Poland Syndrome in Women
Poland Syndrome is a rare condition characterized by the underdevelopment or absence of chest muscles on one side of the body. Poland Syndrome can affect both men and women. Reconstruction in women usually involves correcting the deformity with breast implants, breast lifts or fat grafting of the breast. Corrective surgery may be an option for those looking to address the cosmetic concerns associated with this condition. Dr. David and Solomon Azouz are board certified plastic surgeons, based in Dallas, specializing in Poland Syndrome correction surgery. Women travel to Azouz plastic surgery in Dallas from throughout the United States to correct chest deformities like Poland syndrome, Pectus deformity, or breast asymmetry.
What is Poland Syndrome?
Poland Syndrome is a condition present from birth that is characterized by the absence or underdevelopment of the pectoral (chest) muscles on one side of the body. It may also be associated with the absence or malformation of the breast and nipple, as well as ribcage and hand deformities on the affected side. While the exact cause of Poland Syndrome is unknown, it is thought to be caused by abnormal embryonic structure development during pregnancy
Is Poland syndrome different for men and women?
Poland Syndrome manifests differently in women than in men, and the severity of the symptoms can vary. In women, common Poland Syndrome symptoms include underdevelopment or absence of the pectoral (chest) muscles on one side of the body, resulting in asymmetry between the breasts and chest. This muscle underdevelopment can result in a visibly smaller breast on the affected side, as well as an underdeveloped or absent nipple. Furthermore, women with Poland Syndrome may have ribcage deformities, such as shortened or missing ribs, which can contribute to further asymmetry and an asymmetric chest contour. Hand abnormalities, such as webbing between the fingers or underdeveloped fingers, may occur in some cases, though these symptoms are less common.
- Breast Augmentation with Silicone or Saline Implants
- Mastopexy (breast lift)
- Nipple/Areolar reduction or augmentation
- Fat Grafting
- Scar Revision
Why do women choose breast augmentation after sternal/rib surgery?
Women can often have concomitant breast deformities, including breast hypoplasia (small breasts) or breast asymmetry. Many women find that breast augmentation after bar placement or removal can improve the chest’s look and symmetry and conceal or camouflage contour irregularities.
Who is a Candidate for Poland Syndrome Surgery?
Women who are experiencing the physical and psychological distress associated with Poland Syndrome may be candidates for corrective surgery. Individuals with one-sided chest muscle underdevelopment, breast asymmetry, or other associated deformities can also be considered. Some women will have a tubular breast deformity, droopy or sagging of the breast along with their Poland Syndrome. Patients must undergo a thorough evaluation by a qualified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Azouz, to determine their suitability for surgery and to discuss their goals and expectations. Dr. Azouz has helped many women with Poland Syndrome and a diagnosis is often made with a history and physical examination.
What are the Benefits of Surgery for Poland Syndrome?
Women who have Poland Syndrome can benefit from corrective surgery, which improves symmetry and balance between the breasts and chest muscles. Women can improve their self-esteem and body image by addressing the physical deformities caused by Poland Syndrome.
What is Poland Syndrome Correction Surgery in Women?
Dr. Azouz specializes in Poland Syndrome correction surgery in women, using advanced surgical techniques to achieve the best results. The specific procedure varies depending on the individual’s unique condition, but it usually involves a combination of reconstructive techniques. This may include breast augmentation or reduction, fat grafting, breast lift, and correction of hand deformities. Dr. Azouz will tailor the surgical plan to each patient’s specific needs and desired outcomes.
What Anesthesia is used for Poland Syndrome Surgery?
Dr. Azouz will make certain that you are comfortable during your Poland Syndrome surgery. He will use local anesthesia with sedation for this surgery to reduce discomfort, bleeding, and anxiety associated with undergoing Poland Syndrome surgery in Dallas.
What are the Risks of Poland Syndrome Surgery?
Poland Syndrome correction surgery, like any surgical procedure, has risks including Infection, bleeding, scarring, asymmetry, changes in nipple or breast sensation, and dissatisfaction. Dr. Azouz reduce these risks by a variety of advanced techniques and offers comprehensive pre- and post-operative care to help patients heal well.
What is the Recovery of Poland Syndrome Surgery?
To ensure a smooth and successful recovery from Poland Syndrome corrective surgery, a comprehensive and personalized approach is recommended. Dr. Azouz will provide specific post-operative instructions for each patient. Patients can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising after surgery, which is normal and can be managed with pain medications. Dr. Azouz will closely monitor the healing process and schedule regular follow-up appointments to assess the results and address any issues that arise. To promote optimal healing, patients will be given advice on dressings, and activity restrictions. In general, most patients can get back to intense exercise in six weeks and light exercise in two to three weeks. Dr. Azouz’s expertise and commitment to patient care will provide reassurance and support throughout the recovery process. The goal of Poland Syndrome in women is an improvement in breast symmetry and improved self-confidence.
Can other surgeries be combined with Poland Syndrome Surgery?
Other surgical procedures, depending on the patient’s specific needs, can be combined with Poland Syndrome correction surgery to improve the overall results. These may include a breast lift, liposuction, or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Combining surgery of the abdomen with breast surgery is often referred to as a “mommy makeover”. Dr. Azouz will evaluate each patient individually to determine the best combination of procedures to achieve the desired outcome.
How to schedule Poland Syndrome Surgery?
If you are a woman suffering from Poland Syndrome and are considering corrective surgery, Dr. Azouz in Dallas has extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with this condition. Dr. Azouz can guide you through the surgical process and help you achieve a more symmetrical and confident appearance with his personalized approach and commitment to patient satisfaction. Call (972) 702-8888 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Azouz for a consultation and see whether Poland syndrome corrective surgery is the best option for you.