There are a lot of medical afflictions that affect a person’s appearance and which negatively affect the way people look and feel about themselves. One such condition is a rare disease that occurs in one out of every 28,000 to 100,000 pregnancies: gigantomastia, or breast hypertrophy.
Here are some important facts to know about breast hypertrophy.
What is Breast Hypertrophy?
Hypertrophy of the breast is a rare condition of the breast connective tissues which causes the breasts to grow excessively and exceed three percent or more of a woman’s total body weight. It can be a debilitating condition for women, both emotionally and physically.
The disease can lead to many medical problems including muscle pain, over-stretched skin, and ulcerations. It can also cause itchiness and peeling of the skin, and can suppress a mother’s milk supply by pinching off the milk ducts.
Some experts believe that breast hypertrophy is caused by increased histologic sensitivity to female hormones or abnormally elevated hormone levels.
The condition affects women of every age group, including prepubescent girls, pregnant women, and older women.
Social Effects of Breast Hypertrophy
The media’s obsession with large breasts can have negative results for women who suffer from hypertrophy of the breast. Breasts affected by hypertrophy gain unwanted attention for the women who suffer from this condition.
This can be extremely frustrating because most women don’t find it appealing to be the subject of everyone’s conversations when they walk into a room.
Actress Soleil Moon Frye suffered from this disease and reported that it affected both her social and professional life, with people thinking “she was stupid”.
In order to hide their large breasts, women with hypertrophy will oftentimes dress in baggy clothes or wear super-tight bras. Sadly, sometimes they even shut themselves out from the rest of the world.
Treatments for Breast Hypertrophy
The only permanent resolution for breast hypertrophy is through breast reduction surgery. Getting a reduction of breast tissue can help give women the physical and emotional relief they want by reducing their breasts to a normal cup size. Fortunately, this surgery can also give them back their self-confidence to be social again.
At our breast reduction NY offices, our highly-qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeons are committed to providing the safest procedures with the best results possible.
If you are seeking a breast reduction in New York for hypertrophy, we look forward to speaking with you. You will be amazed by your breast reduction before and after results and begin to feel comfortable in your own skin again.
If you are ready to put the crushing effects of breast hypertrophy behind you, give our offices a call today at 212.206.0023 or 631.499.1831 to set up a free, initial consultation.