Breast ptosis is a phenomenon that affects many women around the world.
Breast ptosis occurs when there is a sagging of the breasts (the breasts look droopy), which can be slight or more significant. Here is everything you need to know about the possible causes of breast ptosis, as well as the solutions considered to remedy it.
The most common cause of breast ptosis is aging: with age, the breasts inevitably lose their elasticity, which makes the skin of the chest more distended and loose. Gravity also plays a role in this phenomenon, as it will contribute to pulling the breasts down.
Another important factor is the size of the breasts: the larger the breasts, the more likely they are to sag naturally over time. Other factors that can greatly influence the aggravation of this phenomenon are genetic factors, repeated weight loss and gain, and the aftermath of a pregnancy.
If you do the test yourself, then you can use the ruler technique. It is simply a matter of taking a ruler and standing in front of a mirror with your chest uncovered.
You should then place the ruler in the crease under your breasts. Once this is done, you can evaluate the degree of ptosis by comparing the position of the nipple with the top of the ruler.
For example, if the nipple is slightly above the top of the ruler, then the ptosis is considered mild. If the nipple is far below the top of the ruler, then the ptosis is severe.
But the best way to verify if you really suffer from ptosis, and if there is a breast asymmetry, is to consult a plastic surgeon. He or she will be able to confirm the diagnosis and suggest the best solutions to remedy the problem.
Nowadays, with cosmetic surgery, it is possible to remedy sagging breasts effectively and permanently. In fact, the procedures proposed to remedy this phenomenon are among the most performed operations in the world.
The procedures are quick, and the results are very satisfactory.
Generally, here are the surgical solutions proposed to patients with breast ptosis:
– Mastopexy: The breast lift, or mastopexy, raises the breasts. The repositioned breasts will have a rejuvenated and more aesthetic appearance. However, this operation should not be confused with a breast augmentation, which gives more curves to the chest by placing implants.
– Breast augmentation with implants: The main advantage of breast implants is that they not only lift the breasts, but also give them a more attractive and aesthetic appearance. The implants are made of silicone gel, can last for many years, and will be placed in front or behind the pectoral muscle. The type of incision and the technique used will depend on the patient’s morphology and the surgeon’s habits. If you decide to have this procedure, you will be able to choose the shape and volume of the prostheses with the surgeon before the operation.