Types of Breast Deformities

image of a female model holding breast to show breast deformity

There are many reasons why a patient may choose to pursue cosmetic breast surgery. Whether they are interested in receiving augmentation or reconstruction after a mastectomy, or they need a lift to boost their confidence, plenty of valid reasons are accepted to help patients feel and look their best.

Another reason why patients may pursue this type of surgery is due to breast deformities. Breast deformities can occur from genetics, illness, or an injury. In some cases, due to the deformity, the reconstructive surgery may be covered by insurance. At the office of Dr. Linville, we want you to become familiar with the different types of breast deformities that can qualify you for breast augmentation or breast reconstruction in Houston.

Tubular Breast Deformity

This is a type of congenital breast deformity where the breasts appear more tubular or triangular, rather than the round shape that is mostly desired. The inframammary crease is likely poorly defined, causing the breasts to be saggy, droopy, or elongated. Surgery can correct this deformity through breast reconstruction, which typically aims to round up the upper portion of the breast to get rid of the triangle shape.

Pectus Carinatum

This is more of a problem with the sternum, rather than the breasts, but it certainly causes a breast deformity to appear. In this case, the sternum is unnaturally bowed outward, making the breasts appear “pigeon-chested”. Surgery to correct this look must be done carefully, as proper precautions must be taken to not cause the lungs to collapse. Dr. Linville typically suggests a CAT scan and plenty of chest X-rays to understand the abnormal shape before going through with surgery.

Breast Asymmetry

Everyone may argue that their breasts are asymmetrical. However, breast asymmetry is a real congenital deformity that can occur when the breasts are significantly different in size from one another. There may be a larger breast with sag, while the smaller breast is more pointed. Different types of surgeries can be performed to correct this asymmetry. Dr. Linville may suggest augmenting the size of the smaller breast, or to reduce the size of the larger breast to get rid of that sagginess or awkward nipple placement.

Pectus Excavatum

The exact opposite of pectus carinatum, pectus excavatum occurs when the sternum is bowed inward. This can also affect the ribs as well as the breasts and the internal organs. This will make breasts appear more “concave”, meaning they cave inwards and have a weak inner structure. There are several different implants that can help to correct this issue. Implants can be placed either behind the chest muscle, or behind the mammary ducts, depending on the severity of the deformity. The doctor will take extra care to ensure that the best possible procedure is performed as to not damage the ribs or other parts of the body.

Breast Augmentation & Breast Reconstruction in Houston

If you are struggling with any of the breast deformities listed above, our professionals at the office of Dr. Cain Linville’s Plastic Surgery Houston are here to help. Before we can correct your deformities, we would like to run image tests using some of our advanced imaging technology. This will help us discover what the exact issue is with your deformity, and we can identify other areas of the body that may or may not be affected by the procedure. From there, Dr. Linville will discuss the best course of action to take. If you are interested in learning more about our corrective and reconstructive cosmetic surgeries, you can contact us online or give us a call at (713) 678-0019 at any time.