Breast anomalies are more common than you think – in truth, no woman’s breasts are exactly alike. It is normal for one breast to be slightly larger or a different shape from the other one. A true breast anomaly is when one breast has a significantly different appearance than the other breast, giving an asymmetrical appearance.
Types of Breast Anomalies
Anomalous breast conditions include tuberous and constriction deformities which alter the breast shape to an unpleasant form and are frequently associated with an asymmetric size and shape the breast with position asymmetry of nipple and areola.
The most common type of breast abnormality is when one breast is significantly larger or denser than the other breast. This can be uncomfortable for the woman, as she may have trouble finding a bra that can accommodate the two different sizes. If one breast is noticeably denser, the woman may feel pain supporting it throughout the day in comparison to the other breast.
Tuberous breasts are a congenital abnormality, where one or both breasts do not fully form during puberty. This does not mean that breasts are simply smaller than usual – tuberous breasts are defined by large, puffy areolas, and unusually wide spacing between the breasts.
Poland’s syndrome is a birth defect where the muscles are underdeveloped on one side of the body. This often affects the chest area, where the pectoral chest muscles never form. As a result, the breast on the affected side never develops, creating a stark asymmetrical appearance.
Surgery for Breast Anomalies
Congenital birth defects of the breast or developmental anomalies create challenges in breast surgery. Reconstruction of these deformities may entail various combinations of implant augmentation, breast lifts, and breast reduction.
A breast reduction can help correct a denser-than-normal breast. Breast reductions reduce the amount of tissue and can decrease the size of a larger breast to match the other one. They are often performed with breast lifts to help attain a lighter, smaller appearance.
To correct sagging breasts, a breast lift is recommended. A breast lift, lifts and reduces the breast tissue, thus creating a more youthful, perkier appearance. Breast lifts are often done in conjunction with breast reductions. Lifting the abnormal breast can even it out with its partner, and help achieve a more symmetrical appearance.
In severe cases, breast reconstruction is the recommended procedure to completely create new breast tissue, skin, and nipples. This involves a combination of implant augmentations and grafting in order to return the breast back to normal form.
Treating Breast Anomalies in New Jersey
Breast anomalies are normal – and treatable. No matter what breast abnormality you may have, there are treatments available to help your condition. Dr. Spiro, M.D. F.A.C.S. located in West Orange, NJ provides a wide variety of procedure options for all kinds of breast conditions. He has more than 20 years of experience in providing expert care that help every patient leave with life-changing results. The highly skilled team at Spiro Plastic Surgery works with every patient to provide a comfortable and safe experience. Contact us today with appointment inquiries to begin your journey towards improving your breast confidence.
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I finally went for a consultation with Dr. Spiro after several other consultations and never looked back. First, Dr. Spiro’s office is meticulously clean and organized. He is running a tight ship, and it made me feel very good. Second, he showed me his past examples of before and after procedures and answered all my questions. Finally, when I decided to move ahead with the procedure, he and his team prepared me ahead of time with the instructions, encouragement and support. The surgery went great and the “before and after” is unbelievable! I am very happy with the results – the best decision I made! Dr Spiro is an amazing surgeon, a professional and an artist in his own right. He gave me so much confidence and I feel that I got my body back – even better than what I had before kids. I would recommend this doctor without any hesitation and also this procedure – it has changed my life.
Dr. Spiro and his staff explained all details of the surgery beforehand; he has a very comforting and kind attitude. I was pleasantly surprised that despite descriptions that I had read on the internet about patients’ experiences in other practices (you should never do this!) i did not experience any true pain once I left the hospital 24 hours or so after surgery. There was more what I would describe as discomfort, and only really for the first week. Dr. Spiro’s staff was available and attentive throughout the process and explained to me exactly what I should and should not do each week. Following all of Dr. Spiro’s advice, I was able to return to work about ten days after the operation, and was able to resume my daily activities, little by little, over the next six week. After six weeks I was running, swimming, hiking, and biking, without any discomfort. My stomach is amazingly flat and finally seems to fit with the rest of my body!
Dr. Spiro is an exceptional plastic surgeon and I am very grateful that he was recommended to me. I had two separate surgeries with him. I think this in itself speaks to the level of confidence I have for both him and his staff. The first surgery was in 2014 — an abdominoplasty (full tummy tuck). Dr. Spiro and his staff were extremely thorough in preparing me for this surgery as I had to first have a hysterectomy performed by my gynecologist with the tummy tuck immediately following. Since I am anemic, Dr. Spiro and his nurses made sure they monitored me very carefully before the surgery and worked directly with my blood management doctors at St. Barnabas.
I needed the hysterectomy due to my anemia, I was so happy with Dr. Spiro that I decided to have a second surgery in 2015, an auto-augmentation with breast lift. I had very large breasts for my body frame which prevented me from feeling comfortable and confident in my clothing. It has always been difficult buying clothes, especially exercise bras and bathing suits. Being the gifted surgeon that he is, Dr. Spiro explained that he had a wonderful surgical trick for women like me who have very full breasts: Without even using an implant, he was able to achieve a beautifully shaped new breast by using my existing breast tissue, with a lift. To say the least, I am absolutely thrilled with the results! I can’t say enough about Dr. Spiro and his entire staff. They are professional, compassionate, and I felt the level of care both pre and post-surgery was exceptional. Thank you,
Dear Dr Spiro & Team: It’s amazing to look back on this journey and admire the results of my recent tummy tuck. I feel like I am 29 all over again ! For me, this decision came after several years of losing 45 lbs post two children and recognizing that my 5-6/day wk workout and nutrition regimen was not going to show the hard work and results of my efforts. I also wanted a strong core to take me to my next level of fitness. After 4 consults, I finally confided in a friend that led me to Dr. Spiro. She raved about her own friends and family results, the attention to detail and level of personal care Dr Spiro brought to every case. What sets Dr Spiro apart are a few factors: the artistry plus medical expertise he offers, the time & effort he patiently explains with all options, and the concern about the overall patients health vs the cosmetic outcome. It was paramount to me that if I undertook a cosmetic procedure, that the scar would be minimized and that my health would not be compromised.
I could tell from the amount of pictures, testimonials and hands on experience, Dr Spiro was the right surgeon to accomplish the objective. Throughout the surgery preparation and recovery, my decision was further confirmed. The admissions facility unsolicitedly confirmed Dr Spiro was a perfectionist and I was in the right hands for a beautiful outcome. Additionally Dr Spiro and his staff personally checked up on me several times daily in the recovery and ensured I was actively following the nutrition and post op procedures for a fast, but safe recovery. At a week post op, I looked in the mirror and knew I had made the right decision. My c-section “tire” of loose skin was gone & I had a core tighter than 29. Within weeks, I was back to a size 4 dress I wore 20 yrs ago. At 6 week’s post op, I started cardio again. At 8 wks, I skied for 4 days straight. At 12 wks, I ran a 5k & finished in the top 10%. Cleared at 12wks to start weight training again, I am now looking forward to a summer of wearing bikinis on the beach with pride in my personal transformation. Thanks, Dr. Spiro & Team for your surgical skill, perfection and artistry you bring to the profession.