Breasts May Be Tubular and Would Like to Reshape Them? (photo)

I'm pretty sure I have tubular breasts and am interested in reshaping them to achieve a better aesthetic while keeping as natural a look as possible. I'm a 32b and don't really want to go much larger than a C. Is it possible to get a naturally perky look with smaller implants? And do they seem suitable for an areola incision because I'd like to reduce the size and avoid scarring as much as possible. I know silicone isn't available for women under 22 so should I wait or will saline look natural?

Doctor Answers 11

Breasts tubular?

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I do not think that your breasts are tubular. An implant can help make them larger. you may also want to consider an areola reduction because they will stretch out more with implants.

New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Not really tubular

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Tubular or tuberous breasts are characterized by a constricted base, high tight fold and wide arerola with some protrusion.  Your areola are wide but not protruding and your breast are small but flow fairly normally. A relatively straightforward augmentation with saline or silicone would be fine, but I would consider a minor mastopexy with a circumareolar incision to reduce your areolar diameter somewhat especially to compensate for the expected stretching with the implants. 

David J. Levens, MD
Coral Springs Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

Reshaping Breasts (photos)

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The answer, in my opinion is, you can have beautiful breasts with gel implants of your chosen projection (provided selected width is appropriate for your chest).   My preferred approach would be areolar.  Every situation is different, so it is difficult to be more specific without in person evalutation, but both surgical technique and implants can expand your inframammary crease, which is arguably the most important alteration in your case to improve breast aesthetics.

Steve Laverson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Breast Implants at age 22

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Based on your photos, I do not see tubular breast.  I do agree that your breast need to be reshaped, perhaps with a minor mastopexy.  There is no reason that you cannot get silicone gel implants.  Consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) for an evaluation.  Best of luck to you!

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

Tubular 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

I would not put you in that category--all I see are widely spaced breasts and large (not puffy) areolae. 

I would recommend a modest sized implant and a modified mastopexy with reduction of areolar size and with that some centralization of the areolae (only a little bit of change is possible). 

Before silicone was on the general market, the study rules permitted their use for patients having mastopexy and for certain congenital anomalies. Many surgeons will use silicone in patients under 22 in this setting. Call around and find out.

Thanks for your question and for the attached photos. Best wishes.l 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

Not tubular - implants and possible areola reduction

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I wouldn’t say your breasts are tubular, because you don’t have that constriction of tissue around the areola or a high breast fold. Implants would be sufficient, along with an areola reduction if you find your areolae too large.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Mini Ultimate Breast Lift reshapes breasts

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You are a perfect candidate for a new procedure called Breast Augmentation with Mini Ultimate Breast Lift.  This is done through a circumareola incision leaving only 1 scar around the areola.  The areolas can be adjusted to your desired size, the breast tissue is lifted and reshaped and implants are placed.  You need your breasts higher on the chest wall and increased cleavage.  Changing from a size B to size C would be no problem.  A small implant such as 100 to 200 cc would be required.  Whether you have tubular breasts or not is irrelevant.

Best Wishes,

Gary Horndeski, M.D.

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 230 reviews

Reshaping breasts

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Tuberous breasts would have a constricted or tight lower pole (the area from the fold to the nipple).  Yours do not seem to have that component.  Since breast augmentation is an elective procedure, you may choose to have saline implants now or wait until you turn 22 for silicone implants.  In my opinion, silicone implants provide a more natural look and feel for thinner patients.


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It is definitely possible for you to improve the look of your breast. Getting a small implant and a lift would help change the shape of your breasts.

Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Treatment of Tubular Breasts: Implant Augmentation with Lift

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Tubular breasts tend to be narrow, pointy, and have tight skin restricting enlargement.  Cosmetic repair involves augmentation with the release of tight breast tissue and skin.  The results are quite pleasing for patients and can make great improvements.  In the photos that you present, your breasts have dropped, lost upper breast volume, and have some areolar enlargement.  An augmentation with a lift and areolar reduction would be a good plan to consider!

Stephen Bresnick, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

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