Skip to content. What are breast and chest wall disorders? Breast development begins in utero, before a baby is born.
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The breast is one of two prominences located on the upper ventral region of the torso of primates. In females, it serves as the mammary glandwhich produces and secretes milk to feed infants. At pubertyestrogensin conjunction with growth hormonecause breast development in female humans and to a much lesser extent in other primates. Breast development in other primate females generally only occurs with pregnancy.
Although much is written concerning breast augmentation, few authors have addressed preoperative chest wall analysis as it pertains to postoperative outcome. In the present study, patients were randomly selected, underwent bilateral augmentation, and were examined retrospectively by four independent physicians using standardized preoperative photographs. Each patient was examined for ptosis and asymmetry of the nipples, breast mound, and chest wall.