Postnatal Breast Deflation/Sagginess

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Breast deflation, also known as breast ptosis or saggy breasts, is a common condition that women experience. The breasts change over time, sitting lower on the chest with the nipples pointing downwards, and becoming less full. 

Typically, the degree of breast sagginess is measured by the position of the nipple in relation to the breast fold. If the nipple sits above the line of the fold, it is considered normal. If it is on the same level as the fold, it is known as first-degree ptosis. When the nipple has dropped below the fold, it is second-degree ptosis. When the nipple is pointing downward, it has reached the third-degree stage of breast ptosis.

degrees of saggy breast
The degree of breast sagginess depends on the position of the nipple in relation to the breast fold.

What causes breast deflation / sagginess? There are several causes of breast deflation or sagginess, including :

  • Age: as women get older, the ligaments in the breasts lose elasticity, just like other parts of our skin. Collagen and elastin production significantly slows down as we age, causing our skin and muscles to lose their strength and structure. During menopause, breast deflation is often more significant due to a rapid drop in collagen. 
  • Gravity: over several years, the gravitational pull starts to take its toll on breasts, causing them to sag. This is especially true for breasts that are large. 
  • Genetics: genes play a role in the breast structure and amount of tissue and fat. Some people naturally have stronger skin tissue while others may be thinner, causing their breasts to sag.
  • Posture: the way you carry your body may also have an impact on your breasts. Hunched backs and sagging shoulders can make your breasts droop over time. 
  • Smoking: carcinogens in cigarette smoke have been found to cause elastin to break down in the body, leading to saggy skin. 
  • Weight fluctuations: weight gain and loss in the breasts can also damage the skin, leading to a loss in elasticity. This is common for women who are pregnant and breastfeeding which causes rapid weight changes in the breasts. 

What are the symptoms of breast deflation / sagginess?

Symptoms of breast deflation/sagginess include:

  • Loose and saggy skin around the breasts
  • Deflated breasts
  • Nipples on the same level or below the breast fold 

Is breast deflation / sagginess painful?

Breast sagginess can be painful, especially for those with large breasts.

It can lead to stretched ligaments and back pain, as well as rashes and itchiness in the skin folds. It can also cause poor self-confidence and a loss of self-esteem due to the aesthetic concern of having saggy breasts. 

Who is at risk of breast deflation / sagginess in Singapore?

While it is a common part of ageing for women, breast sagginess can also be caused by many factors.

Women with large breasts, those who have recently lost a significant amount of weight, pregnancy or breastfeeding women, or women who have reached the age of menopause, may be at risk of breast sagginess and deflation in Singapore. 

breast deflation
Breast deflation and sagginess can be painful and may also affect a woman’s self-esteem.

How is breast deflation / sagginess diagnosed?

Breast deflation and sagginess can be diagnosed through a visual examination by a doctor who can assess the severity of ptosis in this area. They may also ask for a detailed medical history.

What are the treatment options for breast deflation / sagginess in Singapore?

There are several treatments for breast deflation and sagginess in Singapore as it is a very common condition for women. 

At Artisan Wellness, we offer the following non-invasive treatments for breast deflation and sagginess:

  • CFU Èlife: CFU Èlife is a non-invasive treatment that uses focused ultrasound technology to lift and tighten the skin on various body parts, including the breasts. This method also damages fat cells and activates the body's own cellular mechanisms for tissue regeneration and healing.
  • TempSure Envi RF: TempSure Envi RF uses radio frequency (RF) technology to minimise the appearance of cellulite and saggy skin. RF treatments are an effective way to tighten and firm the skin around the breasts to give them a more youthful appearance.  

Make an appointment with Artisan Wellness today and we can create a bespoke treatment plan for you.

Sagging breasts
Preventing sagging breasts can be difficult as it is a natural part of ageing, but there are several treatment options to firm the skin.

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