Symmastia or uni-boob, what is it?

The condition Symmastia is rare. Yet there are cases of people getting it after surgery as well as cases of people being born with it. With Symmastia, the skin is not attached to the breastbone, which makes it appear as if the breasts are in one piece. In this article you can read more about Symmastia.

What is Symmastia?

In Symmastia, the tissue that connects the skin to the breastbone has loosened. With breast implants this can happen because the tissue is accidentally loosened during the procedure or there is insufficient connection with the sternum. This means that the breasts are, as it were, joined together, while they are normally placed separately. The piece of skin between the two breasts makes the breast appear one whole. Symmastia is also called uniboob.
Thin people often also have less tissue and fat connecting the skin to the breastbone, which makes thin people more likely to develop Symmastia. Symmastia can develop not only during the operation, but also after the operation. If the two implants are placed too close to each other and are oversized, the skin can also separate from the breastbone.
In people with Pectus, the tissue also becomes loose due to the growth or the tissue has been loose since birth.

How do you get Symmastia?

Symmastia can be congenital or caused during or after surgery. Symmastia is most common in thin people who have undergone breast enlargement. In any case, symmastia can develop after surgery in the chest area.
Symmastia is very rare and still relatively unknown. The chance of being born with symmastia is small, but it does exist. Most people born with symmastia also suffer from a deformity of the sternum. This growth is also called Funnel Breast or Pectus. Pectus means that too much cartilage causes the breastbone to be pushed in or out. Pectus is usually diagnosed quite early. Symmastia, on the other hand, usually only becomes visible at the beginning of adolescence, when the breasts start to grow.

The burdens

The amount of skin between the breasts varies greatly. Many people who are born with it often discover quite late that their breasts are slightly different. The fact that it is also quite rare also makes it difficult to recognize. People who have undergone surgery often notice that it is not right, because their breasts did not look like this before the operation.
With Symmastia it may be difficult to find a suitable bra and/or bikini. Underwire bras in particular often fall off. The underwires press differently on the area between the breasts. This also ensures that the bra cannot fit neatly at the bottom of the breasts. A sports bra that is slightly too large can sometimes provide a solution. Always make sure that you try on the bra first and make sure that it does not cause any discomfort.
However, the biggest burden for most people is not the search for suitable clothing items, but the uncertainty. Especially since Symmastia, if congenital, often develops in the teenage years. This is already a difficult period for most people and Symmastia does not make it any easier. Symmastia is in principle not visible when wearing normal clothing, but many people still want to be able to swim and the time for friends has arrived.

The options

Unfortunately, there are quite few solutions for Symmastia. Some doctors even advise against doing anything about it. There is a very good chance that the skin will loosen again after a while, the scars are quite large and the breasts may be uneven after the operation. During surgery, the doctor will reattach the skin to the breastbone. Recovery takes about 12 weeks and is often continued with a special bra. It is a bra, also called a thong bra, that ensures that the tissue remains in the right place after the operation. So the question is whether it is worth it for you to try an operation or procedure. Always consult carefully with doctors and specialists and take the time to think about decisions.

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