Many women are distressed by their sagging or drooping breasts. The medical term for this is Breast Ptosis (pronounced: tosis).
Breast position is maintained by many factors. There are suspensory ligaments within the breast that connect the deep layer of the skin to the pectoralis major muscle. These are the Ligaments of Cooper and they help to maintain breast position. These ligaments can stretch over time.
Causes of Breast Ptosis
- Large breasts/gravity
- Stretching of the skin due to pregnancy or weight gain
- Further pregnancy
- Exercise causing significant bounce causing Coopers Ligaments to stretch
- Weight loss
There are degrees of breast droop depending the position of the lower pole of the breast to the breast crease and also depending on the position of the nipple to the breast crease.