While age might be most commonly associated with grey hair and wrinkles, your breasts can show signs of aging right along with the rest of your body. Here are a few ways that age can impact your breasts, as well as some ways to keep your figure looking youthful for longer.
Breast Drooping (Ptosis)
No, it’s not just gravity: as women age, a natural decline in the reproductive hormone estrogen contributes to a loss in skin elasticity. As the breast tissue contains no supporting muscles of its own, this loss of skin recoil can leave breasts sagging. For women who want to regain their former perkiness, a breast lift can raise and reshape the breasts for a younger-looking and shapelier profile.
Loss of Volume
As women approach menopause, they lose subcutaneous fat throughout their body. This may especially affect the breasts, which are comprised primarily of fatty tissue. In fact, many women find that they lose at least one cup size after menopause. Women who are struggling with a deflating figure may consider breast augmentation using saline or silicone implants to restore lost volume and recreate a curvier contour.
All these changes in the breast tissue do not exclude the nipples and areolas. As the breasts age, the nipples may migrate from their central position, sometimes beginning to point downward or to the sides instead of straight ahead. Areolas may also stretch or shrink in size. A breast lift can correct and balance these finer points of overall breast aesthetics.
With over 25 years of active practice, Dr. Michael Halls is recognized as a leader in breast surgery procedures in Southern California. Dr. Halls graduated Alpha Omega Alpha and Cum Laude from Medical School in Canada and completed seven further years of training in Plastic Surgery Residencies and Fellowships including two years in Boston at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital.
He is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery in the United States (FACS) and Canada (FRCS(C)) and is an active member in international, national, and local societies for breast and plastic surgery. Dr. Halls has published multiple papers in journals and texts over the past four decades and has appeared on many local and national TV programs.