Drooping or sagging of the breasts generally occurs after a woman has lost a lot of weight or after pregnancy. Also called mammary ptosis it can be associated with breast overgrowth or breast shrinkage which can be corrected during the same operation. The aim of plastic surgery is to lift the nipple and areola back up and re-model the gland restoring volume to the upper part and giving it a more harmonious shape.

To achieve this, the plastic surgeon designs the incision around the areola and a vertical incision below it. Occasionally an inverted “T” shaped incision, placing an extra scar in the breast crease, may be used instead. The excess skin is removed followed by a re-shaping of the breast tissue. Any excess gland can be trimmed away or if there is insufficient volume then an implant can be inserted.

Ptosis correction can be performed from the age of 18 onwards. Breastfeeding should still be possible after the operation. 

The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic.