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Breasts - Structures and Types

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About Common Breast Shapes

The shape and size of a woman’s breast keeps changing during her life and depends completely on genetic factors, climate conditions, diet, lifestyle and the kind of support they are give during and after development. It has been found that the shape and size of the right and left breasts for no women are identical. In fact it is quite common that one breast will be larger then the other.

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.

About Common Breast Shapes


1.      The perfect breast shape

2.      Sagging breasts

3.      Swooping Breasts:

4.      Small Breasts

5       Large Breasts

Common Abnormalities:-

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.

The Perfect Breast Shape


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



The Sagging Breast
 
3. Swooping Breasts: The breasts do not sag but slightly bend inwards above the areola. This results in the breast to bend so the nipples point upwards and are slightly vertical to the ground.

The Swooping Breast

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.

The Small Breast

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.

The Large Breast

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.

The Tubular Breast

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.

The Pectus Carinatum Breast

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.

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how to get rid of Swooping Breasts. i am tired of it.
noname123 Sunday, November 10, 2013
I remember I read this article probably two years ago which made me realize my breasts are "constricted or tubular", or according to Medindia, "severely deformed" and "surgery is suggested". Thank you for making the first description I ever read about breasts that resemble mine to be "severely deformed" and suggest surgery. Whoever wrote this article obviously has 0 concern for anyone's self esteem. CHANGE THE WORDING of your description so you don't make any more young girls feel any MORE ashamed than they already are about their "severely deformed breasts". There are a LOT more women with this problem than documented due to the shame and embarrassment involved. Your article makes it 20 times worse. Asshole.
MedInconsiderate Friday, August 02, 2013
hi my boobs is small but when i have sex my breast start to pain .what i must do? please help me
anna1989 Saturday, June 08, 2013
I am 21 and my right nipple has been paining on and off since monday. Previously I thought it was due to my sleeping position but now I find my nipple hard and I'm not sure if that is a lump right underneath my nipple. I have been taking alot of purified butter lately which is high in fat. Please suggest me what could be wrong?
espnad Tuesday, February 26, 2013
am 21 my breasts are big and i wear my bra all time even when i sleep. is it good for my health to wear bra all the time?
preeti21 Monday, January 14, 2013
STOP TELLING WOMEN HOW TO FEEL ABOUT THEIR BOOBS! unless they're in pain, or have some disease their breasts ARE perfect. i would rather be a little saggy than make my boobs uncomfortable. you know why? cause i actually appreciate my body. in our culture everyone's constantly worried about how they look instead of enjoying themselves. its a sad, sad thing.
samish Tuesday, December 11, 2012
i want some details for improve my breast
mamatha143 Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Hi, I just read the article and wanted to know that why sometimes my nipples come out of my clothes . I mean why can they be seen distingiushly out of my clothes even though I am wearing a good quality bra ?
Want-ur-help Wednesday, October 24, 2012
My breasts :[ When a teen, I was quite shy and unaware abt stuff. I'll have to blame my mother, therefore, that she did not make me wear a bra when i hit puberty- which was like at 11-12yrs. When I finally did gather the courage to ASK her for a bra, I was 15 and most of the damage had been done. My breasts grew without support, used to wear a simple chemise beneath my clothes. Now they're like big, SAGGY, with faint stretch marks, and when I look at them, I think of how beautiful they COULD have been, and what a disaster they're now. It's just so so sad.
moulinrouge90 Monday, September 03, 2012
hi i am 24 year old when i squeeze my breast no milk drop came outside whts tha reason?? i m married and have no child
ashiu Sunday, August 05, 2012
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