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Many women choose plastic surgery to increase the breast size of naturally small or deflated breasts (with breast augmentation) or reduce the size of heavy, cumbersome breasts (with breast reduction). However, breast enhancement surgery is more than just increasing or decreasing breast size.
There are many other reasons both women and men seek surgery to address problems with their breasts, many of which appear at birth.
Are You Unhappy With the Appearance of Your Breasts?
All breasts are unique, and it is common to have concerns about symmetry, shape, and areola size.
Sometimes these concerns may relate to congenital disorders of the breasts.
These defects can cause issues that range from a minor distraction when mild to significant distress when severe.
And let’s face it, no one wants to be self-conscious in an intimate setting.
At Folsom Plastic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Shahriar Mabourakh, is committed to helping those who are unhappy with their breasts.
What Conditions Cause Congenital Breast Disorders?
There are a number of conditions that can produce congenital breast defects, from micromastia, which causes very small breasts to breast tissue and nipple abnormalities. Most of these naturally occurring breast variations can be corrected with some form of breast surgery.
The following conditions, listed in alphabetical order, produce congenital breast defects.
- Accessory breast – This condition, also known as polymastia, mammae erraticae, or supernumerary breasts, is most common in males and means having one or more additional breasts. These additional breasts may or may not have nipples (areolae).
- Amastia – This rare birth defect refers to the absence of both breast tissue and nipples.
- Amazia – This is a condition where one or both mammary glands are missing. This may occur at birth or as a result of surgery.
- Athelia – This is another rare condition defined by the absence of one nipple (in the Poland sequence) or both (ectodermal dysplasia).
- Micromastia – This is the medical term to describe very small breasts. While it can be a subjective diagnosis, it is commonly associated with extremely asymmetric breasts where only one may be small. It is sometimes related to underlying pectoral muscle abnormalities.
- Supernumerary nipple – This common defect refers to the presence of additional nipples which can be mistaken for moles.
- Symmastia – This condition causes breast tissue to grow in the center of the chest, resulting in breasts that are undivided by the intermammary cleft.
- Tuberous breasts – This is the term for small and misshapen breasts caused by insufficient breast development.
Solutions for Congenital Breast Disorders
There are many scientific terms for correcting these birth defects, but they all fall under the umbrella of breast enhancement surgery.
A qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Shahriar Mabourakh, who is committed to improving the aesthetics of his patients, can correct these anomalies.
Solutions for Asymmetrical Breasts
Most women have some degree of asymmetry between their breasts. Fortunately, this difference in size or shape is often not readily visible to the naked eye.
Yet, there are cases where the difference between the two breasts (whether size, shape, or position) are noticeable. This can lead to both self-esteem concerns and difficulty finding bras and other clothing options to properly fit.
When there is significant breast asymmetry, breast surgery can be performed on one or both breasts to even out and better match breast aesthetics.
These techniques can include:
- Breast augmentation of the smaller breast (or both breasts to different degrees)
- Breast reduction of the larger breasts (or both breasts to different degrees)
- Breast lift surgery on one or both breasts (as needed to match their position)
Breast Injuries and Mastectomy
There are other reasons besides congenital breast disorders that require breast reconstruction surgery. At Folsom Plastic Surgery, Dr. Mabourakh and his compassionate team are here to help you or your loved one become more comfortable with their body, whether the concerns are related to problems present at birth or caused by previous breast surgery or injury.
Dr. Shahriar Mabourakh has the expertise and experience to correct minor flaws to severe defects in the breast.
Interested in Learning More?
If you are in the Sacramento area and wish to enhance the appearance of your breasts due to congenital disorders of the breast, injury, mastectomy, or any other reason, contact our plastic surgery practice in Folsom or Stockton, California, today!