Also known as tuberous breasts, or snoopy breasts, it is a breast deformity or a congenital abnormality. In tubular breasts, either one or both boobs fail to develop normally or fully during puberty. It is a genetic condition characterised by constricted tube-shaped boobs caused by the tight bands underneath the skin that prevent the breast’s glands from growing normally.
Tuberous breasts cause abnormalities in the volume distribution of the breasts, their shape, size and the nipple-areola complex shape. Unlike the regular round shape, tubular breasts have a pointy tube appearance.
Tubular breasts can be classified into four types. These include the following:
Tuberous breasts are quite common. Some of the defining characteristics of tuberous boobs are:
As a result, the visual appearance of tuberous breasts may take a toll on women and negatively impact their self-esteem and confidence. However, thanks to groundbreaking advancements in medical science, the characteristics of tuberous boobs can be corrected easily.
At Manchester Private Hospital, we customise the tubular breast correction treatment plan for patients depending on the severity of the case. For example, milder tuberous breasts are characterised by a high-infra mammary fold, a short distance between the breast and nipple. However, severe cases of tuberous breasts are when the breast shape becomes elongated with constriction in the breast’s bottom and nipple areola herniation.
The degree of tuberous breast severity influences tubular breast correction techniques. In general, the treatment focuses on widening the constricted breast base to the regular size while lowering the infra-mammary gap. This is followed by increasing breast size, lowering the nipple-areola complex size and restoring the symmetry of the breasts.
If you’re struggling with tubular breasts, contact us. At MPH, we can provide a personalised treatment plan with the best surgical techniques to help you achieve your desired aesthetic goals.
Every patient has unique breast anatomy and different degrees of breast deformity, so each case requires a unique treatment plan with breast correction techniques. They depend on the boob size, shape and position, and body goals of the patient. Tubular breast correction surgery is quite complex, demanding experience and specialised skills. For this reason, patients prefer to consult and get their boob jobs done by experienced surgeons in Manchester.
Our surgeon uses special and proven reconstructive methods for treating tubular breasts by releasing constricted tissue, lifting boobs and reshaping them while repositioning the areolar.
The breast enlargement technique is often used for releasing constricted tissue, increasing the tissue’s stretch and volume. However, some patients may also need breast uplift for tightening if they don’t want a breast implant. Here’s an overview of the reconstructive techniques that surgeons use to treat tubular breasts:
Our surgeon may advise this surgery if you have enough breast tissue to reconstruct tuberous breasts without the implants. The surgery includes the following steps:
During this surgery, the surgeon reshapes tubular boobs and nipples – all at the same time. It is an excellent procedure to get rid of puffy and snoopy nipples while making your nipples appear more proportional to the breasts. It also gives a rounded and fuller look to your breasts.
Our surgeon may advise two surgeries if your tubular boob deformity is severe.
The first surgery releases the constrictive tissue around the nipples and base of your boobs. Next, tissue expanders are carefully implanted. Tissue expanders or inflatable implants are used for severe constriction cases. In this surgery, the implants are blown up with weekly saltwater injections, which further help stretch the skin’s tissue. It helps create ample space for breast implants in the future.
Once breasts are stretched, it is followed by a second surgical procedure where we replace the expanders with permanent breast implants. For a natural appearance, our surgeon further reshapes the nipples and breasts.
Ideally, the two-step tubular breast correction procedure is for treating issues like:
Mild deformities caused due to tubular breasts are easier to fix with fat grafting. The procedure is less invasive. Fat grafting removes fat from targeted areas like hips, the belly, and thighs and then grafts or injects them in the boobs strategically for correction. The procedure helps:
Also known as lipo-implant, it is an innovative technique that uses fat grafting and implants to restore breast shape. In this technique, the lower area of the breast is expanded with fat grafts and implants for full reconstruction of the breast. This technique promises women both the best cosmetic results and a natural appearance.
At MPH, we strive to provide treatments in conformance with the highest safety and quality standards with excellent care, empathy, and compassion. Our excellent patient care begins with a consultation. We make sure that the procedure is completed fast and with minimal discomfort. As an outpatient, you can return home on the day of the operation after your tubular breast correction surgery. Hence, asking a family member or friend to assist you and drive you home is advisable.
