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Small breasts are no cause for concern. However, some patients have uneven, small breasts that didn’t form during puberty. While tuberous breasts don’t pose a direct threat to a patient’s health, their emotional well-being and self-confidence might be impacted by their breasts’ appearance, warranting treatment.

Our plastic surgeons are here to help patients enhance the look and feel of their breasts through multiple treatments for tubular breasts. It’s our mission to ensure every patient feels amazing inside and outside by providing the best possible experience before, during, and after the procedure. We offer treatment options tailored to patients to achieve all desired outcomes.

Dr. Richard Nesmith, Dr. Brad Nesmith, and the rest of the team at Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center are here to help patients achieve all of their goals. We offer comprehensive breast plastic surgery procedures to help patients feel comfortable in their own skin. During a breast consultation, we discuss a patient’s desires for surgery and all possible treatment options best suited for their body.

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What are tuberous breasts?

Tuberous breast syndrome, or tubular breasts, is a medical condition that occurs when one or both of a patient’s breasts fail to develop during puberty, resulting in breasts that are tubular in shape instead of round. While tuberous breasts don’t have any significant health effects on patients, they can cause emotional distress and complications for women who wish to breastfeed because tuberous breasts often lack enough glandular tissue to produce milk.

The exact cause of tuberous breasts is unknown. While there is no known genetic cause, scientists hypothesize that tuberous breasts develop in the womb. The most well-known possible cause of tubular breast deformity is irregular connective tissue at the breast base. The irregular tissue constricts the breast, leading to uneven and irregular development.

What are the common signs of tuberous breasts?

This condition has several hallmark characteristics, making it easy for a plastic surgeon to diagnose tuberous breast deformity (TBD). The common signs of tuberous breasts include the following.
  • Narrow, Tube-Shaped Breasts
  • Puffy & Oversized Areolas
  • Widely Spaced Breasts
  • Tight or absent breast fold
  • Projected nipples or areolas
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Drooping or sagging breasts
  • Irregular breast tissue

Tuberous breast augmentation

Tuberous breast syndrome ranges from mild to severe, and the treatment for each case differs slightly. Before undergoing surgery, it’s critical that a patient’s breasts are properly assessed by a doctor.

Tuberous breast surgery occurs in stages, depending on the severity of the patient’s condition. For patients with a mild case of tubular breasts, the first stage will be enough to correct the problem. The first surgery is designed to release constricted breast tissue. This procedure is usually done in a hospital, and a plastic surgeon will make a small incision to insert a breast implant.

For patients with moderate or severe cases of tuberous breasts, a donut mastopexy, or breast lift, can be helpful because it enhances the actual contour of the breast. During this procedure, a donut-shaped amount of skin from the areola is removed to improve the appearance of the areola and frees up the underlying breast tissue so it can form a more natural breast shape.

A plastic surgeon might also use a tissue expander, which gradually expands breast tissue. After this is removed, a surgeon can perform a mastopexy and breast augmentation surgery.

Side effects of tuberous breast augmentation

Similar to any plastic surgery procedure, patients should be aware of the risks before undergoing tuberous breast corrective surgery. Many of the side effects are similar to traditional breast augmentation procedures and include the following. Possible risks during the surgery will be discussed during the initial consultation.
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring 
  • Infection
  • Risk of further deformities
  • Soreness
  • Persistent pain
  • Changes in sensation 
  • Bruising
  • Nerve damage
  • Hematoma

Tuberous breast augmentation recovery

Following the correction of tubular breasts, patients might be required to spend one night in the hospital for observation. Recovery is typically smooth and rapid with the scars of the surgery starting to fade after 2–3 months.

Although a majority of patients can return home within a day, they should avoid strenuous activities such as lifting heavy weights and intense sports. Normal day-to-day activities and light work can be resumed within 1–2 days. A surgical bra might be fitted to help in faster recovery. If drain tubes are placed to remove any excess fluid, they will usually be removed after a week or more.

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