Breast Augmentation for Tubular Breasts By Oren Zvi Lerman, M.D. on September 25, 2018

Photo of a woman’s breasts in a beige braTubular breasts, also known as constricted breasts or tuberous breasts, are the result of a congenital deformity. This condition causes the breasts to appear small and distorted while the areolas appear enlarged or puffy.

Women with this condition can benefit from breast augmentation to improve the size and shape of the breasts at our Manhattan, NY plastic surgery practice.

Here, Dr. Oren Lerman explains how breast augmentation for tubular breasts can give women the contours they desire.

Common Symptoms of Tubular Breasts

Tubular breasts can have varying symptoms. However, in all cases, tubular breasts are lacking natural breast tissue in both vertical and horizontal dimensions. Typically, the area around the nipple appears collapsed or constricted while the areola appears enlarged.

Other possible symptoms include:

  • An abnormal amount of space between the breasts
  • A breast fold that is higher than normal
  • Ptosis, or sagging of the breast, in certain areas
  • A narrow breast base

There are no known fertility or pregnancy issues associated with tubular breasts. However, this condition can significantly affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed, as the milk glands may not be developed enough.

What Causes Tubular Breasts?

There is still some mystery surrounding the exact cause of tubular breasts. The condition does not become evident until puberty, but many experts believe it is connected to an event in the womb.

Tubular breasts are theoretically uncommon. Studies have reported that only one to five percent of women seeking breast augmentation have tubular breasts. However, there could be more patients with the condition that simply do not seek treatment. Therefore, the exact statistics are unknown.

Breast Augmentation for Tubular Breasts

Unlike standard breast augmentation that addresses a number of other aesthetic issues, breast augmentation for tubular breasts requires some extra steps. Because there is so little natural breast tissue, an expander is often surgically placed to stretch the tissue and make room for an implant. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia.

Once you have healed from this initial procedure, a follow-up surgery will be performed. During this procedure, the tissue expander is removed and replaced with a breast implant. Many women also choose to alter the appearance of the nipples.

At our practice, every treatment plan is customized to the needs of the patient. During your initial consultation, Dr. Lerman will help you determine which option is best for you.

Healing and Recovery

Following breast augmentation for tubular breasts, patients will need to steer clear of strenuous activities until otherwise directed by Dr. Lerman. In addition, saunas, hot tubs, swimming pools, or any other scenarios that could lead to infection, should be avoided.

Keep in mind that swelling and inflammation can linger for several weeks. This is normal and should not be a cause for concern.

Dr. Lerman will provide you with a comprehensive list of post-operative instructions. These guidelines should be followed precisely to avoid complications and enjoy a speedy recovery.

Contact Our Practice Today

If you are self-conscious about tubular breasts, schedule a consultation at our practice. Dr. Lerman can talk with you about your options and help you decide if treatment is right for you. Call our office at (212) 434-6980 or contact us online anytime.

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Dr. Oren Lerman

Oren Z. Lerman, MD

Dr. Oren Lerman performs a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures with a specialty in reconstructive breast surgery. In fact, he is the director of breast reconstruction at Lenox Hill Hospital's Institute for Comprehensive Breast Care as well as the Microvascular and Cosmetic Breast Fellowship. In addition to the hospital, Dr. Lerman is affiliated with:

  • The New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (Past President)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery (Diplomate)
  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lerman by filling out our online form or calling (212) 434-6980.

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