In some women, particularly those who lost some weight, the chest may sag. This is because the inner tissues of the chest have atrophied (shrunk) making the skin too big for its contents. This condition is called in medical terms “ptosis”. A mild degree of ptosis can be treated by one of two techniques.
The first is removing a crescent shaped area of skin at the top of the areola and closing the gap by sutures. This will achieve 2-4 cm of lifting. This procedure suits women who are happy about the size of their chest and just want their chests lifted to achieve a normal shape. However, if an increase in size is also desired, chest implants can both augment (enlarge) the chest and lift it.
In the case of moderate ptosis, where more skin is removed, a larger area of skin has to be removed from around the navel to tuck the chest skin from all directions. Implants may or may not be used, depending on the amount of chest tissue and the patient’s desire. In severe cases or “Grade 3”, a more radical removal of skin is involved.