Do Tubular Breasts Heal Differently After Breast Augmentation?

I opted for breast augmentation to correct or at least improve my tubular breasts (with very high breast folds). It's been 2 months and I am not seeing the smooth shape I expected at this stage. I still see a line (where the implant is sitting, I guess) and it totally LOOKS like a boob job.

I wanted to know if I am being realistic with my healing time. Will this crease improve over time? Is there something I can be doing to help the healing along? Will I ever look smooth? Thanks!

Doctor Answers (16)

Tubular breast deformity


Tubular breasts are tough to correct, and the first thing I always tell patients is that their breasts may not ever look completely normal. That being said, it looks like there is still some banding of your breast tissue that could be released. I have seen this happen after tubular breast correction, and it's frustrating for both surgeon and patient. The line you see is the band; the implants are sitting in the correct space. I suggest giving it at least six months prior to any revision surgery, and speaking with your surgeon about this. This is a tough problem, but it looks like you've come a significant part of the way towards correction. Good luck and best wishes, /nsn.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants not enough to correct tubular breasts.



1) The thing to understand is that women with tubular breasts really need breast reconstruction, with reshaping and spreading out of the breast tissue itself, by internal incisions. This is the key step to get normal shape, not breast implants. It does not look like you had this done.

2) I am afraid this will not improve on its own. Of course wait another four months at least, but eventually you will need a revision. It may never be perfect, but I think it can be better.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Tubular breasts

It's difficult to answer this question for you as there is a small photo in a limited area with no before image. However, women with tubular / tuberous breasts can achieve excellent results and are some f the happiest patients in my practice as this surgery is life altering for them. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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It is obvious from your post op photo that you were born with a tubular breast deformity.  This will not correct on its own and you will need a secondary procedure to improve your shape.  Your original surgery should have included some reshaping (mastopexy) in addition the the augmentation.  You can still obtain a nice result but there will be additional scars around the areola and the cost/inconvience of a secondary procedure.  If your original surgeon willnot/cannot perform the next procedure, maybe there can be some financial reimbursement to help cover the cost of the secondary procedure.

Good Luck,

David R Finkle, MD

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Tuberous/tubular breasts and post operative shape and healing


It may take at least 6 months for the crease in tubular or tuberous breast to resolve or improve after breast augmentation.  I would suggest waiting at least this amount of time before suggesting a revisionary surgery.  If after that period of time the shape has not improved, you could consider a surgery that would involve scoring or releasing the base of the breast to allow it to unfurl, along with a donut shaped skin resection (mastopexy) around the areola (pigmented area around the nipple). 

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
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Tubular breast correction


Tubular breast can be pretty difficult to correct. It looks as though there is some banding that has not been completely released. I would wait at least 6 months before you consider any revisionary surgery. This will also give your breast a little more time to heal and settle. Understand though that your breast may never be completely corrected, but improvement is a definite possibility. Definitely go talk to your plastic surgeon about this.

Best Regards,

Dr. Speron

Sam Speron, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon


It takes a very long time to correct the tubular breast shape after augmentation.  Massage the implant against that tight fold to encourage it to stretch out.  This will help achieve that rounded shape, which may take a year.

Gary Lawton, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Tuberous Breast Correction

Tubuerous breasts need more than breast implants to improve their contour.

The goal is to create a more rounded, regular shape and decrease large areola and large nipples, if necessary. Ideal breasts are comprised of evenly distributed tissue while tuberous breasts are characterized by tissue that is concentrated directly underneath the protruding nipples. Because of this, a common treatment technique involves releasing this constricted breast tissue by making internal radial incisions that allow it to splay out properly. These incisions are done internally so the patient doesn't see anything externally. In most cases I will suggest the placement of an implant, typically in the sub-mammary position to better influence the breast’s shape and to add greater volume. If excess or sagging skin is present, surgeons may recommend performing a breast lift as part of the procedure as well. You may need another procedure to address the crease. Please wait about 4 months after surgery to determine this.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Tubular breast correction

It looks as though your breasts remain constricted in the lower pole, which creates a line where the constricted breast base meets the implant. This may improve over the next several months as the implant continues to stretch the tissue. However, it may require revisionary surgery to further reshape your native tissue. Fat grafting over the implant to help camouflage the transition may also help. This is a difficult problem and sometimes takes a few surgeries to get a satisfactory result. Best of luck.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Tubular Breast Deformity and Breast Augmentation


         Tubular breast deformity occurs because of constriction of the skin at the base of the breast.  This often results in herniation of the breast tissue through the areola which creates a unique breast shape. The vast majority of constricted breast deformities are relatively mild and treatment may not be necessary.  Severe cases of this condition occasionally occur and do require treatment because of the magnitude of the breast deformity.  A variety of approaches can be used to correct this problem.  Treatment should be individualized, based on the specifics of the anatomic deformity and the aesthetic goals of the patient.


 Based on your pictures, it would appear that your breast augmentation surgery was not an adequate treatment for your tubular breast deformity. At this point in time, it’s unlikely that conservative management will address the remaining anatomic defect.  Correction will require release of the constricted inferior portion of the breast and a breast lift. It’s important that you share your concerns with your plastic surgeon, so a treatment plan can be developed.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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