Breast Augmentation for Underdeveloped Breasts
Micromastia is a condition characterized by underdeveloped breast tissue. Women who have underdeveloped breasts often experience feelings of embarrassment or self-consciousness. Fortunately, breast augmentation can address several cosmetic concerns, including underdeveloped breasts. This procedure enhances the shape and size of the breasts, making them more symmetrical and proportionate.
Dr. Vishnu Rumalla performs breast augmentation for underdeveloped breasts at Tarrant Plastic Surgery in Fort Worth, TX. He has the skill and expertise necessary to deliver the results you desire. Our surgery center is fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) so patients know they are receiving the highest level of care possible.
Micromastia is a term used to describe breasts that remain small after puberty or breasts that become noticeably asymmetrical. While there are no health risks associated with underdeveloped breasts, many women wish to address the condition with cosmetic surgery. There are two main types of micromastia:
- Unilateral: This is characterized by asymmetrical breasts, when one side has little to no breast tissue.
- Bilateral: This condition occurs when there is a lack of breast tissue on both sides of the chest.
What Causes Micromastia?
There are several hereditary and environmental reasons why underdeveloped breasts may occur. Some genetic conditions may be visible at birth, particularly if there are irregularities in the pectoral muscles or the chest wall. Environmental and lifestyle factors that can affect breast development include:
- Body alignment: When the body stays in proper alignment, there is a higher chance that fat deposits and tissues will remain symmetrical. Issues with posture, including sleeping positions, can actually have an impact on the tissues and increase the risk of micromastia.
- Breastfeeding: Patients who breastfeed their children know that infants often prefer one breast over the other. This can cause asymmetry long after breastfeeding is over.
- Trauma: Injuries, infection, tumors, or burns from accidents can result in lasting trauma that affects the breast tissue.
- Endocrine dysfunction: Hormones play a major role in breast development. Problems with the endocrine system can result in micromastia.
Treatment for Underdeveloped Breasts
The standard treatment for unilateral and bilateral micromastia is breast augmentation. During this procedure, the surgeon at our Fort Worth, TX, office places implants to enhance the size of your breasts and improve overall symmetry.
In general, those with unilateral micromastia will have two different implant sizes placed to achieve better balance. Individuals with bilateral micromastia often have the same size implant on both sides, with a focus of enlarging both breasts.
When indicated, breast augmentation for underdeveloped breasts may be combined with other cosmetic procedures, including nipple repositioning. Dr. Rumalla tailors every treatment plan to the specific needs of the individual.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you have underdeveloped breasts that are negatively impacting your self-esteem and quality of life, breast augmentation could be a solution for you. To explore your treatment options, schedule a visit to Tarrant Plastic Surgery. Contact us online today or call our Fort Worth, TX, office at (817) 741-6801.