Addressing Sagging Breasts: Understanding, Causes, and Treatments

Deemesh Oudit - Manchester Plastic Surgery

1. What are Sagging Breasts?

Sagging breasts, medically referred to as breast ptosis, is a condition characterized by a change in the shape and elasticity of the breasts, resulting in a drooping appearance. This condition is a natural part of the aging process for many women, but it can also affect individuals at various stages of life. The severity of breast ptosis is classified based on the position of the nipple relative to the inframammary fold—the crease underneath the breast—ranging from mild to severe.

2. What Causes Sagging Breasts?

Several factors contribute to the development of sagging breasts, and understanding these can help manage expectations and inform treatment options. The primary causes include:

– Aging: Over time, the skin loses its elasticity, and the ligaments that support the breast tissue, known as Cooper’s ligaments, stretch out. This natural decline in skin and tissue resilience leads to a sagging appearance.
– Gravity: The constant pull of gravity over the years naturally causes the breasts to droop, especially if they are larger and heavier.
– Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in hormones, particularly during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause, can affect the firmness and volume of breast tissue.
– Weight Fluctuations: Significant weight gain or loss can stretch or shrink the skin and breast tissue, sometimes resulting in a sagging appearance.
– Genetics: The genetic makeup of an individual can predetermine skin elasticity and breast density, which can influence the likelihood of developing breast ptosis.
– Lifestyle Factors: Factors such as smoking can accelerate the loss of skin elasticity, while lack of proper support during physical activities can contribute to the stretching of breast ligaments.

3. How to Treat Sagging Breasts

Sagging breasts, medically known as breast ptosis, can be effectively treated through specialized surgical procedures. Dr. Deemesh Oudit offers the following treatments at his clinic, tailored to meet each individual’s aesthetic goals and address the specific needs of their condition:

  • Breast Lift (Mastopexy): This surgical procedure is designed to raise and reshape sagging breasts. It involves removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to rejuvenate the breast contour. The nipple and areola may also be repositioned to enhance the breast’s youthful appearance.

  • Breast Augmentation: For those experiencing both sagging and volume loss, Dr. Oudit combines breast augmentation with a lift. This procedure not only increases the fullness of the breasts but also elevates and reshapes them, providing a comprehensive enhancement.
  • Breast Reduction: In some cases, sagging is accompanied by excessive breast weight, which can be alleviated through breast reduction. This procedure removes breast tissue and skin to create a more lifted and proportionate breast shape.

Each of these procedures is conducted with the utmost care and precision, ensuring results that align with the patient’s vision and Dr. Oudit’s commitment to excellence in cosmetic breast surgery.

Ultimately, the most effective way to treat sagging breasts is through surgical intervention, particularly a breast lift or a combination of a lift with implants. It’s essential to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Deemesh Oudit, to discuss the best treatment options based on individual needs and desired outcomes. With an experienced surgeon, patients can achieve a more youthful breast contour and renewed confidence in their appearance.


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January 18, 2023

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January 18, 2020

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November 18, 2023

I had a few consultations in Ireland (that's were I'm from) and I decided to get a few from the UK also. Dr Deemesh Oudit put me at ease immediately ,went through everything with me including the current medication I am on that I felt so confident I decided to go ahead. My preop was done over the phone and I was able to travel over the day before surgery to get my bloods done. I saw Dr Oudit before my surgery and after my surgery. I had also been given all of the information I needed before going for surgery for the care after. The surgery was pain free all I had was just some neck stiffness. The nursing staff were brilliant and catering staff in Beaumount were lovely. I am absolutely delighted with the results, I have one other small procedure to have done. I would definitely recommend Dr Oudit to my friends and family, it took about a year to make the decision to go ahead because of the other consultations that I have had. Also Michelle Oudit who deals with his correspondence is also great.

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October 18, 2023

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