Sagging can be caused by inadequate support (provided by a bra), larger implants, and the general aging process. You may have also had some sagging before your breast augmentation as well, which should have been addressed at that time. I am sorry to hear about your experience but it sounds like a lift may be the most suitable option for you at this point.
Breast sagged 3 years after breast augmentation?
Hello! Thank you for your question! The mastopexy (breast lift) procedure raises the breast, which ultimately provides a more
youthful and perky breasts. This is done by
removing the extra loose skin and rearranging the surrounding breast
tissue in order to reshape and support the newly formed breast. At
the same time, the nipple-areolar complex (NAC) is raised to the ideal position above the fold beneath your breast (the
inframammary fold) as well as being placed at the most projecting portion. Oftentimes with age or following pregnancy, the NAC
becomes widened and enlarged. This may be reduced in size during the
breast lift procedure.
It is common for the breast to lose its firmness and uplifted appearance over
time, which is also accentuated with age, pregnancy/breast feeding,
weight gain/loss, and gravity. This results in breast ptosis, or
sagging of the breast, with a “deflated” appearance. Women seek the
mastopexy procedure to regain the previous youthful appearance of her
breasts and women report increased confidence, self-esteem, and
femininity once achieving this desired shape and fullness. Breast lifts
may or may not be performed with implants – the implant would add
increased size but also greater fullness in the upper pole of the
breasts which creates more cleavage.
I would discuss your
concerns with your plastic surgeon. Increased size of the implants as
well as laxity of the native skin do cause increased stretching
inferiorly. Revisions certainly may be considered - allow your surgeon
to examine and evaluate you and then go over which procedure(s), if any,
will be the right one for you. Best wishes for a terrific result!
Sagging breasts 3 years after breast augmentation
Although it is hard to comment without photos, I agree with my colleagues. You probably had sagging breasts or loose skin prior to your breast augmenation. Unless you had a large weight fluctuation, it is not likely that you breasts would sag 3 years after breast augmentation. Often times, patients ask large implants to just fill the loose skin. It is better to have appropriate sized-implants with lift than large implants to avoid lift. Th scars on breasts normally heal very well.
Sagging of breasts soon after breast augmentation
This is difficult to explain and Ihave no specific answer for why you would observe rapid swelling and ptosis in a milld breast enlargement
Breast Lift could have been helpful
You probably were in the condition that a breast lift in your first operation could have been helpful. Was this discussed at all?
I discuss this with some patients who indicate that they do not want the lift and may opt to go without it. I will discuss it before surgery when it seems indicated however just to be complete.
Unless you had children or significant weight gain and loss in the meantime, the only way I can imagine your needing a breast lift now is that you probably needed one in the first place. If you go back to your original preop photos, your nipple areola complexes were probably lower than ideal and the doctor tried to get by without the lift then. Your current implants haven't caused you to need a lift, it comes from laxity of the tissues.
The scars are necessary to get the best shape and they improve with time.
You may have needed a lift in the first place
Depending on your natural breast tissue laxity you may have benefitted from a breast lift with your first augmentation. I have cared for 18-20 year old women who had not had children who needed a lift with augmentation simply because of their anatomy. In somone who did not need a lift to start with and did not have large implants, it would be unusual to need a mastopexy only 3 years post-op.
Perhaps you could provide a picture as the degree of ptosis, "sag" as it were is variable. Sometimes confining the scar to around the areola is possible, sometimes not. Here again all would depend on the type of problem that you have.
As far as sagging after mammary augmentation, yes implants react to gravity as do the breasts themselves. Sometimes, though, the breast tissue drops over the implant and creates a "snoopy" look. A breast lift would still be possible although, implant exchange not necessarily mandatory.
Hope this helps!