Overview: Small breasts
Breasts symbolise sexuality and feminine traits in a lot of societies which is why some women who have small breasts can feel distress and embarrassment about their physical appearance.
The breast development process is a very natural part of how girls grow up to become women. It’s a biological process that takes place at different stages of life and serves as both a gender characteristic and mammary glands.
The different stages of breast development include prenatal, puberty and pregnancy.
Breast come in all shapes and sizes, and for most girl’s breast development means the growth of breast tissue in the chest area. Typically, you would expect breasts to become noticeable and a prominent feature on the body. However, some women will show little breast development and have small breasts.
The development rate and the size of the breast will vary from woman to woman and is, to a certain degree, determined by genetic disposition. The development of breast tissue is regulated by hormones in the body, the most important of which include estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, and growth hormone. An imbalance in these hormones may be a contributing factor to small breast development.
Women suffering from eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia often have small breast too. Excessive weight loss, intentional or not, can also cause breast tissue shrinkage.
Physical problems with small breasts
Someone with small breast may not necessarily feel any physical discomfort, other than how they look and feel wearing certain types of clothes. However, the lack of breast development could be an indication of some other underlying health issues.
Generally, it’s believed by experts that having small breasts is either a generic trait or random occurrence, however in some instances there may be other factor effecting the development of breasts. Some of these factors include vitamin deficiency, hormone imbalance, emotional problems, low energy or problems with the thyroid gland or ovaries.
Psychological issues with small breasts
As previously mentioned, breasts symbolise sexuality and feminine traits which is why having small breasts can cause significant concern and distress for some women with under developed breasts. It can make some women feel less feminine and less desirable which can lead to low confidence and self-esteem.
Apart from problems related to sexual identify, not feeling comfortable with what you can wear, and how you look in what you choose to wear, may cause more pressure and lead to further psychological issues.
Why breast enlargement surgery?
Underdeveloped breast tissue, or having small breasts, as previously stated can be an indicator for other underlying health problems and can cause significant mental or psychological distress.
Choosing to have breast enlargement surgery is a very popular surgical method used to increase the size of the breasts and alleviate a lot of the stress and psychological discomfort women go through because of the size of their breasts.
The most common reason some women choose to have breast enlargement surgery include:
- Not happy with the size of the breasts
- Breast are not even or symmetrical
- Enhance the shape and feel.
- Reconstructive surgery
- Feel more confident
- Increase self-esteem
- Wear better fitting closes
Treatments for small breasts
Breast enlargement also know as breast augmentation or a boob job, is a very popular procedure in UK for women with small breasts. The procedure involves the insertion of implants under the breast tissue to increase the size and change the shape of the breast.
Breast enlargement surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic and takes between one and two hours to complete.
How the procedure is carried out will be determined by the surgeon who would usually make an incision and create a pocket, either between the breast tissue and muscle or under the muscle, for the implant to be positioned.