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Saggy breasts - what causes them, symptoms and what you can do if you’re concerned

Medically reviewed by
Dr. Jaffer Khan

Saggy breasts happen to most women and can occur at any stage of your life – and you don’t need to have gone through pregnancy or the menopause to have them.

But while some accept the softer, more pendant-like shape to their breasts, it can be a cause of concern and upset for others.

So, what causes breasts to sag and how can they be treated?

What is considered sagging breasts?

The medical name for sagging breasts is breast ptosis and the most common indications of it include:

  • Lower positioning of the breast – breasts might appear to be lower down the chest than they were previously.
  • Nipple pointing downwards – doctors use the position of the nipple to determine the level of ptosis. A breast is considered sagging if the nipple sits in line with or below the fold of the breast or is pointing down.
  • Loss of fullness – a change in volume, particularly in the upper part of the breast, may be a sign of sagging.

Your breast shape and size changes over time as your body develops and goes through major life stages. If you’re concerned about any changes, consult your doctor and ask for advice.

What are the causes of sagging breasts?

Sagging usually occurs when Cooper’s ligaments, which lift and support your breasts, become stretched. This tends to happen over an extended period of time.

But other factors can cause breasts to sit lower down, such as:

  • Larger, heavier breasts that naturally have a higher risk of sagging.
  • Collagen deficiency.
  • Low oestrogen levels.
  • High body mass index (BMI).
  • Weight gain during pregnancy or multiple pregnancies.
  • Rapid weight loss following weight gain (and vice versa).
  • Menopause.
  • Smoking.

Stories that breastfeeding and going braless can cause your breasts to sag are myths, not facts. It’s pregnancy, and weight gain and loss that will cause sagging, and although a bra can help keep your breasts in place, they cannot stop time and gravity.

Potential treatments

Breast augmentation is the most popular surgical procedure across the globe, with more than 1.7 million taking place in 2019 – and it can be a great solution if you want to do something about sagging breasts.

If you are considering the surgical route, there are three main treatments that can reshape your breasts and reduce the signs of drooping:

  • Breast lift – a lift reshapes your breasts, so they sit higher on your chest bone, and repositions your nipple above the breast fold.
  • Breast augmentation – saline or silicone implants increase the volume of your breast for a fuller look.
  • Breast fat transfer – fat is taken from another part of your body using liposuction, then transferred to your breasts to create the desired shape.

You can also combine a breast lift with implants or fat transfer to enhance the shape of your breasts and increase the volume at the same time.

How to treat saggy breasts, plus other things you need to know

Are saggy breasts permanent?

Breast shape and size fluctuate throughout your life, depending on your age, weight, hormone levels and lifestyle. To permanently restore your breasts to their previous position, you may require surgery.

If you choose to have a breast lift or augmentation, you’ll usually see longer-lasting results – though you may need a follow-up surgery to ensure the effects are permanent.

How much does treating saggy breasts cost?

The cost all depends on the type of treatment you choose to have.

Breast augmentation surgery generally costs between 23,000 SAR and 30,000 SAR.

The average cost of breast lift surgery ranges from 18,000 SAR to 26,000 SAR.

And don’t forget to enquire about your doctor’s fee, anaesthetic costs, and any overnight stays.

How can I find saggy breast treatments near me?

Use our clinic locator to arrange a treatment near you.

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