Most every woman I meet in consultation, especially those who have had children or are over 30, feel like their breasts are droopy. In the majority of cases, they are not.
First and foremost, the fact that your breasts are not as full at the top as they used to be does NOT constitute droop…at least not to a Plastic Surgeon. So, again, upper pole flattening is not droop. So, let’s explore droop. Droop is all about where the nipple is in relation to the crease under your breast. The medical term for droop is Ptosis. Ptosis is broken down into categories depending on the severity Grade I, II or III and glandular or pseudoptosis.
Let’s start with glandular or pseudoptosis. In basic terms, this means the nipple still sits over the middle of the breast and points outward, but the lower pole of the breast hangs over the crease a bit. In other words, you can put a pencil under your breast and it will stay there. This category of droop is correctable with Breast Implants and Breast Augmentation.
Grade I droop is defined as the nipple being at or 1 cm (½ inch) below the crease. Depending on your skin tone, this can be correctable with just an implant (this is a whole blog in and of itself) or may require an implant and a lift (Mastopexy).
Grade II droop describes the breast where the nipple is more than a centimeter below the breast crease but is still above the lowest point of the breast. If the nipple is at the lowest point of the breast and points downward then Grade III droop is the diagnosis. Grades II and III ptosis require a lift whether an implant is used or not.
So, now you can look in the mirror and make your own accurate assessment of your breasts and then impress your Plastic Surgeon with your knowledge of Ptosis!
All posts on this blog are authored by Louisville, Kentucky plastic surgeon Dr. Lee Corbett. Dr. Corbett specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery including facelifts, browlifts, blepharoplasy, Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reductions, body lifts, liposuction, and tummy tucks.