Dr. Joseph Fata at Renaissance Plastic Surgery in Indianapolis, Indiana understands that many of the women who seek out his practice for breast reduction surgery have experienced both physical and emotional pain associated with abnormally large breasts.
If you can relate to these women, you may have a rare medical condition known as hypertrophy of the breasts. Hypertrophy is a benign progressive development in one or both breasts that results in a total breast weight that exceeds 3 percent of your body weight.
This enlargement can cause muscular discomfort and over-stretching of the skin envelope, which in some cases can lead to ulceration.
First scientifically described in 1648, hypertrophy is generally divided into two types:
- Macromastia, in which the total breast weight is less than 5.5 pounds
- Gigantomastia, in which the total breast weight is more than 5.5 pounds
Hypertrophy of the breasts may be caused by increased tissue sensitivity to certain hormones, such as prolactin, female sex hormones, or growth factors; abnormally elevated hormone levels in the blood; or both. It can occur equally in both breasts, just in one, or just in the nipple and areola area.
The condition can occur in five stages. These are:
- Pubertal (virginal hypertrophy), occurring during puberty
- Gestational (gravid hypertrophy), occurring during pregnancy
- In adult women without any obvious cause
- Associated with penicillamine therapy
- Associated with extreme obesity
In some cases, a breast reduction might be combined with Liposuction or another body contouring procedure in order to ensure that you achieve optimal surgical results.
At Renaissance Plastic Surgery, Dr. Fata can help identify whether you suffer from this condition or might generally benefit from a breast reduction surgery. To schedule your Indianapolis breast reduction consultation, please contact our plastic surgery practice online or by telephone at 317-575-9152.