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Tuberous Breasts

Tuberous breasts are a congenital abnormality of the breasts. Some describe the breast as elongated, conical or as a ‘snoopy breast’. Nipples may be prominent or the areola may appear larger than normal as the breast tends to ‘herniate’ into them. It can occur in men and women and can affect one breast or both breasts. It is usually noticed post puberty when the breast or breasts fail to develop normally or fully.

The condition can be classified into 4 types according to the von Heimburg classification and the degrees of abnormality. Type I has less abnormality, whereas, Type IV has a more severe degree of abnormality. This can be psychologically stressful for some patients and may lead to low self-esteem or anxiety in their relationships.

The cause of tubular breasts is currently undetermined. There is no evidence to suggest at this stage if a parent has tubular breasts whether their children will have tubular breasts.

In women, corrective surgery can help by using implants to create a normal proportional breast and appearance, the areola size may also be corrected and reduced in size with surgery. In some cases, a tissue expander may be required to create a pocket or space for an implant to be inserted in a secondary procedure. In almost all cases, however, an implant would be inserted in the initial surgery.

Dr Craig Layt can discuss the options available and together tailor a surgical procedure to correct the degree of abnormality to create a more developed and symmetrical appearance.

Corrective surgery can help by using implants to create a normal proportional breast and appearance, the areola size may also be corrected and reduced in size with surgery. In some cases, a tissue expander may be required to create a pocket or space for a breast implant to be inserted in a secondary procedure. In almost all cases, however, an implant would be inserted in the initial surgery.

Dr Layt can discuss the options available and together tailor a surgical procedure to correct the degree of abnormality to create a more developed and symmetrical appearance.

As with all surgery, there are risks to every procedure. No breasts are symmetrical however your surgeon will aim to correct the breasts to be more visually symmetrical in comparison to where they started.

For further information regarding these surgeries, please see Breast Augmentation and Nipple and Areolar surgery.

Every patient is an individual and therefore final surgical results will vary from patient to patient. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.

Tuberous Breasts Photos

These before and after photos are of patients that have had surgery performed by Dr Layt. These patients have consented to the photos being shown. These are actual photos and have not been altered or digitally enhanced. Every patient is an individual and therefore final surgical results will vary from patient to patient.

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