One of the most common concerns for patients is sagging of the breasts. Sagging, also known as breast ptosis, is characterized in severity by evaluating the position of the nipple in relation to the fold where the breast meets the chest cavity, the inflamammary fold. Ptosis is generally understood to be a natural consequence of aging, but the effects can also be made more extreme during pregnancy as the woman’s body fails to recover from changes.

Breast ptosis is directly a result of the skin’s loss in elasticity over time. The skin’s elasticity is the skin’s ability to stretch and return to the shape it was before. However, as we age, there are a few reasons the skin loses its elasticity. Genes, smoking, sun exposure, stress and sleep patterns all play a role in your skin’s health, which affect skin elasticity. Consult with a cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Tuesday Bigelow if you have more questions about breast ptosis and skin elasticity.

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