How to Firm Sagging Breasts

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Breast ptosis (also known as breast sagging) affects virtually all women at some point in their life. This can be caused by factors such as weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and/or the natural aging process. Despite how common sagging breast tissue is, this tends to be an unwanted concern for many women, leading them to seek out ways to firm and lift their breasts.

Breast firming creams and chest exercises are some of the first methods many women try when attempting to restore their perky, youthful breasts. Although various creams are marketed as being able to firm breast tissue, these products do very little to rejuvenate the breasts. Exercises to firm and lift the breasts, however, may provide a subtle lifting effect as they target the pectoral (chest) muscles.

The reason why breast creams and chest exercises simply cannot provide the degree of firming that most women desire is because they do not address the underlying cause of the sagging. The breasts are composed of mostly fat, ligaments, and skin. Over time, the connective tissues gradually stretch, resulting in lax tissue that creates the unwanted drooping effect that many women have.

While certain non-surgical treatments can provide slight firming, the most effective way to significantly lift and firm sagging breasts is through surgical intervention. Breast lift (mastopexy) surgery is a popular procedure that is specifically designed to remove excess tissue and tighten the remaining skin and ligaments. For those wanting to restore the fuller shape of their breasts, breast implants can be incorporated into the lift procedure for an additional enhancement.

To learn more about how surgery can lift the breasts to a more youthful position on the chest wall, please contact Richmond Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Neil J. Zemmel.