Hello! I'm a 26 yo woman and I'm not sure if I have a tubular breast deformity. My breasts developed app. between 12 and 14 and have stayed like that ever since - meaning very small (34AA? I'm not sure), pointy and with puffy nipples. I don't really have a problem with being small but the shape looks really odd to me. So my questions: Are they tuberous? And is it possible to correct the shape without implants? I really don't like the "feeling" of implants. Thank you!
Tubular Breast? Correction Without Implants? (photo)
Doctor Answers (14)
Tubular or not
There is a new technique called The Mini Ultimate Breast Lift. Using only a circumareola incision it is possible to correct your puffy nipples, reshape your breast tissue creating upper pole fullness, elevate them higher on the chest wall and more medial to increase your cleavage. Aligning the areola and breast tissue over the bony prominence of the chest wall maximizes anterior projection and avoids the need for implants. This technique works whether the breast are tubular or not.
Gary Horndeski, M.D.
I see no indication for surgery on the posted breasts.
I don't see anything particularly wrong with the shape of the breasts. I certainly wouldn't exchange any modest shape change for the scars associated with a procedure.
Tubular Breast? Correction Without Implants?
Of all the findings associated with tubular breasts, the only one present in these photos is the puffy areolas, so I would not call these tubular,thought I wouldn't quarrel with a surgeon who would.
Although this can be improved with incisions around the areolas, and the uneven folds can be corrected, both without implants, I am not certain that the improvement would justify the scars needed.
All the best.
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Not tubular breast
You have small breasts with a slightly widened areola. You do not have tubular breasts. You would do well with a standard breast augmentation if you wish to improve the shape of your breast.
Tuberous Breasts Can Be Improved Without An Implant
Thank you for your question and photographs. Tuberous breasts can have their shape improved with a lift that releases the constricting fibrous bands inside. Your photographs suggest that you have a constricting band around the areola. You may also have constricting bands at the base of the breast. You should not get an implant if you do not like the concept for yourself. A good result is possible for you. Good luck.
Tubular Breast Deformity
From your photos, you do not look like you have tubular breast deformity. Although a proper consultation and physical examination with a Plastic Surgeon is more accurate, I don't think that you would get a different answer.
As to 'correcting' your breast shape without being made larger - yes you can adjust the appearance of your nipples and aureolas surgically. You can also adjust the shape of your breasts with fat grafting, but this does come at the cost of increasing your breast size. You need to understand the pros and cons of fat grafting before embarking on this procedure, as it is not really mainstream yet, but may become in time.
Dr Gavin Sandercoe
Thanks for the pictures , you do not have a tubular bresast , you present some asymetry of breast fold , the right side has it upper than the left , some grade or herniation of nipple , that is corrected with radiation of the nipple,, if you are really comfortable with the volume , wich is a hypotrophy , i think best results even though you are comfortable with your size is a combination of radiation and a small implant behind muscle
Tubular Deformity Correction Without Implants
You do not have tubular breast deformity. Your areolae are slightly larger than average for your breast size but they are within normal limits. If you desire, an areola reduction can be performed but this would not change the shape of the breast. You do not need breast implants if you do not want larger breasts. However, if you wanted to be moderately larger, small breast implants with or without an areolar reduction could improve the shape and the symmetry of your breasts.
Consult with a surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to acquire the detailed information that you need to make an informed decision.
In my opinion, you do not have tuberous breast deformity. You have smaller breasts which can easily be corrected with implants. You do have a short nipple to fold distance so picking a good surgeon is important since you will need to lower the fold slightly. Best of luck