I have already been told on here that I have tuberous breasts. My questions are...why do you get tuberous breasts? What are they beyond their unsightly appearance?
What Are Tuberous Breasts and Why/how Do You Get Them?
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Tuberous breasts are something you are born with. Like some women are born with large breasts and some with small, some are born with tuberous breasts. This is simply a label plastic surgeons place on breasts that have certain characteristics: the nipple is lower on the breast (ptosis or sagging), some of the breast tissue is pushed out into the areola (the dark part around the nipple), and there is a short distance from the nipple to the fold below the breast. The good news is - a breast augmentation and mini-breast lift can give tuberous breasts fullness, make them more round and place the nipple in the center of the breast. You will love the improvement! K. Roxanne Grawe, MD Columbus Plastic Surgeon
Tuberous breast deformity involves a constricting ring that grows around the breast base. This ring stops the horizontal and/or vertical expansion of the breast, leading to constricted appearance with large areolas and irregular nipples. Surgery is necessary to release constricted tissue, and implants may be placed to enhance volume.
Tuberous/Constricted Breast Concerns?
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Tuberous breasts tend to be narrow at the base and are overly projecting for their size, and this phenomenon may occur on one or both sides. In its mildest form, the lower pole of the breast is underdeveloped or may even appear constricted - sometimes referred to as a 'constricted lower pole'. In severe cases the breast is conical in shape and is sometimes described by the patient as looking like a 'torpedo' or a 'Snoopy dog'. Regardless of the degree of tuberosity, it is possible to dramatically improve the appearance of the tuberous breast during augmentation surgery using a number of specialized surgical techniques.
Many patients with severely tuberous breasts have said that they have never removed their bra in an intimate setting. Careful patient assessment, thoughtful planning and attention to detail during the surgical procedure can produce a dramatic and life-changing improvement for most patients with tuberous breasts.
The cause of this developmental breast condition is not known. It varies in degree of severity and may be unilateral or bilateral. The treatment is surgical.
While I would consider many of these cases to be reconstructive in nature the surgery is not covered by insurance.
There are a number of features that define a tuberous 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
These are a genetic problem. They are not associated with any functional problems, nor with any other anomolies.
Treatment is surgical, usually with some combination of implants and lifting techniques. All the best.
Tubular breasts, also known as tuberous breasts, tubular breast deformity (TBD), or “snoopy breasts,” is a congenital abnormality in which one or both breasts fail to develop fully and normally during puberty. The severity of symptoms associated with tubular breasts can range from moderate to severe and typically include:
- “Puffy” areolas
- Minimal breast tissue
- Excessive gap between breasts
- Higher than average breast crease
The exact cause of tubular breasts is still unknown. But luckily when treated by an expert breast surgeon, the breasts can be reshaped to appear "normal."
What are tuberous breasts and why/how do you get them?
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. Hope that this helps!
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