Can Breast Augmentation Help Improve Sagging Breasts?

By: Dr. Michael Ogilvie


Drooping of the breasts, more formally known as breast ptosis, is one of the most common cosmetic concerns reported by women each year. Unfortunately, this problem is largely unavoidable and is often associated with aging, breastfeeding, or weight fluctuation — including that associated with pregnancy. While breast sagging may not be entirely preventable, cosmetic surgery offers the exciting opportunity to improve or even reverse breast ptosis, helping to restore a more youthful look and boosted self-esteem. At Ogilvie Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Ogilvie performs a full suite of customizable breast enhancement surgeries to help women achieve the more feminine, age-defying look they desire. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at whether breast augmentation surgery alone can correct breast sagging.

Why are my nipples pointing down?

As a woman ages, her skin naturally loses some of its elasticity. This, combined with gravity, can cause the breasts to become saggy. Genetics, breastfeeding, weight loss, and many other individual factors can further contribute to droopiness in the breasts.

Will breast implants help sagging breasts?

Many women wonder whether breast augmentation surgery is an effective solution for addressing saggy breasts. The answer will vary from patient to patient based on the nature and severity of her concerns, the degree of her skin laxity, and other variables. In cases of early or mild sagging in patients with relatively good remaining skin elasticity, placing breast implants can help to fill out the breast pocket and create a fuller shape, forcing the nipple upward and providing a more lifted look. Other times, it may be necessary to combine breast augmentation surgery with a breast lift — or mastopexy — to correct breast sagging.

During your initial consultation for cosmetic breast surgery in Chicago, IL, Dr. Ogilvie will examine your breasts, assess your skin elasticity, and review your health and medical history. He will listen to your concerns and goals, taking ample time to discuss all of your surgical options and answer any questions you may have. Based on this consultation, Dr. Ogilvie can recommend a surgical plan that best helps you achieve your desired outcome.

How long does a breast lift last?

Patients considering breast augmentation and/or breast lift surgery should keep in mind that these procedures are not meant to provide lifelong results and cannot stop the aging process altogether. Further aging, future weight gain or weight loss, subsequent pregnancy, and other life events impact the results of a breast augmentation or breast lift. Still, the results of breast enhancement surgery can typically be enjoyed for up to ten years —or much longer, in some cases — before a revision procedure may be required.

Am I a candidate for breast augmentation surgery?

Generally speaking, cosmetic breast surgery is suitable for women who:

  • Are in good physical health
  • Are at a healthy, stable weight
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Do not smoke
  • Want to enhance the size, shape, symmetry, or position of the breasts
  • Have experienced changes in their breasts due to aging, pregnancy, or weight loss

The best way to determine with certainty whether you qualify for breast enhancement surgery is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ogilvie.

Restore a youthful, perky look you can feel confident about with breast augmentation plus lift in Chicago, IL

If you still have questions about breast augmentation vs. breast lift for sagging breasts, we can help. For more information about how breast enhancement surgery can help you reverse unwanted breast sagging, call Ogilvie Plastic Surgery to schedule your one-on-one consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon and Chicago native Dr. Michael Ogilvie today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.