Breast Lift Surgery: Why It Might Be Needed

No crystal ball can predict if, how much, and how soon your breasts will lose their shape and firmness, and if you’ll need breast implants or a breast lift to perk them up.

Looking for a culprit? You can blame the following for the droop (medically known as ptosis). Hint: the “p” is psilent.

Genetics: Breasts can start drooping at any age depending on your genes and the elasticity of your skin. That’s why it’s not uncommon for teens to have droopy breasts. Some girls say that they were “born with saggy breasts” or that they “just developed this way.”

Pregnancy: When you are pregnant, the developing placenta stimulates the release of hormones, causing your milk glands – and your breasts – to grow and swell. This rapid growth can also cause the skin to stretch. When the milk is gone, your breasts might return to their original size or get bigger, smaller, or droopier.

Weight change: Significant weight gain and loss can also affect your breasts. When you lose weight, it not only reduces the size of your waist and thighs, but it might also reduce the size of your breasts – sometimes dramatically. If the skin and ligaments don’t retract when some of the fat disappears, you could be left with saggy or empty-looking breasts.

Philadelphia DJ Casey chose Dr. Eisenberg to do her breast lift
surgery. Watch her intimate video blog about her experience. 


Gravity: Gravity gets a bad rap. The pull of gravity on your breasts – or your face – isn’t a significant factor in droopiness. It’s more like the skin isn’t as strong as it once was, and it begins to fall down – like a pair of sweatpants that has lost its elastic.

Breastfeeding: Although the number of pregnancies and your pre-pregnancy breast size are factors in post-pregnancy sagging, breastfeeding itself is not.

Going braless: While a bra will keep your breasts from sagging while you are wearing it, there is little evidence that wearing a bra delays or prevents breast droopiness.

LEARN MORE: Thinking about having surgery to perk up your breasts? Find out if you’re a candidate, what the surgery accomplishes and what to expect during recovery in our blog:
How does a breast lift work?