breasts at the neckline

Breast ptosis

Breast ptosis is defined as sagging of the gland and distension of the surrounding skin. The breast is positioned “too low”, and more often than not “hollow” in its upper part. Ptosis may be present from the outset, but most often occurs after weight loss or pregnancy.


It may be isolated: this is known as pure ptosis. It may also be associated with a degree of breast hypertrophy. The aim of the operation is to restore the areola and nipple to their correct position, to re-concentrate and lift the gland and to remove the excess skin in order to obtain two harmonious, nicely shaped and lifted breasts.

In the case of significant ptosis, the scar has the shape of an inverted T with three components: peri-areolar around the areola between the darker and the clearer skin, vertical between the lower pole of the areola and the submammary fold, and horizontal hidden in the submammary fold.

In the presence of moderate breast ptosis, a so-called “vertical” method can be used, which eliminates the transverse scar in the submammary fold.

In certain cases of very moderate breast ptosis, it is possible to use a technique that allows the correction to be made with only a scar around the areola.

Finally, when the ptosis is associated with insufficient volume (breast hypoplasia), it may be advisable to insert a prosthesis during the same operation to restore satisfactory breast volume.

Mammoplasty for ptosis can be performed from the end of growth onwards. Subsequent pregnancy is of course possible, but it is advisable to wait at least six months after the operation.


What type of anaesthetic is used for breast ptosis?

This is a standard general anaesthetic. A hospital stay of one to two days is usually required. Dr Olivier CLAUDE always gives priority to the greatest possible safety for his patients.

What is the post-operative care?

Post-operative recovery from breast ptosis is generally painless. Swelling and bruising of the breasts, as well as discomfort when raising the arms, are frequently observed.

The patient is discharged 24 to 48 hours after the operation. A period of convalescence and 7 to 10 days off work should be scheduled. It is advisable to wait one to two months before resuming sporting activities.


Is the result definitive?

It can only be judged one year after the operation, by which time the breasts usually appear harmonious and natural, symmetrical or very close to it. In addition to the local improvement, this operation generally has a very favourable impact on weight balance, sports activities, clothing options and psychological state.

Can there be complications?

By choosing a surgeon qualified as a Specialist in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery by the French Medical Council and graduate of a DESC (Diploma of Advanced Specialised Studies) in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, you limit these risks as much as possible.

Complications are exceptional following a properly performed operation for breast ptosis.

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