As you stand in front of your bathroom mirror to apply your moisturiser and make up, you feel confident, happy and ready to take on the world. Today you’ve got a big client presentation! But with your bathrobe askew, you catch a glimpse of your breasts, and your heart (and confidence) drops. You were feeling fabulous but here’s the thing.
No matter what you wear, the types of bras you buy or the scarves you drape over your neck. You never, ever feel like you can effectively ‘disguise’ your breast asymmetry and their weird shape.
This feeling of awkwardness over your breast shape isn’t new. Since puberty and the early years of high school, you’ve accepted the shape of your breasts isn’t ‘normal’. And while you’re grateful for how healthy and fit you are, you have never actually felt like you’ve ‘developed’ like a ‘real woman’ should.
Sure you’ve got breasts and you wear a bra, but really, your breasts feel like an alien has planted them onto you.
And while you’ve accepted it as part of ‘who you are’, for more time each day, you’re wondering if there’s something you can do. It’s time to stop worrying about your tuberous breast deformity and breast asymmetry. Because cosmetic surgery can correct this!
What is tuberous breast deformity?
Tuberous breast deformity is a pathological and congenital condition of the breasts. This condition is present at birth and although it can run in families, it is not inherited. Tuberous breast deformity is common in the mild form but rare in the severe form. It can affect young women bilaterally but when it is unilateral, it results in breast asymmetry. This can cause psychological issues but also practical issues when choosing bras and clothing. Women with tuberous breast deformity can usually breast feed and do not have increased or decreased risks of breast disease or breast cancer.
It is not known why tuberous breasts develop, but it is possible to see the changes that occur when they appear.
- Breasts developing in an envelope of fibrous tissue or fascia between the chest skin and its underlying muscles. As this fascia is very tight, it restricts the developments of the base of the breast. This usually occurs in the lower part of the breast, resulting in a narrow looking breast.
- The breast being underdeveloped and remaining small.
- Weak fascia developing beneath the areola and nipple. This weak fascia centrally pushes the breast tissue into a small area behind the nipple.
What happens during tuberous breast correction surgery?
Breast deformity has several grades of severity: mild, moderate and severe. If you have a mild case of tuberous breast deformity, a breast augmentation with an anatomical implant will be effective. If you have a moderate case of tuberous breast deformity, you may need anatomical implants and a breast lift. In severe cases of tuberous breast deformity, you may need to have lollypop lift and fat grafting. To adjust the height of your nipple and correct you breast asymmetry, the lollypop technique removes excess breast tissue and skin. It is important to note that every tuberous breast correction surgery is tailored to your specific requirements.
The most common tuberous breast correction surgeries include breast reconstruction and breast augmentation This operation is performed under a general anaesthetic. The scars you have after your tuberous breast deformity surgery will be determined by the type of surgery you have. If you have your nipple shape and size corrected, there will be a circular scar around your nipple. You will also have a vertical scar passing from the nipple down to the breast fold. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will pay attention to where they make these incisions so you can hide the scars under clothing. Find out more about tuberous breast correction surgery here.
While it is possible to correct tuberous breast deformity, because every case of tuberous breast deformity is different the type of treatment recommended will be different for each person. In most cases, the tuberous breast appearance can be dramatically improved by releasing the constrictions responsible for the deformity and inserting appropriate implants.
It is important to do thorough research and consult with Cosmetic Surgeons who have expertise and experience in breast surgery. If you have severe tuberous breast deformity, the breast surgery can be quite complicated. At your Cosmetic Surgeon consultation, the surgeon will examine you, and will also discuss what breast size and shape you would like to have.
What is recovery like after tuberous breast correction surgery?
To help to support your breasts after your surgery, you will need to wear a surgical compression garment for at least 6 weeks. Most patients take at least 1-2 weeks to recover after tuberous breast augmentation surgery. While gentle exercise can be beneficial, it is usually advised that you also avoid strenuous exercise at least 6 weeks after your surgery. For at least 1-week after surgery, you will not be able to drive a car.
After tuberous breast correction surgery, some patients experience bruising and swelling. Pain will dissipate over time and can be managed with pain medication. Find out more facts about tuberous breast deformity surgery here.
What are the risks and complications with tuberous breast deformity surgery?
It is important to note that any surgical operation brings risks and complications of anaesthesia. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will inform you of the risks and complications of tuberous breast deformity surgery. They can include:
- Bruising and swelling.
- Hematomas, or localised swellings can occur that are filled with blood.
- Capsular contraction as a result of excessive scar tissue.
- Skin necrosis or skin death.
- A loss of nipple sensation.
- Breast asymmetry.
How do I get tuberous breast deformity and breast asymmetry corrected in Australia?
Tuberous breast deformity and breast asymmetry can be corrected with surgery. This surgery can visually improve the shape and contour of your breasts so they are in proportion to your body frame. Patients who have this type of surgical procedure report feeling more confident. They also enjoy wearing clothes and swimwear they previously were embarrassed to wear.
If you have a doctor’s referral for a Cosmetic Surgeon consultation, you may be able to claim Medicare and private health insurance rebates. You can find the best tuberous breast deformity Australian Breast Surgeons here.
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