What are Tubular Breasts?
Tubular breasts are a condition in which the breast tissue lacks volume in both the horizontal and vertical direction, leading to tubular or tuberous breasts. Some doctors also call this condition breast hypoplasia. In general, the breast tissue does not proliferate properly during puberty, leading to a breast deformity that impacts breast shape and at times the ability for a woman to breastfeed. Important to note, there is no health risk associated with tuberous breasts, however, some women seek to correct the condition by undergoing breast augmentation surgery.
In this article, you will learn what tubular breasts look like and how to treat the condition. Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Howarth is an expert plastic surgeon known for correcting tubular breast deformity with breast augmentation surgery in Arizona.
What Do Tubular Breasts Look Like?
Tubular or tuberous breasts tend to be lacking in volume surrounding the nipple. Also, a gap greater than one and one half inches tends to occur between the breasts. In some cases, the breast tissue around the nipple appears constricted, and the areola tends to be larger. Other symptoms of tubular breasts sometimes include a narrow breast base, tight breast skin beneath the nipples, and nipples that point downwards.
How Do I Know If I Have Tubular Breasts?
A plastic surgeon can tell you if you have tubular breasts by performing a visual examination. In addition to the symptoms stated above, breast shape may be oval or pointed rather than round. The condition can affect one of both breasts. Often the breasts are asymmetrical and may even have a droopy appearance due to areolar tissue having a distinct difference in shape.
How Common is Tubular Breast Deformity?
It is difficult to know how common tubular breasts are because many cases go undiagnosed. In general, the condition is more common than most people realize. Some small breasted women who seek breast augmentation may have mild cases of tuberous breasts without realizing it. It is common, for example, for a woman to be unhappy with the shape of her breast and seek augmentation, without realizing that she has this condition. In other cases, especially when there is asymmetry, women are quite aware that one breast is significantly different in shape from the other and describe the breast as droopy or elongated.
What Are the Causes of Tubular Breasts?
While the exact cause of tubular breasts is unclear, some doctors believe it occurs due to a genetic alteration of the breast tissue that likely occurs during in utero development. The effects do not become evident until puberty when the tissue in one or both breasts, fails to develop in an expected rounded manner. Others theorize that the deformity occurs due to collagen irregularities impacting the appearance of the breast.
How to Correct or Fix Tubular Breasts
While some women may not even know they have tubular or tuberous breasts, others are quite anguished about their breast appearance. In either case, cosmetic surgery can alter the size and shape of the breast leading to enhanced aesthetic outcomes. The procedure itself can be complex to gain ideal cosmetic results, and warrants treatment by a skilled plastic surgeon.
Moderate and severe cases of the deformity may involve reshaping the breast, balancing the areola size, and finally augmenting the breast tissue. The surgeon may also need to use specialized techniques to release constricted tissue and create new breast folds. No two cases are the same and each requires a keen aesthetic eye and expert surgical skill. Indeed, it is important to select a surgeon familiar with tuberous breast deformity to achieve optimal results.
Revision Specialist Scottsdale Arizona
Dr. Ashley Howarth is a leading female plastic surgeon in Scottsdale. Recognized for her attention to detail, high-caliber surgical skills and beautiful, natural results for women seeking breast augmentation, Dr. Howarth is an expert on tubular breast deformity.
If you are wondering if you have tubular breasts or have any dissatisfaction about the appearance of your breasts, the first step is to schedule a comprehensive in-office consultation. After the exam, Dr. Howarth can create an individualized plan to address your specific concerns and answer any questions you may have.
For many women in Arizona, Dr. Ashley Howarth is the plastic surgeon of choice for breast enhancement, revision, and correction procedures.