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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Tuberous Breasts is a Sub-Group of Constricted Breasts
Tubular or Tuberous breasts can be corrected
In many breast augmentation patients, the inframammary fold needs to be lowered in order to allow the implant to rest at a level that appears natural relative to the position of the nipple and areola. Ideally the implant should be centered directly behind the nipple-areola complex (NAC). In profile, the natural-appearing breast is not convex in the upper pole, and an excessively convex and overly full upper pole is a dead giveaway that a breast implant sits below the skin. In addition, inadequate release of the inferior origin of the pectoralis major will allow the muscle to hold the implant in too high a position, and may even cause the implant to displace upwards (as high as the collar bone in some patients) when the muscle contracts. Patients with this problem require reoperation to release the inferior origin of the pec major and/or the inframammary fold.
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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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The most important thing is that you like the way they look
Tuberous Breasts / Breast augmentation
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.
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.
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.
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