Contrary to popular belief, breast augmentation surgery is not only used to improve the figure; for some women, this procedure is needed to address deformities such as hypoplasia in which one or both breasts never mature properly.
Many women with this condition suffer from emotional pain because the breasts have always been associated with femininity and sensuality. Fortunately though, most cases can be corrected by breast implant surgery; and because it is performed as a reconstructive procedure, insurance reimbursement is often possible.
There are many factors which can lead to breast hypoplasia including hormone abnormalities. If this is the problem, hormone therapy might resolve the condition and allow the breast tissue to develop normally.
Hypoplasia can also be the result of systemic disorders, which must be addressed immediately while the patient is still young to increase the success rate of the treatment. And for some, the problem may have originated from the damaged or injured undeveloped breast bud.
In some cases, underdeveloped breasts are caused by anorexia. By simply addressing this underlying problem, most patients can develop normal breasts right after they regain their normal weight.
As much as possible, doctors treat the underlying problem before they even consider breast augmentation surgery. However, there are cases in which the patients show no particular reason why their breasts never developed normally; in general, these women are good candidates for plastic surgery.
But even if the underlying problem has been resolved, some patients with hypoplasia will not be able to form a normal breast unless they will undergo breast augmentation. This is because the delicate breast bud, once damaged at an early age, may never recover and lead to underdeveloped bosom.
Patients with breast hypoplasia have a chest with a juvenile appearance. And because of lack of anatomical maturity, the condition will often affect the breastfeeding, although some women have normal or limited mammary function.
While breast augmentation surgery can correct the aesthetic problem caused by hypoplasia, it cannot help women who have no breastfeeding ability and those who lack sensory responses in their breasts. But at least the look and feel of their breasts will be normal, helping them to overcome emotional and psychological issues caused by aesthetically immature breasts.
Because hypoplasia patients lack breast tissue, silicone breast implant is more ideal than the saline version because it can mimic the feel and look of natural breasts. In addition, choosing this type of implant can reduce the risk of palpable and visible rippling.