Poland Syndrome Surgery in Dallas
Some patients have been born with a condition known as Poland syndrome. It is characterized by having an underdeveloped or absent chest muscle on one side of the body. Patients with Poland Syndrome might undergo plastic surgery in Dallas to correct the chest wall deformity, improve the pectoral or breast contour, and recover confidence.
Dr. David Azouz is highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon in Poland Syndrome surgery in Dallas, TX. He works with patients to give them their ideal look when suffering from conditions like Poland Syndrome. Plastic surgeon Dr. Azouz creates a customized treatment plan unique to the patient and their specific needs. Request your Poland Syndrome consultation with Dr. Azouz to evaluate your condition by calling at (972) 702-8888.
What is Poland Syndrome?
Poland Syndrome is a congenital condition of underdeveloped breasts, nipples, and/or chest muscles. The cause of Poland Syndrome is unknown, and it affects more men than women. Poland Syndrome is not the same in all patients. Some individuals have absent breast tissue, while others do not have part or complete absence of the chest muscle.
Am I a candidate for Poland Syndrome surgery in Dallas?
Poland Syndrome most commonly affects men and sometimes affects women. In mild cases, the male’s chest may appear to be concave. In more severe cases, the breast, nipples, and even pectoralis muscles may be completely absent. Patients may also have a nipple or breast asymmetry.
Although these are discomforting characteristics for most individuals, Poland Syndrome is not likely to cause any functional disabilities. However, some patients describe that the non-Poland side is stronger for activities like pushups or pull-ups. Dr. Azouz has extensive experience treating patients who have Poland Syndrome in Dallas. Some men will also have contralateral gynecomastia, which can promote more asymmetry between both breasts.
What to expect during your examination for Poland Syndrome?
When you come into Dr. Azouz’s Dallas office, he will want to go over a few things with you during this consultation appointment. Dr. Azouz will examine the chest wall, chest contours, and skin elasticity. This will help him to create the treatment plan. He will also go over your medical history, lifestyle, and current health to make sure that you can safely undergo Poland Syndrome surgery in Dallas.
Poland Syndrome can be treated at any age; however, it is usually addressed after puberty. Surgery might be performed at that time or delayed depending on the case.
Poland Syndrome surgery benefits
- Rebuild the wall chest or breast deformity, improve the contour of the chest, and gain self-esteem.
- Your surgery typically performed under sedation and may take about an hour to complete.
- Dr. Azouz often employs multiple liposuction modalities such as high definition liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, and tumescent liposuction further to sculpt the chest in the correction of Poland syndrome.
- No drains are used during the surgery, which means your recovery period is often associated with minimal pain or discomfort, which can be managed with analgesics.
- The sutures used during your procedure are typically absorbable.
Dr. Azouz serves patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He also sees patients from throughout Texas and out of the state/country. Dr. Azouz staff assists patients out of Dallas to arrange everything needed for the surgery.
How is a Poland Syndrome surgery performed in Dallas?
The technique to correct Poland Syndrome will vary depending on various factors, including the severity of your condition. Such techniques include tissue expanders, implants, fat grafting, and muscle flaps. Most commonly, Dr. Azouz uses a pectoral implant (pec implant) to correct Poland syndrome’s asymmetry. This implant replaces and fills up the pectoralis major muscle space and ensures that the chest area provides better symmetry. The surgery is typically set up through a mid-axillary approach so that your scars are concealed.
Traditionally, men are treated with customized chest implants and muscle flaps. Dr. Azouz will provide a specific, individualized procedure plan to achieve the best cosmetic results. As with any surgical breast procedure, Dr. Azouz provides specific aftercare instructions and close follow-up care to ensure the best results with a safe and healthy recovery.
Anesthesia for Poland Syndrome surgery
For your Poland Syndrome surgery, Dr. Azouz will make sure that you are comfortable during the procedure. For this surgery, he will most commonly use local anesthesia with sedation to minimize discomfort, bleeding, and relieve anxiety related to undergoing a Poland Syndrome surgery in Dallas.
Poland Syndrome surgery recovery
Dr. Azouz will provide complete after-care instructions for the recovery period. Depending on the type of Poland Syndrome treatment you get, recovery time will vary. Most recovery takes between 2-6 weeks in total. Refraining from strenuous activity during recovery is important while the chest is healing.
Dr. Azouz advises wearing compression garments after the surgery to avoid swelling or the buildup of fluid. This keeps the swelling in check and helps your skin conform to the new shape. At a follow-up appointment with Dr. Azouz, he will let you know when all normal activities can be resumed.
Combination of a Poland Syndrome surgery with other plastic surgeries
Upon evaluation, Dr. Azouz will recommend other plastic surgery procedures appropriate for the patient. According to the aesthetic goals of each patient, Dr. Azouz will create a tailored plan for surgery to obtain the best results.
