Surgeons have presented a new procedure to correct severely sagging breasts at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (Asps) Plastic Surgery 2008 conference.
The new cosmetic surgery procedure does not require breast implants
as the breasts are shaped using unwanted tissue and fat from the patient's tummy, bra line or underarm.
This natural breast mould is then secured in place using absorbable sutures which act like a sling, holding the tissue in place.
Asps member surgeon Dr Dennis Hurwitz revealed that the resulting breasts are soft and move naturally, and the patient also benefits from body contouring.
He claimed: "In the past several years I've seen more women in their 50s who are unhappy with their breasts."
The surgeon suggested that the procedure would be ideal for certain patients who have achieved significant weight loss and have lost volume and skin elasticity, making normal breast augmentation less than ideal.
"By using the patients' own tissue, they get a more natural augmentation with the dual benefit of body contouring," he added.