To have small or no breasts can be pretty hard to live with in a society that favours the all conquering larger breast. Social networks, movie actresses and reality television starlets strongly influence young women’s perception of their own femininity. So having a small chest today can be a source of hang-ups. Breast hypotrophy is the main cause for women resorting to implants or lipofilling.
Breast hypotrophy: what is it?
Breast hypotrophy is characterized by breasts that are too small in relation to the morphology of the woman or even due to a total absence of breasts.
This malformation does not give rise to any physical discomfort. Nevertheless, having small breasts often results in hang-ups due to a supposed lack of femininity. In this way, breast hypotrophy can lead to a loss of self-confidence and profound discomfort.
It is therefore not uncommon for women who suffer from breast hypertrophy to have surgery in order to have breasts that match their figure. These cosmetic surgery procedures allow them to regain well-being and femininity.
There are two different types of hypertrophy:
- Breast hypoplasia or moderate hypotrophy: the mammary gland is underdeveloped in relation to the woman’s anatomy. Hypoplasia is sometimes accompanied by a slight breast ptosis.
- Breast aplasia or agenesis: a total absence of breast growth in the woman. Aplasia can affect both of the breasts and, less frequently, only one breast.
Breast hypotrophy can lead to other problems especially during breastfeeding. Indeed, insufficient glandular tissue can complicate the production of breast milk and breastfeeding can be difficult as a result.
What are the causes of breast hypotrophy
Breast hypotrophy can be caused by several factors. It can appear during puberty, depending on the external environment or even certain pathologies. In this way, breast hypotrophy may be due to:
- Poor breast development during puberty. The reason could be genetic.
- Hormonal causes: the volume of the mammary gland may decrease after pregnancy or occur with menopause.
- Over time: the chest can lose its volume due to ageing. It then becomes flatter and sometimes a slight ptosis may be noticed.
- A complete failure of mammary gland development especially in the case of breast aplasia. It can then be due to a pathology or a genetic disease like Poland syndrome.
- Exposure of the foetus to drug or chemical poisoning during pregnancy. For example, some medication, as well as certain substances, can cause this type of malformation.
Breast hypotrophy: what types of treatments exist?
Nowadays, two plastic surgery operations can increase breast volume in women who have breast hypotrophy:
- Prosthetic breasts: implant placement allows you to change the size of your breasts, to give them fullness, but also to give them a shape in keeping with your figure.
- Breast lipofilling: this procedure allows you to inject fat into your chest. This procedure avoids the use of overly invasive operations such as the placement of prosthetic breasts.