Are my Breasts Considered "Tuberous"?

Are my breasts are considered "tuberous breasts"? This how my breasts developed as a teen. I'm now 20 years old and my breasts never been super perky. I'm a virgin and I never had children or lost any dramatic amount of weight. My areloas and nipples always been big, but my breasts remain small. I never had any upper fullness and the bottom of my breasts never filled out. Most of my teens, my breasts has been a crooked like v-shape. So are my breasts are tuberous?

Doctor Answers 15

?tuberous breasts?

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There are a number of features that define a tubular breast:
•Wide and puffy areolae
•widely spaced breasts
•high breast fold
•constricted lower pole (deficient tissue in lower half of the breast
•minimal breast tissue
•high breast fold
•narrow base of the breast

Based upon the photos, you certainly have some of these findings, and the approach to surgical correction will take those into consideration.

Thanks for your question and best wishes.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon

Tuberous Breasts?

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From the photos, it looks like you have significant ptosis that would involve a breast lift as well as breast implants.  Tuberous breasts have a very narrow base, short distance from areola to inframammary fold, tight (constricted) lower pole of the breasts, relatively wide space between the breasts, "puffy" and areola and some degree of ptosis (drooping).  It may be a good idea to see a board certified plastic surgeon and have an in-person examination to determine exactly what procedure will give you the best result.

Good Luck

Your breasts are not tuberous

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I agree with the previous experts in that your breasts are probably not tuberous (by definition) but are definitely droopy. As such, I would recommend the following:

  • submuscular augmentation (to increase your overall breast volume and enhance upper pole fullness)
  • breast lift (to reduce areaolar diameter, lift position of the nipple, and create a more optimal shape)

These two procedures would provide the best chance for a more optimal breast appearance.

I hope that helps.

Tuberous or Constricted Breast Deformity vs Ptosis

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Hi AnonymousGirl
You do not appear to have a Tuberous (Constricted) Breast deformity. You do have what we call ptosis or drooping. This is a normal way that many women's breasts develop. It is easily corrected with a breast lift. This will provide for you a beautiful shape without any change in your breast size. (You can however make them larger or smaller at the same time if you wish.)

Your breasts don't look tuberous

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No. Your breasts do not appear to be tuberous or constricted breasts. They demonstrate significant droopiness/ptosis with asymmetry.

You would have an amazing transformation with a breast lift (Mastopexy). Please, read up on the topic, especially breast lifts which shape the breast tissue itself instead of the skin around it. Look into having a Hall-Findlay Mastopexy. You will be VERY glad you did.

Good Luck.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Tuberous breasts and breast shape

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Congenital breast abnormalities come in varying forms and it appears that you do not have a "classic" tuberous breast which would involve lower breast internal bands and herniated or "puffy" nipples. You probably have some lower breast bands that actually can cause the breast to "droop" over time as it develops. To corect your problem a breast lift or mastopexy would reposition your nipple and reshape your breasts, and if you want a fuller look an implant could be added.

I hope this helps and good luck> Dr. Trussler

Andrew P. Trussler, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Tuberous Breast Deformity

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I concur with my colleague that you do not have a classic tuberous breast deformity.  The primary issue is the ptosis (or sagging).   A breast lift would significantly improve the appearance and shape of your breasts.

Tuberous breast vs. ptosis of the breast.

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Your pictures suggest breast ptosis instead of a tuberous breast. Regardless, I think that a mastopexy (breast lift) would be you best option. Good luck!

Dean Fardo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Are my breasts tuberous?

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Your breasts do not demonstrate all the characertistics of tuberous breasts. You do have asymmetry, ptosis and it looks like your inframammary creases are at different levels. A mastopexy would help the appearance of your breasts a lot. The nipple would be repositioned higher, the breast mound would be lifted and shaped and the areola diameter reduced. Aysmmetries could also be improved at the same time.

Tracy M. Pfeifer, MD, MS

Tracy Pfeifer, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Tuberous breasts

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I agree that I wouldn't call your breasts tuberous. Rather, they have severe ptosis. Tuberous breasts come in a wide variety of severities and someone might call yours mild but you don't look like you have the constricted lower pole and high riding crease and herniated breast tissue into the areola that are characteristic of the tuberous patient.

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