Plastic surgeons have removed 15lbs of tissue from the breasts of Kerisha Mark, from Beaumont, Texas, after discovering that she suffered from gigantomastia — a rare condition which caused her bust to grow to a staggering 36NNN size, The Washington Post reported.
Ms. Mark, who had always had an exceptionally large breasts, went to see a doctor earlier this year when she felt sharp pain across her chest and in her neck, which she feared might have been symptoms of a heart attack or brain tumor. It was then that the doctors discovered that she had gigantomastia — a condition diagnosed when breast weight exceeds three per cent of a woman’s body weight. It typically affects one breast more than the other, although with Ms. Mark that does not seem to have been the case. It is believed that the underlying cause of gigantomastia is a heightened sensitivity to female hormones prolactin, oestrogen and progesterone.
Ms. Mark estimated that her breasts weighed around 15lbs each, and said she had to use duct tape to hold them in place. She decided on having surgery to mark her 40th birthday and it was performed by Dr. Franklin Rose, a plastic surgeon based in Houston. He told The Washington Post that he’d never seen larger breasts in his 35-year career and added:
The breasts really hung down to her hips and were essentially like carrying around three basketballs at all times because they were so large. When we went into the exam room — I don’t know if I would use this word ‘shocking’, but it was certainly startling to see breasts of that magnitude.
Dr. Rose and an assistant went on to remove 15lbs of breast tissue during a four-hour operation. The surgeons left Ms. Mark with a “nice full” DD cup bust.
1. Kerisha Mark’s chest ballooned to a staggering 36NNN. She was diagnosed with a hormonal condition called gigantomastia, which is thought to be caused by a heightened sensitivity to female hormones.
2. The 40-year-old decided to have reduction surgery to mark her milestone birthday. Plastic surgeons removed 15lbs of breast tissue, leaving her with ‘nice full’ DD cups, pictured.
Dr. Rose explained that, if Ms. Mark’s gigantomastia had been left untreated, it could have led to a degenerative kyphosis — a condition in which a person’s spine curves forward, forming a hump or hunchback.
A month after the surgery, which took place in October, Ms. Mark is planning to start exercising again. She said:
The first time my best friend saw me, she cried. When I stood up for the first time I felt so light.
And now she looks forward to a new wardrobe:
My first thing on the agenda is to purchase a beautiful bra and second is to buy a strapless dress.
Ms. Mark is also excited at the prospect of purchasing her first bathing suit in two decades.
3. Dr. Franklin Rose from Houston, Texas, said in his 35-year career he has not seen a patient with a larger bust.
4. Ms. Mark said the operation has changed her life, allowing her to start exercising again and treat herself to a new wardrobe. She said: ‘When I stood up for the first time I felt so light’.
Source: The Washington Post.
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