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Breast Conditions

At Connecticut Children’s Division of Plastic Surgery, we treat the full range of breast disorders. Our team is dedicated to providing the best care for your child.

Breast disorders can impact many different aspects of life, and cause social and emotional difficulties for adolescents and young adults. Intervening early, if appropriate, may help alleviate the challenges associated with these conditions. Listed below are some of the most common conditions that we treat.

Conditions We Treat

Breast Hypertrophy

Breast hypertrophy is the overgrowth of breast tissue. This can occur in both breasts equally, or only one, resulting in breast asymmetry. Heavy breasts may cause neck aches, shoulder pain, upper/lower back pain or headaches, as well as redness and indentations on the shoulder from bra straps. Skin rashes, skin breakdown, and infections may also occur under the breasts.

Breast Asymmetry

Breast asymmetry refers to differences between two breasts – including differences in size, shape, and developmental timing. Sometimes there can also be differences in the chest wall or upper extremity. A variety of different options for management are possible, depending on the severity of the asymmetry.

Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is an increased amount of breast tissue in males. This can be caused by an imbalance of hormones – specifically, testosterone and estrogen. This may affect one or both breasts. In most males, the extra breast tissue will eventually resolve without the need for surgery. Other times, an operation may be suggested to help address the problem. Sometimes further testing, lab work and referrals may be recommended.

Breast Masses

There are a variety of different types of breast masses, which may be found by a self breast exam or by a provider. Most masses found in adolescents are non-cancerous. Any lump found within the breast should be examined by a medical professional. Some examples of breast masses include cysts and fibroadenomas. Occasionally we may need to perform surgery to remove a persistent or symptomatic mass.

Other breast conditions that we treat include:

  • Breast hypoplasia (underdeveloped breast)
  • Breast pain
  • Breast ptosis
  • Inverted nipples
  • Supernumerary nipple (polythelia)
  • Tubular breast deformity

If your child suffers from any of these breast conditions, or others, please call Connecticut Children’s Division of Plastic Surgery at 860.545.9360 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced providers.

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