if tubular breast are the result of breast developement stopping shortly after puberty onset, then why cant hormone treatment be given to resume what had started?
Why Can't Tubular Breasts Be Corrected with Hormone Treatment?
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Breast hormone therapy and tuberous breast
That is not the only cause of tuberous breasts and therefore it is not the best solution. Any hormone that can enhance or stimulate breast growth may also increase the potential for breast cancer stimulation.
Hormone treatment for tuberous breasts
If the problem were due to decreased sensitivity to hormones or insufficient body production of hormones it would be correctable by hormone treatments. Because it is an architectural problem in that the lower half of the breast is attached to the chest wall and there is a constricting ring at the base of the breast the correction requires surgery to release the attachment and the constriction. The closest analogy would be that of a child who was burned on one side of the chest. The unburned breast may develop normally but the burn scar on the affected side can prevent breast development. No amount of hormone treatments will correct the burn scar.
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