Hello, I'm an 18 year old female and ever since I was about 14 I've been concerned that my breasts are tubular. However, when my nipples are erect (as pictured) they look perfectly fine in my opinion. It's almost as if the tissue gets pinched back and creates a rounder shape. But I don't have naturally erect nipples, they're quite puffy. In your professional opinion, are they tuberous? Because I'm young, do I still have a chance of developing more rounded breasts in the future?
Are my Breasts Tubular?
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You appear to have a mild degree of a tubular breast with a constricted base BUT I agree with the other posts that you probably don't need correction of this minor problem.
Tuberous Breasts is a Sub-Group of Constricted Breasts
Tubular breasts is a descriptive term that indicates certain features that are variably present to variable degrees. Some call it constricted breasts because the base of the breast is tight and yours have a bit of that characteristic. You have to remember that breasts come in all shapes and sizes. Very few are "perfect." Your breasts are going to develop the way they will and they will continue to change as you grow, age, become pregnant, etc. It doesn't matter what they look like or what they are called, if you are unhappy about some aspect whether it is shape, size, symmetry, sagging, degree of perkiness, then you can discuss changes with a surgeon. Whether or not you actual go through with any surgery is going to be a individual and joint decision with your surgeon.
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Do I Have Tubular Breasts?
Treatment of Tubular Breast
Tubular or constricted breast is a spectrum of findings on the breast. It can vary from mild to severe, and treatment can be a challenge. Looking at your picture: if you have it, it is mild and would respond well to augmentation, if certain steps are taken. Your best option is to visit with a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in breast surgery. They can examine you and give you your best options.
Mild case of breast tuberosity?
you may have a very mild case of breast tuberosity, however I do not think this is something that needs correction. Should you ever decide to have breast augmentation, your plastic surgeon should examine your breasts to determine whether or not any release of tight/constricted tissue needs to be performed during the breast augmentation to give you the best results.
You have a mild form of "tuberous " breasts. It just means that the breast is constricted and the nipple appears herniated outward. This can be corrected with breast augmentation if done correctly. The tissue will need to be cut on the inside to allow the base to expand and eliminate the flattened lower portion. They may improve as you get older even without implants especially if you breast feed. If surgery is done now, breast feeding may not be possible later.
Tubular breasts in NY
Thank you for your question and for providing the photos. Based on your photos and your description of your breasts, I would agree that they are tubular in nature. Tubular breasts are the result of a constricted ring of tissue at the base of the breasts. While there is a wide spectrum of degrees of tubular breasts, the common theme is a tight lower pole of the breasts and tissue that protrudes through the areolar opening. In your case, when your nipples are erect, they contract and force the breast tissue back within the breasts, improving the shape of your breasts.
Tubular breasts can be improved through a variety of different means, depending on the look of the breasts. In many cases, this combines the use of an implant with reshaping of the breast. In your case, a conservative implant could be placed to provide more width and volume for your breasts. The constricted ring of tissue would be released, which allows your breast to unfurl and create a more rounded shape. The areola could then be reduced and tightened to correct the puffiness that you previously had and reduce the size of the areola. All of this could be done as a relatively brief outpatient procedure through an incision limited to the border of the areola where it is well hidden.
In short, you are an excellent candidate to have your breasts enhanced and reshaped. Best of luck with your breasts.
Breasts Come In Many Shapes & Sizes; You Appear To Have Constricted Breast Deformity
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes and significant variations in breast contour are common amongst women. One of the more commonly seen breast variants is the tubular breast deformity. This is also frequently referred to as a constricted breast deformity.
The condition 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 history and pictures, I believe you have a mild tubular breast deformity. This deformity may be impacted by aging and pregnancy. Over the course of time, you may see changes in your breasts which may effect your decision to undergo surgical correction. If you have continued concerns about the issue, it would not be unreasonable to consult a board certified plastic surgeon.
Thank you for the question and photo! On your photo, it appears that you have more of a "constricted" breast rather than a classic "tuberous" breast. Although you do have some features of this, you do not fit all of the criteria. However, you do have some herniation of tissue into the areola along with a tight/"constricted" lower pole of your breast.
As you age, you may find some changes to your breasts, but your complaints may not completely be improved. If you desire in the future, a procedure to open the lower pole of your breast tissue from within along with a small implant may ameliorate your concerns. A consultation in the future with a plastic surgeon may help you determine which procedure(s), if any, may be right for you. Hope these answers help you!
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