Almost every surgical treatment carries some risk. Therefore, it is advisable to understand the risks and complications. Compare your risks to the procedure’s potential benefits to make an informed decision. Though most patients undergoing tubular breast correction surgery don’t experience complications, you should evaluate the risks before proceeding. Some of the risks and complications you can suffer from are:
Breast implants can often fail. They can break and leak. Breast implants may rupture because of an injury or during mammography. Broken and damaged implants can’t be repaired. Hence, in such a situation, you will need to remove them and replace the damaged implants with new ones.
After a tubular breast correction surgery, you may be at risk of capsular contracture. It is a condition where the patient develops scar tissue around breast implants. This scar tissue causes the breasts to harden and tighten. Not only is it painful, but it also causes discomfort and pain. Though the complication is almost unpredictable, certain techniques help reduce the risk. For example:
Nonetheless, if capsular contracture occurs, you will need surgery and implants removed or replaced.
Another complication that you’re exposed to after a tubular breast correction procedure is skin rippling and wrinkling. In this condition, there is a palpable and visible wrinkling of breast implants. Although some wrinkling is normal, it can be more pronounced in women with saline-filled breast implants.
It is a complication where the breast tissue falls below its central mound. In other words, the implant sits lower than the Inframammary crease. It leads to contour deformity, which requires further treatment.
This condition is quite common among patients who undergo this surgery. However, it is temporary, and the sensation returns after a few months. Some patients, nonetheless, may experience permanent or partial loss of sensation in their nipples which can negatively affect their sexual responses and the ability to breastfeed.
It is a complication characterised by the deposits of calcium in the scar tissue around the implants. It can cause firmness and pain. Moreover, they may be visible on your mammography.
Here are the answers to the frequently asked questions about tubular breasts and correction surgery:
You may notice the unusual shape of the breasts and a narrow base. Your boobs may also droop, with the nipple-areolar complexes appearing enlarged.
All breast implants and related devices are manufactured by Nagor in state-of-the-art facilities that strictly adhere to the ISP 13485 standards and requirements for Class-III sterile implants. Furthermore, it conforms to EN and ISO requirements and has a CE mark certification. Rest assured, Nagor implants’ quality is top-notch. It’s a name you can trust and count on.
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Absolutely not! It is reassuring that tuberous breasts have no impact on health. Hence, your decision for tubular breast correction is purely aesthetic. The tubular breast correction surgery can help address concerns and abate anxieties, especially if you feel self-conscious during sex or about wearing bodycon and other clothes that accentuate your curves.
No. They will not go away over time or through lifestyle changes. You will need surgery to correct the condition, either through breast enlargement or fat grafting.
You may be a suitable candidate for tubular breast correction surgery if you have the physical characteristics and if the misshapen breasts bother you mentally and emotionally. Furthermore, below are some of the many symptoms of tuberous breasts that can easily be corrected through surgery, such as:
We use general anaesthesia, which helps protect the airway of the patient while ensuring the patient is comfortable during the corrective surgery.
Mild-grade deformities can be corrected by lifting the breasts and injecting fat in the lower poles of the boobs without the use of implants.
Yes. Most patients with tubular breasts require implants to fill the lower pole of the breasts. This requires both procedures to be carried out on the same surgery.
You walk and perform light activities after surgery. However, you will need to wait for at least six weeks or more before you can resume strenuous workouts and activities.
Scars from the surgery fade away over time, but they will never disappear. Please note the extent of your scarring depends on the surgical complexity. Unfortunately, it is beyond the control of your surgeon, but they can provide you with a steroid treatment like Haelan tape if you get hypertrophic/poor scars.
Women with type III tuberous boob are less successful at breastfeeding. It is because of insufficient glandular breast tissue, i.e., the tissue that produces milk.
Though the results from tubular breast correction surgery are permanent, ageing, excessive weight loss, and pregnancy can alter the appearance of the boobs over time.
At Manchester Private Hospital, every patient’s journey begins with a consultation with our experienced surgeon. You can schedule a free initial consultation with our surgeon to get started. We offer in-person and eConsultation via Zoom for added convenience. Book a consultation mode that suits you the best.
You can discuss your case and concerns regarding tubular breast correction surgery during the consultation. Our surgeon will address all your reservations to your complete satisfaction. Furthermore, our surgeon will also thoroughly examine your breasts to determine which type of tubular breast deformity you have and the best correction method in your case. Our GMC-registered surgeon will perform the following:
Our surgeon will create a customised treatment plan according to your condition. Generally speaking, the corrective surgery plan may involve the following:
So, what are you waiting for? Get started now. Schedule a free initial consultation with us for fuller breasts. For appointments, call us at 0161 507 8822. You can send us your queries to [email protected].