Just like other areas of the body, the skin and tissues of the breasts can sag and droop over time. The primary reasons for breast sag are the natural aging process and the effects of gravity; although factors like pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight fluctuation can intensify the sagging.
Dr. Donald Hause, a sought-after plastic surgeon serving Sacramento and the surrounding areas, often meets women concerned with breast sag who believe breast augmentation can improve the problem. In most cases, this assumption is incorrect. Read on as Dr. Hause explains why.
Implants May Improve Minimal Amounts of Sagging
In a very small number of cases where breast sag is minimal, placing implants can create the illusion of perkier breasts. The implants will improve the volume and projection of the breasts, giving them a very slight lift, but the implants won’t lift low or downward-pointing nipples. Usually, plastic surgeons do not recommend breast augmentation to women concerned with sagging breasts.
Most Women Need Breast Lift
Most women with sagging breasts cannot achieve the desired “lifted” appearance with breast implants alone. The more appropriate surgical solution is to perform breast lift, during which:
- the breast tissue is tightened and reshaped higher on the chest wall
- excess skin is trimmed
- the remaining skin is tightened
- the nipple-areolar complex is lifted higher on the breast mound
Implants can be placed at the time of breast lift surgery to add volume, if desired. This is a popular option among women who have lost natural breast fullness and shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Determining What’s Best for Your Needs
Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to determine what’s right for your own personal needs and goals. When you sit down with Dr. Hause, he will examine your breasts and note the amount of breast sag, the elasticity of your skin and the position of your nipple-areolar complex. He will also ask you about your desired aesthetic outcomes. Based on the examination and your discussion, Dr. Hause will recommend the approach most likely to help you achieve your goals. Ultimately you will have the final say in how to proceed with treatment.
Book an Appointment with Dr. Hause
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hause to discuss your breast surgery needs and goals, we invite you to contact our Sacramento practice today.