Congenital Breast Deformity and Correction
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Most congenital breast deformities manifest themselves during puberty, as young women transition to adulthood. It’s at this age that most individuals become more aware of their bodies and realize that their breast tissue doesn’t develop correctly or breasts aren’t symmetrical.
The condition can make many young women psychologically distressed all through their school years and into adulthood. The good news is that there are a number of reconstructive techniques aimed at correcting breast anomalies.
What Are Some of the Most Common Breast Deformities?
This condition is where both breasts are very asymmetrical to each other or extremely small, making them out of proportion with the woman’s body.
Asymmetry is often managed through augmentation of the underdeveloped breast or reducing the larger/fully developed breast for a more balanced look. Tissue expanders can also be used to stretch out the skin.
Poland syndrome typically involves a combination of chest wall deformity and underdevelopment of the ribs, arm, and hand on one side of the body.
Treatment usually depends on the severity of the condition, but generally, the chest wall problems can be corrected by muscle transfer, lipofilling, and custom-made implants.
Tuberous Breast Deformity
Breasts can take an unusual shape, with the base of the breast appearing constricted and often positioned too high on the chest wall, as well as a herniation of breast tissue through the nipple/areola area. The breasts assume a tube-shaped or conical shape.
Tuberous breast deformity can be managed through a combination of implants and reconstructing the nipple-areola area.
Macromastia/ Breast Hypertrophy
Macromastia is a condition where an individual has significantly enlarged breasts. Large breasts can be quite distressing due to physical discomfort during exercise, sports, or strenuous work. Managing the size of clothing is also a challenge.
To address this problem, breast reduction surgery is recommended. The procedure may need to be repeated after breast maturity if the breasts continue to grow in size.
Supernumerary Breast Tissue
Some people are born with extra breast tissue, which may be found outside its usual location on the chest. Based on the way embryos develop, this extra tissue may be found anywhere from the armpits to the abdomen. The breast tissue may also vary. For some, it’s very small; however, for others, it can be a large amount of tissue.
Treatment isn’t necessary, but depending on the location and the physical or psychological discomfort it causes, the extra tissue can be surgically removed.
Interested in Learning More?
Feel free to consult with Dr. Koch to evaluate your options and make the decision that best suits your situation. With over 30 years of experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon, he can help patients with nearly any type of breast deformity to restore symmetry and balance. Dr. Koch offers aesthetic breast surgery as well as correction of inverted nipples, correction for bottoming out, correction of capsular contracture, and correction of tubular breasts.