’t a major factor in sagging. It is actually the changes that occur to the breasts in pregnancy. Often these changes are first seen after breast feeding, but they would have occurred whether you breastfed or not. After pregnancy and breast feeding are completed the milk glands shrink substantially, leading to a big decrease in breast volume. The skin may also become stretched out due to post-partum weight loss and milk engorgement.
What Can I Do?
If you have sagging breasts, your best option is generally a breast lift. Breast lift surgery raises, firms, and reshapes the breasts. This is accomplished by removing excess skin and reshaping the remaining skin. The nipple position is also moved and the areola can be resized if necessary.
Many women opt for breast augmentation at the same time as a breast lift. If you have less breast tissue than you once did, a lift isn’t going to change that. Adding an implant can give you the size you want while the lift can give you the shape you want. We can help you determine if a breast lift alone or with implants will best achieve your aesthetic goals. During your consultation we can help you “try on” implant sizes to get an idea of what you’ll look like after surgery.
If you’ve lost weight or had a baby, your breasts are probably saggier than you would like. Give us a call today at 540-371-7730 to schedule your consultation to discuss your options.