Richard V. Dowden, M.D., C.M., F.A.C.S.

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, Inc.
6770 Mayfield Road, Suite 410
(Mayfield Heights) Cleveland, Ohio 44124
(440) 449-7470

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about
breast enlargement:

Do breasts with implants experience sagging over time?

All breasts relax as time passes, because the weight stretches the skin, elasticity is lost with age, and the amount of breast tissue often decreases as the person gets older. These three factors mean that breasts can be expected to relax and sag whether or not there are implants.

The implants add some weight to the breasts, which may increase the rate of relaxation, and yet the implants and surrounding scar tissue can provide some internal support for the breasts; that is, the presence of the implant actually causes some degree of breast lifting.

The overall result is usually that the breasts relax less rapidly than they would have if they had grown to that same size on their own, and yet somewhat faster than if they were left their original smaller size. Sometimes women with or without implants will choose to have the breasts lifted, by an operation known as mastopexy. If there is too much relaxation for the chosen implant to achieve much lifting by itself, then mastopexy can be done at the same time as the augmentation, or can be performed later.

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