I'm 18 yrs old. Are my Breasts Tubular?
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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.
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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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.