Do I have tuberous breasts? (Photo)
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Do I have tuberous breasts?
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Ideal Candidates for Breast Augmentation
- Desire larger, shapelier breasts.
- Moderate degree of breast sag and smaller breasts, whose problem can be solved by enlargement.
- One breast that is noticeably smaller or is positioned differently than the other (asymmetry).
- Uneven chest wall or rib cage.
- Women requiring breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.
- Restore breast volume or shape following pregnancy, breast feeding and/or weight loss.
#1 large, puffy nipple/areolas. This is known as areolar or nipple herniation.
#2 small breasts lacking much tissue
#3 small base diameter or "footprint" of the breast, also known as "constriction". This makes the breast shape itself appeared too small for the chest it is on
#4 a high-riding or absent breast fold, which is the defining crease at the base of your breast.
The "classic tuberous breast deformity" involves all four deformities together to a significant degree. However, some women have only two or three of the characteristics. Other women have all four of the characteristics but to a very slight degree. So, it is less a "black-and-white " issue, rather many shades of gray. The surgical solution depends upon the specific constellation of symptoms that a given patient has.
In your case, you have some characteristics of this deformity, and the good news is, that a well performed surgery can improve your complaints significantly.
Best of luck!
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Newtown Square/Philadelphia, PA
- High inframammary crease (short distance between the nipple and the bottom crease of the breast)
- Areola size out of proportion the remainder of the breast (too big)
- Herniation of breast tissue into the nipple/areolar complex
- Cylindrical shape to the breast (not round or tear drop shape)
Mild tuberous issue
Mildly Tuberous Breasts
From the photos you provided it appears as though you have a very mild form of tuberous breasts. The bases of your breasts are constricted, meaning the distance from the nipple to the fold is short, and you have some very mild herniation of breast tissue beneath the areolae. I believe you can obtain an excellent result without any sort of mastopexy but rather a breast augmentation through an areolar incision with internal releasing of the constricting bands within your breasts.
I would recommend a "formed stable" or anatomically shaped implant rather than a round in your case. A round implant will conform to whatever shape the forces of the breast place on it, while a formed stable implant will force the breast into the shape of the implant. This will ultimately provide you with more fulness in the lower pole of the breast and release the constriction to some extent.
Best of luck to you on this!
G. Robert Meger MD
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