Why do breasts sag after weight loss and what can I do?
Breasts sag after weight loss because the ligaments that support the breast and the breast skin only have a limited ability to retract as the fatty element of the breast lose volume.
The skin envelope is relatively larger and the internal ligaments are overstretched by this point.
This effect can be compounded by genetic variance in skin elasticity and natural collagen levels. Patients, who naturally have large breasts, will also always suffer more than those with a flat chest since there is a greater weight and more to sag. Pregnancy can have the same effect.
As you gain weight, the fatty tissue in your breast expands as it does in all areas of the body. This makes the breast area heavier and larger, putting more strain and pressure on the connective tissue and ligaments that connect the breast to the chest.
When you then lose that extra weight, the fatty tissue in the breast shrinks away, but does not tighten the stretched underlying supportive ligaments.
The overall effect after weight loss is therefore a noticeable deflation of volume in the breast envelope, and the appearance of inelastic pocket of excess surface skin. This 'sagging' is often perceptible to the eye, and the cause of a degree of psychological distress.
There are three key surgical treatments to correct breasts after you have lost weight and they have sagged, and to restore their original volume and contours.
Breast Augmentation – to increase the volume of the breast via a breast implant, leaving a smoother, firmer appearance as the excess skin is draped over a larger breast mould
Natural Breast Augmentation (Fat Transfer) – to increase the volume of the breast via the injection of the body’s own fat, harvested from other areas of the body by liposuction. When injected at enough volume, the fat re-inflates the breast to its previous capacity
It is also very common to combine a lift procedure with an augmentation procedure of your choice for the optimal outcome. Your specialist breast consultant can answer all of your questions and provide guidance at your consultation.
Female breast size is determined by several factors, including genetics, body weight and hormonal influences. Unfortunately, larger breasts can often be associated with a variety of problems, ranging from self-consciousness and inconvenience (especially if you are particularly sporty, or if you struggle to find flattering, well-fitting bras and clothes), through to more serious discomfort. This can include backache, neck pain and skin irritation.
By combining the optimal choice of treatment with my skills and surgical vision, I am able to create the natural ‘invisible’ finish for my patients. I believe in exceptional one to one care and in taking the journey together from the start to finish.
When it comes to making a decision about which provider or surgeon to select as your chosen preference for your Breast Lift procedure, safety and quality of care are typically the most important considerations to think about, alongside any Clinic and surgeon’s level of experience with Breast Lift procedures.