Dr. Hootan Daneshmand
Tubular Breast Correction Surgery
Tubular Breast Correction Surgery
Tuberous or tubular breasts are characterized by breasts that are more conical in shape, as opposed to round. They are caused by a skin deficiency that occurs during development either at the bottom, middle, or lateral portion of the breasts. Typically, significant asymmetries between the breasts exist, particularly if the condition only affects one breast.
Tubular breasts can have a profound impact on a woman’s appearance and self-esteem. The psychological effect is often what brings patients into our office for corrective procedures. If your mental health or overall confidence is suffering due to a tuberous breast deformity, call 949-359-8397 today. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Daneshmand, has more than 30 years of experience in giving women the breasts and bodies of their dreams. He can do the same for you.
What are Tubular Breasts?
Tubular breasts – also called conical breasts or tuberous breasts – are irregularly shaped breasts and areolas. Tuberous breasts may be wide-set, elongated, and pointy. They may also have a high inframammary fold and an enlarged or puffy areola. Breast asymmetry is incredibly common with this condition.
What Causes a Tuberous Breast Deformity?
A tuberous breast deformity typically occurs during puberty. More specifically, many healthcare professionals believe that this condition occurs due to a connective tissue malformation during breast development.
Symptoms of a Tuberous Breast Deformity
Tuberous breasts are diagnosed based on breast appearance and breast shape. You may have this condition if you have the majority of the symptoms listed below.
- Breasts that look cylindrical instead of round
- Constricted breast tissue at the chest wall
- Excessively saggy breasts due to an extremely low inframammary fold
- Large areolas
Some people have only one tuberous breast while others have two tuberous breasts.
Types of Tubular Breasts
A tuberous deformity comes in three different types. Tuberous breast deformity classification is dependent on a variety of factors, including breast tissue constriction, the location of the inframammary fold, degree of breast droopiness, areola size, and more.
- Tubular Breast Type I: This type of tubular breast deformity is characterized by minorly constricted breasts, minor to severe breast drooping, enlarged areolas, and a minor elevation of the inner part of the breast fold.
- Tubular Breast Type II: This type of tuberous breast is characterized by a moderate breast tissue constriction, a breast crease elevation on the inner and outer side, mild drooping or no drooping at all, and a normal or mildly herniated areola size.
- Tubular Breast Type III: This type of tuberous breast is characterized by severe breast tissue constriction, the elevation of the entire breast crease or no breast crease at all, mild to moderate breast droopiness, and a severe herniation of the areola size.
Tuberous Breast Treatment
A tuberous breast deformity is certainly not a life-threatening condition, so if your breast shape and appearance don’t bother you, correction isn’t necessary. If you do want correction of tubular breasts though, the only treatment strategy is reconstructive surgery. Deformity classification and treatment strategy will vary from patient to patient.
Tuberous breast reconstruction can involve full reconstructive surgery, areola reduction, or breast augmentation with breast implants or fat grafting. The type of surgical treatment you need will depend on which type of tubular breast deformity you have, your areola size, your breast volume, and whether you have asymmetrical breasts.
Tuberous breast deformity correction often happens in two steps. The first step usually involves releasing constricted breast tissue and forming a lower glandular flap. Plastic surgeons perform this procedure in a hospital. While tuberous breast patients are sedated with general anesthesia, the surgeon will insert either a tissue expander or a breast implant.
In the next step of tuberous breast corrective surgery, a board-certified plastic surgeon will either replace the tissue expansion device with a breast implant or reduce the areola size if an implant was already placed. If a patient has asymmetric tuberous breasts, a plastic surgeon may use this second surgery to make sure the normal breast matches the reconstructed one.
Tuberous Breast Surgery Risks and Complications
Every single corrective surgery comes with its own set of risks. Before undergoing tuberous breast surgery, it’s crucial to know exactly what you’re getting into.
You could experience the following risks and complications from tuberous breast correction:
- Breast appearance and shape that you don’t like
- Nipple-areola complex appearance and shape that you don’t like
- Breast asymmetry
- Excess bleeding
- Negative reactions to anesthesia
- Noticeable scarring
- Implant rupture and rippling
- Capsular contracture
In order to limit breast surgery risks and complications, it’s crucial to pick an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Daneshmand. When you choose him, you can expect a safe and easy tuberous breast correction.
Tuberous Breast Surgery Cost
The cost of tuberous breast correction surgery depends on a lot of factors, such as:
- Clinic location
- Plastic surgeon experience
- How many surgeries you need to fix your type of tuberous breasts
- What type of tuberous breast surgery you need
Additionally, it’s important to remember that you’re not just paying for the surgical technique. You’re also paying for your implants, your anesthesia, your pain medications, your surgeon’s fees, and post-surgery necessities like a surgical bra.
According to a site called RealSelf, where patients and plastic surgeons across the U.S. discuss all things cosmetic surgery, the average cost of a breast augmentation as of May 2022 is $6,575. The same site claims that the average cost of an areola reduction surgery is $3,050 as of May 2022. These two procedures are very common in tuberous breast correction.
The best way to know how much your tuberous breast surgery will cost is to schedule an appointment with your plastic surgeon and allow them to examine you. They will determine which surgical techniques are necessary to fix your tuberous breasts. Additionally, they’ll be able to give you an accurate price tag.