Loss in Breast Fullness: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 10/7/2020

As a result of aging and declining hormone levels, some women notice a loss in breast fullness or sagging breasts. With aging, denser, glandular breast tissue can become replaced by fatty tissue, and women may notice that the breasts take on a flatter or elongated appearance with nipples pointing downward. Other associated symptoms and signs can include stretch marks and changes in bra cup size.

In most cases, the loss of breast fullness is related to hormone levels changing as menopause approaches, and gravitational pull of the tissue combined with loss of tissue strength tend to pull the breasts downward. Other factors that increase breast sagging can include smoking because it weakens elastin fibers, decreasing skin elasticity. Sunburns can also damage the elastin fibers. Frequent weight fluctuations can also increase the tendency of the breasts to sag. Wearing undergarments that lack proper support can highlight the appearance of drooping.

Other causes of loss in breast fullness

  • Aging
  • Breast Surgery
  • Frequent Weight Fluctuation
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Weight Loss


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.