Sagging Breasts


If you’re like many women, you like the idea of having firm, perky breasts. Sadly, nature does not always cooperate. Over time, with the effects of age and gravity, virtually all breasts inevitably sag. While you may have to accept that sagging breasts are likely a condition you will have to face at some point in your life, what you don’t have to do is live with it. Illuminate Plastic Surgery has many great options for improving your breast position.

Woman covering her breasts with her hands


The clinical name for sagging breasts is breast ptosis. But what causes it? The main causes of sagging breasts are age and gravity. Over time, ligaments in the breasts known as Cooper’s ligaments tend to stretch out, being pulled by gravity. Eventually, this leads to breast sagging. Other contributing factors can include a collagen deficiency, a high body mass index, multiple pregnancies, rapid weight loss or gain and large breast size. Regardless of what caused your sagging breasts, we have excellent ways of reversing the effect.

Treatment Options for Sagging Breasts

There are multiple ways of addressing your sagging breasts, depending upon your specific situation:

  • Breast Lift – The mastopexy, or breast lift, is one of the most popular ways of correcting sagging breasts. In this procedure, Dr. Boudreault makes a special incision customized to the size and appearance of your breast. He will then get rid of any excess skin and fatty tissue, reshape the breast to a more desirable position and reposition your nipple and areola in the correct location for your new breast.
  • Breast Reduction The larger the breasts, the more likely it is that gravity will cause them to sag. In this procedure, the doctor makes an incision in the breast, removes excess tissue and reshapes the breast to a smaller, more compact shape with less sagging.
  • Breast Augmentation – An incision is made in the breast and a silicone or saline implant is inserted to give the breasts size and lift.
  • Breast Fat TransferA popular alternative to breast augmentation, this procedure is the same as a breast augmentation, with the important exception that the breast is augmented by your own fatty tissue, which is removed from an area where you have excess fat you wish to eliminate via liposuction.

Results from Sagging Breast Procedures

As soon as the procedure is complete, you will notice a marked difference in the appearance and shape of your breasts, which will probably become more noticeable as you heal and bandages are removed. Your breasts will be higher, firmer and in a more pleasing shape. Clothes will fit better, you will look better and younger and in all likelihood you will have greater self-confidence and less social anxiety. If your sagging was caused by very large breasts and you had a reduction, you will probably experience less back pain and better breathing.

Correct Sagging Breasts in Palo Alto, California

At Illuminate Plastic Surgery, helping our patients correct issues with sagging breasts is one of our specialties. We have performed countless successful breast procedures for our Silicon Valley clients and would love for you to join our ranks of satisfied customers. To discuss your sagging breast concerns, please call us today at 650.433.8621 or fill out the form below to schedule an appointment at our Palo Alto facility.


* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

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