Sagging, also known as ptosis, of the breasts occurs in various stages. When no laxity is present, the lower breast tissue sits above the inframammary line, and the nipples point forward. As laxity develops, your breast tissue migrates lower toward the inframammary line. In women with significant degrees of ptosis, most of the lower breast tissue sits below the line, and the nipples point downward.
When your breasts lose their shape and perky position, you may find that they age your appearance. While laxity is common as we age, younger women can have older-looking breasts following pregnancy or weight loss. Returning your breasts to a more pleasing position on the chest can often take years off your overall appearance.
If your breasts lack volume, you might consider implants to improve their appearance. However, implants can exacerbate sagging in women with poor breast laxity. If you are experiencing minor to moderate drooping at the time of your breast augmentation, combining a breast lift can ensure better, longer-lasting results.