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What are tubular or tuberous breasts?

Tubular breasts, as the name suggests, have the appearance of a tube. They are shaped like a narrow cone, with a small, constricted base, tubular skin envelope and prominent large nipples and areola. This condition can affect one breast (unilateral) or both breasts (bilateral).

Early growth of the breasts is limited and this results in unusually shaped, small or drooping and uneven breasts. Tubular breasts are also known as tuberous breasts, areola hernia or hypoplasia to breasts.

Do I have tubular breasts?

Tubular breasts are fairly common. Women with this condition find that their breasts are more conical than round in shape. This condition occurs during puberty and mainly affects young women.

There is nothing medically wrong with tubular breasts, but they can cause a woman to feel self-conscious about her body and have a negative impact on her mental health. Anyone who feels this way should consider making an appointment with one of our experts at the Cadogan Clinic to discuss the options available.

What are the causes of tubular breasts?

Some doctors believe that tubular breasts results from something that happens whilst still in the womb, but it is not really known what causes the condition.

Tubular breasts don’t become clear until puberty. Often insufficient breast tissue develops during puberty and in virtually all cases of tubular breasts, the ring of tissue that connects the areola to the rest of the breast isn’t shaped the way it needs to be. This leads to what can be described as a “droopy” appearance.

Can tuberous breasts be fixed?

The only treatment for tuberous or tubular breasts is surgery. Here at the Cadogan Clinic, we can effectively treat tubular breasts via breast enlargement surgery. The procedure is quick, safe and effective and can help restore body confidence.

What is tuberous breast correction?

Breast augmentation (also known as breast enlargement) involves the insertion of a silicone breast implant into the body, or fat graft, in order to change the size, shape and texture of the breast.

During a pre-operative assessment at the Cadogan Clinic, a consultant will measure key areas of the breast and chest and make note of nipple position, skin tissue quality and laxity. A decision will then be made on the shape of the implant to use, which will depend on what the patient would like to achieve through this surgery. A visualisation of what outcome they can expect will be made via Crysalix 4D imaging technology used at the Cadogan Clinic.

We also offer advanced fat transfer breast enlargement procedures. For this treatment, fat is injected into the breast in order to achieve more natural breast contours. This can be performed in conjunction with breast implants or as standalone breast augmentation surgery.

Breast augmentation recovery time is relatively swift and after one week patients will be well enough to return to work. This may take longer if they have a particularly active occupation.

A compression garment will have to be worn for a minimum of six weeks to ensure the best results.

This is a common, straightforward procedure and our specialist surgeons here at the Cadogan Clinic have performed this operation thousands of times over the years.

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