Understanding Axillary Accessory Breast Tissue

Did you know that some people can have extra breast tissue in places other than their chest? This condition, known as accessory breast tissue, is quite rare, affecting only about 0.4% to 6% of the population.

What Is Accessory Breast Tissue?

Accessory breast tissue is breast tissue that develops in a different place than usual during fetal development and becomes disconnected from the normal breasts. Unlike regular breasts, this extra tissue doesn’t have a nipple or areola, and it doesn’t produce milk.

How Does It Present?

Commonly, this condition presents as a unilateral or bilateral lump in the armpit region in young women. The lumps start small but can grow larger during pregnancy and lactation. They may occasionally be painful and can make it difficult to move the arms freely. The skin over the lumps is often darker than the surrounding skin. Interestingly, there is no nipple or areola on these lumps, and the breasts are normal upon examination.

Cosmetic Concerns:

One of the primary issues with accessory breast tissue is cosmetic disfigurement. The visible swellings in the armpit area can make young women avoid wearing sleeveless blouses or other revealing clothing, impacting their self-confidence and quality of life.

Treatment Options:

Liposuction with excision of the swelling is a key treatment option for this condition. This surgical approach not only helps improve the cosmetic appearance but also prevents any future problems with the extra breast tissue. Liposuction is crucial as it helps achieve a better contour in the surrounding chest wall and anterior and posterior arm.

Why Is Liposuction Important?

Liposuction is particularly emphasized in the treatment of accessory breast tissue because it helps in achieving a better cosmetic outcome. It allows for a more precise and controlled removal of excess tissue, leading to a smoother and more aesthetically pleasing result.

It’s important to be aware of accessory breast tissue because, although it isn’t usually a problem, it can sometimes develop issues like infections, cysts, or even cancer. If you ever notice any unusual lumps or changes in your body, it’s a good idea to see a doctor for advice.

If you have any questions about accessory breast tissue or any other health concerns, feel free to ask us. We’re here to help you understand and address your concerns.

Dr Arul Mozhi Mangai

Dr Arul Mozhi Mangai
Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon
Kauvery Hospital Chennai