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Noticed Lumps In Your Breasts - What To Do And How To Deal With It?

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Dr. Pavan Murdeshwar 92% (3406 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - General Surgery, MCh - Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore  •  17 years experience
Noticed Lumps In Your Breasts - What To Do And How To Deal With It?

Breast lumps need not always be cancerous. When malignant, cancer must be treated at the earliest, and the treatment depends on the stage of cancer. When benign, though not harmful, the lumps must be investigated thoroughly and treated if necessary.

Non-cancerous breast lumps that are common among young women between the ages of 15-30 years are called Fibroadenoma. The lump may arise in an area of the breast which ialready feels tender or has regular hormonal Breast pain, which may leave the impression that the lump is causing the pain.

Fibroadenomas are usually painless. Fibroadenomas do not disappear because they are solid lumps. Although they may undergo noticeable changes during pregnancy that may result in their disappearance or progressive enlargement.

Types of breast lump or mass in the breast

There are two types of breast lumps, and they are:

  1. Benign (Non-cancerous) breast lumps
  2. Malignant (Cancerous)

The majority of the breast lumps are benign (non-cancerous), however, they do require proper evaluation. Fibroadenoma or other benign lumps in the breasts can be cured by fibroadenoma enucleation.

Fibroadenomas are usually harmless but should be checked and investigated through ultrasound and needle biopsy. If the lump is shown to be a fibroadenoma for sure, it is advised to live under strict supervision. If the lump does not disappear, then surgery is the next likely step.

The Procedure
Fibroadenoma is removed by a small periareolar incision. These lumps are treated by general surgeons in traditional ways which are through direct incisions on the breast lump. This may leave behind undesirable, ugly scars on an intimately important part of the body. Although there are other techniques to treat fibroadenoma, that leaves almost no scarring on Breast, for which better to consult a plastic surgeon.

  1. The surgery can be performed under local or general anaesthesia.
  2. Depending on the size and number of lumps, the procedure could take ½ hour to 2 hours.
  3. The lumps are removed through a fine semi-circular incision. The marks are barely visible once they have healed and often fade away with time. Multiple lumps can be removed through a single incision.

Recovery
Patients can go home the same day of the surgery, as the recovery period is quite short. A little discomfort might be felt for the first one or two days. 

Expected Results
The breasts should remain firm for many years untill she gets pregnant or any weight abnormalities.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a Plastic Surgeon in Bangalore & get answers to your questions!

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