It can be concerning when breast ptosis (sagging) occurs a short time after breast augmentation. While breast augmentation surgery aims to enhance breast shape and volume, certain factors can contribute to this ptosis. Here are some potential causes:

  • Skin Elasticity: The natural aging process, combined with factors such as genetics, weight fluctuations, and hormonal changes, can affect skin elasticity. Over time, this can lead to breast ptosis even after augmentation.
  • Implant Size and Weight: The size and weight of breast implants can influence the degree of breast sagging. Larger and heavier implants can exert more gravitational force on breast tissues, potentially contributing to early ptosis. Most breast surgeons who perform augmentation use some form of the Tissue Based Approach to augmentation, which is a published, validated method used to assess the proper size of implant for a particular body type.
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause changes in breast volume, glandular tissue, and skin elasticity. These changes can result in breast ptosis, which may become more evident after augmentation.
  • Inadequate Support: Wearing improper or unsupportive bras or not wearing a bra at all can impact breast tissue and contribute to sagging. It is crucial to provide adequate support to the breasts, especially after augmentation surgery.
  • Prior Ptosis: Pre-existing breast ptosis can persist or worsen after augmentation if the appropriate surgical techniques to address the sagging were not employed during the initial procedure.

It is essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a comprehensive evaluation. At Blue Ocean Plastic Surgery, our team would assess the degree of ptosis, review your medical history, and discuss the available options, which may include a breast lift (mastopexy) in combination with implant revision, if necessary.

If this is your concern or you have other questions, a thorough evaluation by our team is the first step…call us at 239-688-2677 to schedule a consultation today.

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