Breasts come in all different shapes and sizes, and “normal” can present in many different variations. However, it can be glaringly obvious when the shape of your breasts don’t not look like what you may see on magazines and television, and this can be a great cause of distress and embarrassment, having a negative impact on self-image. One of the conditions that can cause differentiation in breast shape is known as tuberous breasts/tubular breasts.
What Are Tuberous Breasts?
Tuberous breasts – which can also be called tubular breasts – are a genetic abnormality, and occur in unknown percentage of women. “Normal” breasts are usually fairly wide at the base with a rounded shape. Where tuberous breasts differ is that they have a narrower base than usual, resulting in a more tube-like, drooping shape; a high fold underneath the breast, and a shorter distance between the nipple and the fold. Nipples may be excessively large or protrude, with a larger than average areola surrounding. Breasts may be uneven or misshapen, and there may be a significant difference between both breasts. In the more severe cases, the breasts can also be significantly underdeveloped.
A simple way to check if your breasts can be considered tuberous/tubular is to measure the distance between your fold and your nipple. The distance in a “normal” breast is usually 4.5-7 centimetres, but if yours is lower than 4cms, you may have tuberous breasts.
What To Do If You Have Tuberous Breasts
Many women who suffer from tuberous/tubular breasts do so in silence, and are too embarrassed to look for help. However, there is no need to be ashamed of seeking help! If your breasts are tuberous, it is important to remember than there is nothing to worry about, and that it is completely harmless. Tuberous/tubular breasts are cosmetically different but functionally normal.
However, you may wish to seek cosmetic help in improving the shape of your breasts, and in this case it is important to seek the help of a breast specialist and cosmetic surgeon – just like Mr Ali Juma and Mr Jamil Hayek at New Image Clinic – with the relevant experience and credentials to help you.
As each case is different, your consultant surgeons may recommend the best way to achieve the desired appearance, either through implants or reshaping depending on the amount of breast tissue present. The treatment can be either in one stage or two stages depending on the severity of the condition.
Treatments can include one breasts augmentation/enlargement using silicone implants, breasts uplift/mastopexy with implants. Fat transfer can be used as a sole method or as an adjunct to silicone implants and breasts uplift. A Two stage procedure would involve expandable silicone prosthesis replaced later with implants and or fat transfer and an uplift if warranted.
If you would like advice on correcting tuberous breasts, or think you may have them, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with New Image Clinic team to book your consultation in London.