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What Type of Bra to Wear for Saggy Breast and Will It Help?

I'm not ready for surgery on my breast so are there any other ideas?

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Professionally Measured Support Bra

A quality support bra that has been professionally measured can significantly improve the symptoms that are associated with breast hypertrophy and breast sag.Unfortunately, a bra will not lift the breast in an upward direction permanently.Correction of breast sag always requires surgical intervention.If you have questions regarding this type of procedure, it’s important to consult a board certified plastic surgeon who performs breast reduction and breast lift surgery.

Bras for saggy breasts

Hi Shauntay.  Unfortunately, bras will not change your breast shape.  I suggest you try various bras until you find the one you look best in.  When you are ready to consider surgical correction of your breast shape, I suggest you see a board-certifed plastic surgeon who can discuss the options for improvement.

What Type of Bra to Wear for Saggy Breast and Will It Help?

Dear Shautay,

Thank you for your post.  Certainly, wearing a supportive bra with a nice shape will help your breasts look good while they are in the bra, but will not have any permanent effects as soon as you take off the bra.  The breasts, if they are saggy, simply conform to the shape of the bra.  I like Chantelle c-chic bras, as I like the shape, and they conform nicely to my breast augmentation patients.

Best Wishes,

Pablo PRichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Non-surgical Rx for sagging breasts

The only suggestion I have is to see a corsetiere (and these custom shops are few and far between) for a bra which truly fits you well and lifts you.  

Robert L. Kraft, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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External support for saggy breasts will not correct the problem.

Wear any number of bras will support your breasts while in clothing, but this will not cause them to be lifted.  The cause of sagging breasts is lengthening of the Coopers ligaments which are support structures inside the breast tissue and connect the chest muscle to the skin.  These ligaments lengthen and the breasts sag.  I know of no reliable external way to correct this.  A lift, properly done, will correct this.

Bras for Saggy Breasts

That is a great question. Unfortunately, once the skin has been stretched, surgical intervention is the only way to correct the ptosis (sag) of breasts. Depending on the extent, sometimes a breast augmentation can give you the fullness you are looking for and other patients need a lift to address the excess skin. A well supported bra worn as much as possible may delay sagging but certainly will not reverse it. Hope this has helped.

Rady Rahban, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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