S C Mayou
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.
Tagged: Body & Breast
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.
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 solution is to remove the sagging skin by breast lift (mastopexy) or increase the volume via a breast augmentation or natural breast augmentation, or a combination of the two.
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.
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.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Unfortunately, weight loss does not automatically mean perkier breasts. When weight is lost, the fatty tissue in the breast shrinks away, but this does not tighten the stretched underlying supportive ligaments. As a result of losing this volume, the breasts take on a deflated, sagging appearance.
Founded in 2004 by world renowned plastic surgeon Mr Bryan Mayou, we now work with over 100 leading consultants and successfully treat over 20,000 patients each year. We have been winning industry awards since inception.About Us
Best in Class Facilities
All of our treatments take place at our beautiful boutique premises in Chelsea. We have six consulting rooms and five operating rooms, as well as a dedicated pre and post-operative suite, and a full team of specialist nursing staff.Our Clinic
A Strong Tradition of Innovation
We were founded in 2004 by world renown plastic surgeon Mr Bryan Mayou, best known for his pioneering work in the area of liposuction, lasers and microvascular surgery. We continue to collaborate with pioneers in our field.Our History
At Home in Sloane Street, London
We are proud that our state of the art award-winning clinic is located in one of the best neighbourhoods in the countryWelcome to Sloane Street
We offer surgical consultations in London, Birmingham, Chelmsford and Bristol, and attract international patients from all corners of the globe such as as the USA, the Middle East and Europe.Get in Touch
Surgery is by far the best way to fix sagging breasts following dramatic weight loss. We offer three different breast surgeries here at the Cadogan Clinic which will help to restore volume and contours.
Unfortunately, there is nothing which can halt the sagging process. Surgery is the only effective way to correct sagging breasts, restoring a more youthful, perkier appearance.
Breast lift surgery restores the elasticity of the female breast tissue by removing excess sagging tissue in the breast and reshaping and repositioning the breast mound and nipple. The blood supply is preserved at all times. A slight 'over-correction' is typically performed in order to anticipate the breasts dropping into a more natural position as the swelling subsides. The overall effect created is a more ''pert'' and rejuvenated looking breast which falls naturally and proportionally in relation to the rest of the chest.
To ensure the best possible results, your surgeon may also recommend a breast enlargement or reduction, to be performed alongside your breast lift. This will be discussed at your initial consultation.
Breasts can vary greatly from person to person. Through the course of a woman’s life, her breasts will also constantly change and develop.
Breasts can sag for a variety of reasons, including age, pregnancy and weight fluctuations. A good diet, exercises which target the chest muscles behind the breasts, maintaining good posture, nourishing the skin and investing in a good quality supportive bra can help to slow down breast sagging. However, any promise to deliver a meaningful breast lift without surgery or lift your breasts naturally should be treated with extreme caution and care.
Words from our clients:
“I was treated with care and provided with thorough knowledge about the procedure I was undertaking. My surgeon was very methodical (a perfectionist) and I felt I received A class treatment."Courtney O'Sullivan
"Outstanding experience from the first appointment to being discharged. Very professional, friendly and a fantastic outcome."Gemma Stevenson
"There is nothing that I feel could be improved at Cadogan Clinic. I was treated and looked after very well the place was very clean. Perfect. Thank you."Emma Grant
"The treatment was for my daughter and the aesthetic practitioner couldn't have been more helpful and informative all through the course of treatment, it was a great treatment with a brilliant outcome. The whole experience was very professional and any worries we went in with were soon taken away after the team greeted us and treated us."Jessica Yates
"Reception staff very welcoming and efficient. Both nurses who I dealt with were fantastic, and the whole team (anaesthetist, surgeon etc) were friendly but professional, and really put my mind at ease. That I was able to stay later than I perhaps needed after my surgery to fit in with my husbands schedule was greatly appreciated."Emma Davies
The best solution for saggy breasts, and the restoration of more youthful perkier breasts, is via a breast mastopexy or breast uplift procedure. During this type of breast surgery, the surrounding tissue is tightened. The overall effect is to lift the breast position in order to generate a rejuvenated appearance of the breast. Breast uplift surgery does not significantly increase the size of the breasts.
Of course, the ageing process continues beyond the surgery, but a woman can expect her newly uplifted breasts to remain in their new position for a long time after surgery.
However, it is worth noting that the timing of breast lift is important to ensure the optimum result of breast lift surgery. Going through a pregnancy after breast uplift surgery is likely to stretch the breasts again. You may wish to wait until you have finished your family before undergoing breast uplift surgery. It is also advisable to wait at least six months after you have finished your breastfeeding journey, to allow your breasts to regain shape.
Breast lift surgery can help increase body confidence and self-esteem for women whose breasts have sagged as a result of ageing, pregnancy or genetics.
If you are considering this surgery, you will have a consultation with one of the Cadogan Clinic’s expert surgeons which will allow you to express what you hope to achieve through breast uplift surgery. In turn, our expert surgeon will be able to discuss in detail what may or may not be possible given your existing breast anatomy, bone structure and skin quality.
Cadogan Clinic is an award-winning specialist cosmetic clinic, with a track record of delivering safe, high-quality cosmetic surgery. We specialise in breast surgery and the latest surgical breast techniques. We have a roster of top breast specialists on our team.
Book an appointment with one of our experts today and let us help you to achieve your body goals.
Treatments mentioned in this article
Female breast size is determined by several factors, including genetics, body weight and hormonal influences.View Treatment
Breast enlargement surgery, or breast implants or augmentation, is one of our most regularly performed procedures at the Cadogan Clinic and our surgeons are leading experts in this field.View Treatment
My Face My Body
Best Clinic Winner
My Face My Body
Best Clinic Winner
My Face My Body