Poland Syndrome surgery cost
The cost of your Poland Syndrome surgery will vary on many factors. Location of surgery, need for breast augmentation or removal of gynecomastia, type of surgery, medical facilities, and insurance coverage will come into account when coming up with the cost. The insurance coverage will depend on your specific plan and coverage type. Dr. Azouz offers different payment and financing options to make Poland Syndrome surgery affordable for his patients.
Poland Syndrome surgery results
When in the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Azouz, you can expect cosmetically refined results. These results can include a natural contour of your chest or breast and feel confident in your own skin.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Azouz
Although Poland Syndrome is rare, cosmetic and health concerns can greatly affect an individual’s self-esteem. To see what Poland Syndrome reconstruction surgery can do for you, call Azouz Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery in Dallas today to schedule your consultation at (972) 702-8888 or contact us online.
Frquently Asked Questions
Yes, Poland syndrome affects both men and women. Poland syndrome presents at birth and is characterized by a lack of muscle development on one side of the chest. Poland syndrome may also include abnormalities of the hand, which may involve webbing of fingers, short fingers, or even missing fingers on the affected side. Men are affected two to three times more commonly than women. Also, the right side of the body is more likely affected than the left and most people may only realize they have the condition during puberty when it becomes obvious due to asymmetrical growth. The cause of Poland syndrome is thought to be a vascular insult to the embryonic blood supply. An abnormal amount of blood delivery to the developing tissue on one side of the body is thought to contribute to reduced muscle and soft-tissue growth. Men are affected two to three times more commonly than women. Also, the right side of the body is more likely affected than the left and most people may only realize they have the condition during puberty when it becomes obvious due to asymmetrical growth. The cause of Poland syndrome is thought to be a vascular insult to the embryonic blood supply. An abnormal amount of blood delivery to the developing tissue on one side of the body is thought to contribute to reduced muscle and soft-tissue growth.
Poland Syndrome is a sporadic condition that most often occurs in those who have no history of the disorder in their families. It is rare to see the condition being passed through generations but there are some families where multiple cases have been diagnosed. In familial cases where more than one person in a family suffers from the condition, the level of severity is often different.
The diagnosis of Poland Syndrome is based on a history and physical examination. If you suffer from Poland Syndrome, you may be experiencing an asymmetrical body frame. The chest muscle (pectoralis major and/or minor) on one side of the body is underdeveloped and this creates a lopsided contour irregularity. Some men have gynecomastia on the contralateral side which causes an even greater asymmetry. The most common appearance is as follows:
- Lack of the pectoral chest muscle
- A concave appearance to the chest
- Missing or underdeveloped nipple on the side which is affected
- Armpit hair is absent
- An underdeveloped rib-cage
- Fingers on the hand shorter, webbed or absent on the same side as the affected chest
- A shorter forearm on the affected side
- For Women, an underdeveloped breast
- For Men, unilateral gynecomastia
Some patients find it difficult to perform exercises such as push-ups, pull ups or bench press. This can be discouraging for military personnel, law enforcement officers and those in construction. Many patients may have Poland syndrome and do not find it limits them at all in their daily life.
There are many techniques to correct Poland Syndrome and it is dependent on different factors including the severity of your condition. The most viable option for Poland Syndrome is reconstructive surgery which is customizable depending on the patient’s specific anomaly. In women, breast augmentation with or without a breast reduction can correct asymmetry. In men, a custom pectoralis implant (pec implant) can improve asymmetry. Schedule a consultation with an experienced surgeon like Dallas Fort Worth plastic surgeon Dr. David Azouz today to determine the right time to undergo the surgery. Dr. Azouz performs Poland syndrome surgery as a day surgery. Incisions are usually small and hidden or camouflaged. Dr. Azouz does not routinely use drains for the surgery. Dr. Azouz routinely sees patients who fly in for Poland Syndrome surgery from all over the world.
The cost of surgery is best determined by a history and physical examination. Fat grafting (fat transfer), removal of gynecomastia, breast augmentation, breast lift, nipple reduction or nipple creation, liposuction and breast reduction techniques may be necessary in correcting Poland syndrome. A unilateral correction of Poland syndrome for a man may cost between six and eight thousand dollars. Most women require a bilateral procedure and therefore the cost for correction of a woman’s Poland syndrome has a much more variable range. Women can expect a cost of between five and eleven thousand dollars.A unilateral correction of Poland syndrome for a man may cost between six and eight thousand dollars. Most women require a bilateral procedure and therefore the cost for correction of a woman’s Poland syndrome has a much more variable range. Women can expect a cost of between five and eleven thousand dollars.
Poland’s Syndrome Patient Review for Dr. Azouz
“I had Poland’s syndrome a disease that prevented the development of the right pectoral muscle. I had a minor case, but being a teen girl, it made me insecure & tired of trying to hide it. Dr. Azouz specializes in this procedure, in men &women, & was amazing throughout my entire surgery. When my stitching came loose 3 weeks after surgery he made the right choice & sent me to ER & restitched himself. He keeps your best interest in mind & makes sure you heal 100%. I have vasovagal and he remembered every appt.”