Suggested Procedure for Tuberous Breasts

Surgeons with expertise in this area, please provide your thoughts. I would prefer a natural look, so perhaps tear drop would be best?

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A two-fold approach to your tuberous breasts

My approach to the tuberous component in your breasts, which I have used in many cases, is twofold.

Initially, through a periareolar incision, I would perform a dual plane augmentation releasing the tight and constricted inferior pole (re: the lower portion of your breasts). This allows the prosthesis to sit lower on the chest and creates a slight upward rotation of the nipple areola. The 2nd part of the procedure is a periareolar mastopexy which allows for diminution in the size of the nipple areolar complex and improvement in the herniated subareolar tissue, particularly on the right side. 

Complete correction can be achieved in one operation with an excellent aesthetic result.  The periareolar incision should heal quite well since there is not a great deal of elevation involved to cause tension.  I prefer to use silicone implants and certainly would not use an anatomic or tear dropped style prosthesis. 

Please see the case linked to below for an example of the above. Hope this helps and good luck with whatever you decide to do.

Albany Plastic Surgeon
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Tuberous Breast Correction

Tuberous breast deformity is a developmental condition. During the breast developmental phase, an aberration occurs that causes a constricting ring to grow around the base of the breast. This ring keeps the breast from developing properly, stopping its horizontal and/or vertical expansion. The extra pressure from this process causes the breast tissue to herniate and move toward the area of the nipple/areola. The end result of this process is misshapen breasts, large areolas and irregular nipples, known as tuberous breasts. This problem can range greatly in severity. Some patients with minor tuberous breast deformity will only have breasts that have a high fold, tight base or a constricted appearance while others may suffer from a more severe problem where the breasts resemble tubes.

Ideal breasts are comprised of evenly distributed tissue while tuberous breasts are characterized by tissue that is concentrated directly underneath the protruding nipples. Because of this, a common treatment technique involves releasing this constricted breast tissue by making internal radial incisions that allow it to splay out properly. These incisions are done internally so the patient doesn't see anything externally. In most cases I will suggest the placement of an implant, typically in the sub-mammary position to better influence the breast’s shape and to add greater volume. If excess or sagging skin is present, I may recommend performing a breast lift as part of the procedure as well. You may require a breast lift for your right breast, however a more accurate assessment can be obtained through a physical examination with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon. Best of luck!

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Tuberous breasts: There is a solution!!!

  Tuberous breast repairs are commonly scar ridden flat and unnatural looking.  The good news is that there is a specific technique to create natural appearing breasts with hidden scars for this type of breast shape. The procedure involves a special subfascial placement of silicone implants and a special nipple lift and areolar reduction with a hidden scar.  The results are very natural appearing.  

All the best,
Rian A. Maercks M.D.

Rian A. Maercks, MD
Miami Physician
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Tuberous breast correction

There are many different variants of tuberous breast or constricted breast developmental deformities.  You do have a variant of tuberous breast, with some areolar protrusion ("pseudoherniation" of the areola), and a very short distance from your nipple to the inframammary fold with deficient tissue in the lower pole of the breast.  You also have a rather wide distance between your breasts.  You can benefit from a breast augmentation, but it should be performed by a surgeon experienced in dealing with turberous breasts. Your inframammary folds will need to be lowered (otherwise the nipples will be too low on the breast and be downpointing), and the tight "constricted" lower pole of the breast will need to be "released" by some scoring incisions on the undersurface of the breast tissue to allow it to expand under the weight of the implant.  The protrusion of the areola that you have will benefit from a periareolar "telescoping" excision similar to a periareolar lift, leaving a scar surrounding each areola and helping to flatten the areola.

Robert M. Grenley, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Tuberous breast

there are many ways to improve the appearance of a tuberous breast. I believe that a periareolar mastopexy or tuck will flatten the "tuberous portion" at the time of augmentation. In addition while dissecting the pocket for the silicone implants, the bands of tissue that are causing this can be released allowing the breast to expand and become rounder. I believe that the implants should be place beneath the muscle. On the right side you may also require an extension of the scar around the areolar making it into more of a lollypop shape.

Rick Rosen, MD
Norwalk Plastic Surgeon
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Tuberous breast correction

There is no consensus on the best surgical treatment for tuberous breasts.  I personally prefer silicone implants performed through a peri-areolar incision, with a reduction of the areolae and submuscular placement of the implants.  Teardrop implants are great, but silicone teardrops are not yet available in the US for general use.  I agree with Dr. Rand, however, in that you should expect a significant improvement, but not perfection, as tuberous breasts are extremely challenging to correct.  Best wishes, /nsn.

Nina S. Naidu, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Treating tuberous breasts

You can achieve a nice improvement, not perfection, from your slightly more difficult starting point than some tuberous breasts.  You would need periareolar lifts, and in my practice, I believe that an expandable saline implant will give you the best result placed under the muscle because you can stretch the tissues gradually adding fluid after surgery and can best correct the asymmetry and you also get to control the final size you like best.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Tubular breast reconstruction

Tuberous breast correction is a very meticulous and specialized procedure and should only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in this area. I prefer using a breast implant in conjunction with a periareolar incision for reconstructive tubular breast surgery as it provides the highest degree of control and accuracy when placing the implant. This surgical technique results in a natural, symmetrical, and full breast appearance. In order to restore a more ideal and rounded breast shape, you may also recommend a breast lift along with the augmentation. Each patient with tuberous breasts is unique, and so is their surgery. I would need to consult with you in person to determine the best tuberous breast correction surgery approach. 

Jimmy S. Firouz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Tuberous breast options

Thank you for your question and for sharing your photo. Based on your photograph, it appears that your breast are constricted and not allowing the lower aspect of your breast to fully develop. Breast surgery is an option to help reshape the breast and release some of the constrictions. An implant and breast lift may also help reshape the breasts as well. I would visit with a board certified plastic surgeon who can discuss the different operative techniques and options with you.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Suggested procedures for tuberous breasts?

Thank you for your question!   Given your photos, it does appear that you have a mild tuberous breast/constricted breast deformity.  The standard procedure would be placement of an implant (or tissue expander, depending on the lower pole of your breast) as well as a circumareolar breast lift.  These modalities would correct the issues with tuberous breast: constricted breast at the inferior pole, via breast prosthetic; scoring of the tissue to release the bands; lowering the inframammary fold; correcting the herniation of breast tissue into the areolae; and decreasing the overall size of the areolae.  These are the hallmarks of tuberous breasts.  

Consult with a plastic surgeon well-versed in breast surgery and discuss your goals and expectations.  S/he will then be able to examine and discuss the various options and assist you in deciding which decision os the right one for you, given your desires.  I would expect a very pleasing result for you!  Hope that this helps!  Best wishes for a wonderful result!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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