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Why Do Breasts Sag?

In our society, a lifted, “perky” pair of breasts is associated with youth and sexual appeal. Well-supported breasts also suggest that a woman is fit, healthy, and confident in her appearance (after all, why else were push-up bras invented?) Unfortunately, even the healthiest women are likely to experience sagging breasts eventually. A condition known medically as “ptosis,” sagging breasts are perfectly natural; however, many women whose breasts have lost their “perky” quality consider ptosis to be a bothersome issue that stands in their way of feeling youthful.

The elasticity in our skin that helps keep breasts taut can fade due to a number of factors, such as:

As you can see, most of these are natural occurrences which can’t be controlled – but you can incorporate certain habits into your daily routine to reduce your chances of significant sagging. For instance, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, such as with a regular exercise regimen and balanced diet, can keep your bodyweight consistent and lower the risk of sagging breasts. Cigarette smoking is also linked with sagging breasts, as is unprotected, excessive sun exposure; as such, it can be helpful to avoid smoking and invest in a potent SPF sunblock to keep your entire body healthy and your breasts looking “perky.”

While there are ways to slow the “sagging” effect, there is no way to completely prevent the loss of tissue elasticity. Thankfully, breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is an extremely common cosmetic procedure designed to restore a “lifted” effect to the breasts. A leading female physician in Las Vegas plastic surgery, Dr. Mary Herte has performed this surgery on numerous women to help them find their inner beauty and feel confident about their bodies once more.

If you believe a breast lift can help you achieve the figure you crave, contact the Herte Center for Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Herte today.