The breasts are an expression of femininity and play a key role in child development through breastfeeding. However, like any part of the body, deformities can occur and cause issues. These deformities can affect a woman’s self-image, the comfort of clothes, and the ability to breastfeed properly. Let’s explore some common breast deformities and how breast reconstruction can help.
Breasts are often naturally asymmetrical to some degree. Breasts are very rarely ever the exact same size or weight. However, different conditions can cause one breast to become very large or not grow properly. This leads to heavily asymmetrical breasts. This can not only be emotionally distressing but can make it difficult to wear clothing like bras. It can also put uneven strain on the back, shoulder, and neck. Thankfully, breast reconstruction can help by reducing or increasing the size of a breast to match the other.
Tubular breasts are a type of congenital condition that affects the way the breasts are shaped. Tubular breasts are often small, cone-shaped, and have swollen areolas. Tubular breasts can also cause difficulty with breastfeeding because of their shape. Tubular breasts can be corrected by breast reconstruction and implants.
Mastectomy or Lumpectomy
A mastectomy is the surgical removal of the entire breast tissue. This is often done to remove cancerous tissue or to prevent cancer from spreading out of the breast. A lumpectomy is similar to a mastectomy, except it only removes the cancerous growth. Some mastectomies are designed to preserve skin tissue and minimally affect things like the nipples and areolas.
Breast reconstruction can help restore the shape of the breasts through techniques like implants. However, for the best results, a lumpectomy or a skin-conserving mastectomy is preferred. That being said, it is best to talk with your surgeon about your long-term health before opting out of more invasive cancer-treating surgery.
What Is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is a cosmetic surgery done to restore your breasts to a desired shape. This is normally done after a mastectomy or to correct breast deformities. Thankfully, our team at Elite Plastic Surgery provides breast reconstruction and can help you determine if it’s right for you. Our staff will walk you through the entire process and discuss your body goals. If you’re considering breast reconstruction, then contact Elite Plastic Surgery at 616-459-1907 today.