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.
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.
Tuberous Breasts is a Sub-Group of Constricted Breasts
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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.
No, not tuberous!
Thanks for your question. I'm happy to tell you that your breasts are definitely not tuberous. What defines a tuberous breast is: constricted base of the breast, high-riding inframammary fold, and herniation of the breast grandular tissue into the nipple areolar complex. Any of these components individually does not mean you have a true tuberous breast.
Your inframammary fold is not high riding; the base of your breast is not constricted, but you may have herniation of the breast grandular tissue which is why the areola is large.
You would likely be a great candidate for standard breast augmentation. (Note: for a true tuberous breast, you can't just put in an implant; you need to modify the shape of the breast surgically.)
Thank you for sharing your question and picture. From your picture it does look like you have tubular breasts. The spectrum of tubular breasts can range from very mild to severe, and is different for every individual.
Below are some of the most common symptoms of tubular breasts that can be corrected with surgery:
- Breast hypoplasia (small breasts or underdeveloped)
- One or both breasts have an excessively thin base
- The inframammary fold (breast crease) is too high or tight
- Breasts are asymmetrical
- Breast constriction
- Breasts have an abnormal shape and projection, almost resembling a cone.
Luckily, reconstructive tubular breast surgery can help patients achieve a more normal and natural appearing breast shape. This procedure should only be performed by an expert, board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure it is done properly. You should consult in person with a plastic surgeon who can evaluate your breasts and recommend the best treatment plan. Good luck!
There are many different degrees of tubular anamolies and no such thing as “perfect” breasts. They come in all shapes and sizes and most with some form of asymmetry. Based on the photo you provided, you have some characteristics of tubular breasts that appear very mild. There is some constriction in the inferior pole which prevents the breast from taking on the rounder shape you desire. If you are unhappy with your appearance, you may be a candidate for breast augmentation. Breasts can still be developing over the next several years and will continue to change as you get older especially during pregnancy. A board certified plastic surgeon can advise you on the optimal time to consider the surgery.
Varieties of tubular breasts
Not particularly tuberous
Breast development typically is complete after you have completed puberty. At 18 you are probably fully through puberty. Any further changes can still occur but much later over time related to either major weight fluctuation or pregnancy.
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