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6 Busted Myths about Reconstructive Breast Surgery

Published on April 15, 2024

Congenital breast deformities usually become apparent during and after puberty. They may manifest in several ways, from a noticeable asymmetry or extra tissue to underdeveloped breasts. These malformations can impact the aesthetics and function of the breasts and affect the quality of life.

Patients with congenital breast deformities may suffer from a variety of medical and psychological difficulties, including physical discomfort and low self-esteem. Reconstructive and cosmetic surgery can help most patients achieve a symmetrical silhouette and a more natural appearance.

However, some prevalent myths stop patients from getting the care and treatments they deserve. We’ll bust some of the common misconceptions patients have about surgery for congenital breast deformities.

Myth 1: Breast reconstruction is purely cosmetic.

Reconstructive surgery for congenital breast deformities can restore the function and appearance of the breasts. Restoring symmetry can help bring balance to the body and make it easier to find clothes that fit. Studies have shown that breast reconstruction surgery improves psychological well-being and quality of life.

Myth 2: Reconstructive surgery is a long process that is always painful.

While it’s true that some procedures that involve stretching skin or tissue must be performed over months and have a long recovery time, many treatments, such as nipple and areola reconstruction, are outpatient procedures with a short recovery period. Advances in technology and surgical techniques are providing patients with positive outcomes that last for years.

Myth 3: Reconstructive surgery will always produce an unnatural-looking result.

Skilled surgeons, such as Dr. Bartlett, can create natural-looking breasts so that the patient can experience living as the best version of themselves.

Myth 4: Reconstructive breast surgery will prevent lactation in the future.

While surgery can potentially affect a patient’s ability or desire to breastfeed, it will not necessarily prevent the patient from doing so. Lactation outcomes can vary, and patients should discuss all potential outcomes and complications with their surgeon.

Myth 5: Reconstructive surgery will leave terrible scars.

Although scars are inevitable after surgery, they can be minimized with proper aftercare. Laser treatments and silicone-based therapies are a few of the options that can be used to help scars fade.

Myth 6: I don’t have enough breast tissue to undergo reconstruction.

Some breast reconstruction procedures involve moving skin or tissue from the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs to create a new breast mound. Others involve expanding the skin in the chest over several months and using an implant to reconstruct the breast.

The Truth: Reconstructive Surgery Can Correct Congenital Breast Deformities

Many patients believe that their conditions cannot be treated or that they cannot achieve a normal appearance, even with surgery. Some patients have the misconception that surgery will prevent them from breastfeeding in the future.

The reality is that, while no outcome is guaranteed, plastic surgeons have a wide range of options for treating congenital breast deformities. Breast implants, breast lifts, fat grafting, and tissue expanders can all be used to add volume or restore symmetry. Nipple reconstruction, nipple reduction, and medical tattooing can normalize the appearance of the breasts.

Dr. Richard Bartlett can address a variety of congenital breast deformities, including:

  • Breast asymmetry: breasts are unequally shaped and sized.
  • Amastia: breasts and areolas are undeveloped.
  • Accessory breast tissue: manifestation of additional breast tissue, usually near the armpit

Recent advances in aesthetic and reconstructive surgical techniques have made it possible for people with congenital breast deformities to attain a more normal silhouette. With the right treatment, it’s possible to reshape your breasts so that you feel more confident and comfortable in your skin.

Clear up the Misinformation–Schedule a Consultation!

If you want to dispel any other breast surgery myths you’ve heard, consult with Dr. Bartlett in Brookline, MA. He and his medical team can help you better understand how our breast procedures work and which one will be perfect for your case.