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Do you know what causes and how you can treat sagging breasts?
Find out in this article.

What causes breast flaccidity?

From the age of 30, the human organism begins the natural process of cell aging, which reduces the production of elements responsible for skin support and elasticity. This means that cells lose the ability to produce collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in abundance, resulting in sagging skin all over the body. It is estimated that, approximately, at the age of 50, the body produces only 35 to 40% of the collagen and elastin needed to firm the skin.

In addition to the aging process, there are other factors that favor breast flaccidity. Abrupt weight loss or breastfeeding are good examples of this. Fat or milk storage causes the skin to stretch due to the increased volume of the tissues. After breastfeeding or after a weight loss process, the elastic fibers of the skin lose their ability to retract, as well as the ligaments that support the breast, due to the fact that they have been stretched, becoming less effective and resulting in flaccid skin.

Another factor that can also contribute to breast flaccidity is not wearing a bra. With the weight of the breast tissue, the skin tends to stretch and in this process the elastic fibers will also lose their ability to retract, resulting in a flacid breast.

The factors that contribute to breast flaccidity are:

  • Aging
  • Gravity
  • pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Concertina effect
  • Habits like smoking and drinking alcohol
  • excessive sun exposure
  • Bad eating habits

How to treat breast flaccidity?

The treatment of breast flaccidity with really satisfactory results will always be surgery. However, it is necessary to realize that there are different levels of breast flaccidity and for each level a different surgical technique will be indicated. When breast flaccidity is mild, it is possible to revert it only with the placement of prostheses. In cases of more advanced flaccidity, a mastopexy, more commonly called a breast lift, will have to be performed to remove excess skin and thus recover the firmness of the breast.

Mastopexy can be performed with or without prostheses, but the placement of prostheses is always recommended to prolong the result of the surgery.

Find out which are the most suitable surgeries to treat breast flaccidity:

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Mastopexy: Plastic surgery designed to promote a breast lifting effect

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