The third breast, also called supernumerary nipple, is an anomaly that many people struggle with, it is a real problem, because it affects more than 5% of the general population, of all sexes, men and women, but it affects women much more.
The third breast is characterized by the presence of one or more additional breasts which are added to the two usual nipples.
Thus, their presence on the body can cause a real psychological and aesthetic complex, or even discomfort, especially in breastfeeding women.
If you suffer from a third breast and want to get rid of it effectively, we invite you to continue reading this article to discover the causes and solutions.
What is the third breast or nipple?
The third breast or nipple is a condition in which there is the appearance of one or more additional nipples which are added to the two usual nipples.
The third breast is classified into eight types ranging from the simple hair zone to the functional mammary gland.
Thus, by these types, we distinguish polymastia which is characterized by the presence of a supernumerary mammary gland and polythelia which is characterized by the presence of a supernumerary nipple.
But in most cases, it is most often polythelia, this appearance of the third breast can occur anywhere along the milk lines, that is to say from the axillary area to the groin, we speak of an accessory supernumerary nipple.
But the third breast can also appear on the foot, the arm, we then speak of an ectopic supernumerary nipple, it is possible that an individual, regardless of gender, can have up to eight supernumerary nipples.
It is possible that the third breast could be confused with a mole, an angioma, a lipoma.
What causes a third breast or nipple?
Medically, whether a man or woman develops a third breast may be considered a minor birth defect, it is possible that members of a family can develop a supernumerary nipple, but it is likely that this could be the result of chance.
In some cases, the development of an extra nipple may be linked to a congenital malformation that affects the heart and kidneys.
In pregnant women, during the first weeks of pregnancy, we notice the vertical appearance of a small rounded or oval malformation on the normal nipple due to a variation in development.
This malformation may have a protruding element in its center. Generally small in size, this third breast may resemble a mole.
How do you know if you have a third breast?
It’s not exactly easy to unmask a third breast, and sometimes it’s mistaken for a birthmark or a mole, small in size, the third breast is not as developed as a normal breast.
Some extra nipples may appear as small bumps without the familiar features of a breast, but others may resemble a normal nipple.
To know if you have a third breast, it is important to know that it appears on the milk line, that is to say from the axillary area to the inguinal area, we speak of accessory supernumerary nipples in this case.
Unfortunately, all extra breasts do not always appear in this location, because they can appear on the foot, the hand, in short almost anywhere on your body, and this is where we speak of ectopic supernumerary nipples.
What are the solutions for a third breast?
In general, the third breast is not dangerous, and it should not be a cause for concern, the third breast is not a warning sign of an underlying breast disease, nor is it the cause of any disease.
But if for aesthetic or psychological reasons, you cannot accept the third breast, and you wish to remove it, there are surgical interventions that can help you get rid of it.
Indeed, if the third breast is not associated with breast tissue, it can be removed by a simple procedure, similar to the removal of a mole, while for the third nipple which is associated with the breast tissue, another surgical technique can be performed in order to remove it.
A consultation is therefore necessary so that the practitioner can closely examine your problem and recommend the treatment adapted to your case.