3 Procedures Used In Corrective Surgery For Tuberous Breast Deformity
There are so many issues that can make a young lady feel self-conscious about her looks. This is particularly so if there’s an issue with any part of her body that’s central to her femininity. That’s why tuberous breast deformity is something that any young woman would hate to have.
If affected, your breasts would develop a tubular shape. Hence the name: tuberous breasts. There are several underlying aspects that lead to the unappealing outward impression of tuberous deformity. The base of your breasts would be affected by a constricting ring and you may also have a deficiency of breast tissue. This would be further compounded by an extent of breast tissue herniation encroaching on the space of your nipple-areola-complex. And that’s not all. The condition would be further compounded by areola enlargement as well as visible breast asymmetry.
The combination of all these aspects is what makes surgical correction quite challenging. However, many new and effective treatment modalities have been developed over the years to deal with the problem. Presently, there exist quite a number of options for treatment, which can effectively restore your natural looks.
Corrective Surgery for Tuberous Breast Deformity
The first and most important step before treatment is always identification of the severity of the condition. Only by understanding how pervasive the condition is would it then be possible to apply the most effective mode of treatment. Once the severity has been determined, various techniques can be utilized in the surgical procedure. These include: glandular scoring, periareolar access, mastopexy and subpectoral implant placement.
The type of procedure to be applied would also go hand in hand with the technique to be used:
i. Is a Single-Stage Surgical Procedure Possible?
A 2009 study, published by the University Hospital Erlangen-Nuernberg, elaborated how 15 patients had their inherent breast deformity corrected through a one-stage operation. The benefit of this procedure was not only evident in the short time it took to complete it, being a one-stage operation, but also resulting in only a periareolar scar. This means that surgery didn’t involve any skin flaps or tissue expanders.
ii. Multi-Stage Surgical Procedures
As much as the one-stage operation resulted in much less scarring, a two-stage corrective operation also has certain benefits. With a two-stage operation, you are likely to achieve a result that’s more aesthetically pleasing.
This two-stage operation involves routine augmentation mammaplasty that helps correct base defects caused by both horizontal and vertical contraction. A new skin brassiere would also be necessary in order to deal with an inevitable ptosis within the nipple-areola complex. This goes further than the mere telescoping of breast tissue into the region of the nipple-areola complex, which doesn’t always produce a fully satisfactory long-lasting solution.
iii. Other Treatment Techniques
Quite a number of surgical techniques are continually being adopted to combat emerging and existing challenges in tuberous deformity correction. One such method aims to reduce areola size as well as breast tissue herniation. Firstly, subpectoral augmentation would be carried out on the affected breast, followed by a technique known as deepithelialization targeting a doughnut-shaped skin area around the areola. Thereafter, the breast tissue would have four wedges of tissue extracted from beneath the new areola. This helps in reducing areola size and herniated breast tissue.