Small breasts can result from a poor diet during puberty as many young girls want to attain a slimmer body. In these cases, the lack of nutrition and poor eating habits may affect the patient’s growth which also includes the development of their breasts.
Imbalances in female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone can also lead to smaller breasts due to shrinkage from menopause. You may also find that your breasts have been stretched after breastfeeding which can also make them look smaller as they start to sag.
In some cases, micromastia, or breast hypoplasia, is a medical condition where the patient’s breasts turn out to be underdeveloped during puberty. They are also known as abnormally small breasts. For patients with micromastia, there is a very small amount of breast tissue that is present which can also affect the look of your nipples on your chest. This condition can affect either one or both breasts which can also lead to breast asymmetry. While most women’s breasts are not the exact same size, the difference is much more drastic for patients with micromastia.
Other causes of small breasts may include:
A breast augmentation procedure involves surgically placing an implant behind the breast tissues or under the chest muscle. Implants usually come in a round or teardrop shape and are made with silicone or saline. Round implants will give a fuller look in the upper breast. Teardrop implants are more suitable for patients who like a sloped appearance to their breasts.
When visiting your doctor, you will undergo a consultation to decide the placement of your breast implants. They can be inserted via a peri-areolar incision (along the nipple), an inframammary fold incision (under the breast) or a trans-axillary incision (the armpit). This will depend on the patient’s body frame and the shape and size of the implants that are chosen. Implants are able to remain in place for a long time and many patients typically only need 1 or 2 revisions in their lifetime.