Breasts - Structures and Types
About Common Breast Shapes
There are a variety of breast shapes and types. We have tried to broadly classify them into 8 categories. Numbers 6, 7, and 8 are sub classified under common abnormalities found in women.
1. The perfect breast shape
2. Sagging breasts
3. Swooping Breasts
4. Small Breasts
5 Large Breasts
6. Constricted or Tubular Breast
7. Pigeon or Pectus Carinatum
8. Pectus Excavatum
1. The Perfect Breast Shape: The Nipple is pointed outwards and is parallel to the ground. The breast should be well toned and supple with no evidence of sagging.
This breast shape is quite rare. Often when women go for cosmetic breast surgery, they are not only try to reduce or increase the size and shape of their breasts but they also wish for that perfect shape.
The perception of perfect breast shape may also vary from culture to culture. What one society may find as the perfect breast shape, another society may brand it as not the desired shape.
2. Sagging Breasts: The nipples point downwards while the breasts also droop towards the ground.
Gravity always seems to work against anything that tries to stand erect and breasts are no exception. Sagging of breast can be due to a variety of reasons. Usually this can be quite commonly found in women as they age towards their menopause; the Tissues holding the breast up, start to lose their elasticity and strength.
In Younger women if sagging occurs it is generally due to insufficient support provided to the breast during its development at puberty. The tough tissues which provide support to the breasts may end up breaking or getting weak and causing the breast to sag down. Wearing the right bra during the developmental years could have prevented breast sagging for these women. The only permanent corrective measure would involve corrective plastic surgery.
In some cases, it has also been found that women with large breasts may end up having sagging or drooping of the breasts. The level of sagging of the breasts often depends on the amount of fat tissues in them.
My breasts have gone saggy after three children so I wanted to perk them up and make them smaller [on having breast reduction surgery] - Jordan
4. Small Breasts: Are found to have very little volume of fatty tissues in them. They usually have smaller nipples and areolas with little cleavage in-between the two breasts. Hence small breasts are not always welcomed by women.
5. Large Breasts: Women with large breasts have a high volume of fatty tissues in their breasts. The nipples and areolas can often be found to be bigger with women with large breasts. To prevent sagging it is vital that women with large breast wear the right kind of bra support.
Common Breast Abnormalities:-
6. Constricted or Tubular Breast: Often called as tuberous breasts, tubular breasts or constricted breasts, they are visibly narrow cylindrical or tubular in shape like egg plants. This breast shape is found to have extremely small nipples and areolas. In some cases the nipple may be overtly prominent due to the breast tissues being herniated or squeezed into the tip. The constricted breast shape means that the two breasts are far apart due to the small base.
Constricted breast shapes are classified more along the lines of being defective breast anomaly. They can be corrected through cosmetic breast surgery. However it is vital that the procedure is carried out by a skilled breast surgeon.
7. Pigeon or Pectus Carinatum: These are severely deformed breasts that lie almost flat against the chest. The breastbone protrudes forward. And the breasts do not truly look like breasts.
The cause of pectus carinatum is thought to be due to congenital defects. Corrective breast surgery is advised for women in this category. The surgeon usually reshapes the breasts using breast implants.
8. Pectus Excavatum: This is the opposite of the pectus carinatum. Here the chest sinks in and is also referred sometimes as the sunken chest.