Tuberous (Tubular) Breast Correction Surgery
Tuberous breasts (or tubular breasts) are a result of a congenital abnormality of the breasts which can occur in both men and women, in one breast or both. It is caused by breast tissue not growing properly during puberty. Tuberous breasts are diagnosed based on the way that the breasts look. They lack breast tissue in both the vertical and horizontal directions. The narrow base can cause the breast to look elongated. They tend to have a gap of more than 1.5 inches between them. The area that surrounds the nipple (areola) may appear to be constricted or collapsed and they may appear enlarged. A pair of tubular breasts often lack symmetry, and one will appear noticeably larger than the other. Instead of a round appearance, tubular breasts may appear to be oval, pointed, or square shaped.
The effects of the condition are varied and can range from mild to severe, below are some of the common characteristics of tubular breasts. Fortunately, these can be resolved with corrective surgery.
- Enlarged or puffy areolas (area surrounding the nipple)
- Unusually wide spacing between the breasts
- Minimal breast tissue
- Higher than normal breast fold
- Narrow base at the chest wall