Breast

Tuberous Breast Correction

Introduction

Many women are not happy with the shape of their breasts. As a woman’s breasts develop, they may take a form that is unsatisfactory, potentially leading to a loss of self-confidence or lack of intimacy. Tuberous breasts may be tubular, constricted, or herniated to varying degrees; all relatively common conditions that can be easily fixed by appropriate surgical procedures. Breast aesthetics play a significant role in self-perception, so symmetry and balance are the goals when undertaking tuberous breast correction.

Tuberous breasts are often noticed with the onset of puberty. The condition is not simply one of undeveloped small breasts, as there may be underlying factors such as skin deficiency, malposition or herniation that exacerbate the appearance of the breasts. Women may exhibit one or more of these conditions, sometimes resulting in noticeable variations between both breasts. A tuberous breast correction will improve breast shape, symmetry and size.

Does a breast augmentation treat tuberous breasts?

Breast augmentation and tuberous breast correction are unrelated procedures, although both may be performed simultaneously in a breast surgery procedure. If tuberous breast deformity goes undiagnosed or unrecognised, a breast augmentation won’t adequately address the problem, leading to unsatisfactory results. The technical skill of a highly qualified, experienced surgeon, like Dr Ellis Choy, is required to appropriately address the situation and provide desirable aesthetic outcomes.

A precise balance between reshaping, areolar balancing, plus augmentation is appropriate for moderate to severe tuberous breast deformity. In other words, every tuberous breast scenario is different, and needs to be addressed accordingly. These are just some of the reasons why a qualified tuberous breast correction specialist such as Dr Ellis Choy is the right person for the job.

Tuberous breast correction procedure

A precise balance between reshaping, areolar balancing, plus augmentation is appropriate for moderate to severe tuberous breast deformity. In other words, every tuberous breast scenario is different, and needs to be addressed accordingly. These are just some of the reasons why a qualified tuberous breast correction specialist such as Dr Ellis Choy is the right person for the job.

The surgical plan is based on individual anatomy plus personal preference for the desired breast shape. The consultation can include experimenting with inserts placed in a special bra to gain insight into desired outcomes. The surgery itself is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, and takes approximately two to three hours.

A common tuberous breast correction procedure is to release constriction of the lower breast pole. This surgery assists by rounding the breast from the inside. If the tuberous breast correction is coupled with breast augmentation (implants) there are several factors to consider.

  • Your desired type of breast implant; silicone or saline
  • Placing the implant in a pocket determined by the chest muscle structure
  • Incision locations
  • Procedures for correcting asymmetry, areolar herniation or breast droop
  • A single operation or surgery carried out over several stages

Additionally, breast implants can be placed above (subglandular) or below (submuscular) the chest muscle. There are several advantages of a submuscular augmentation. These include a softening of the breast’s upper pole, increased implant coverage, long term stability and a decreased rate of contracture. Dr Choy is eminently qualified to discuss all the variables and options.

In most cases, the correction and augmentation can be carried out in a single operation. In situations where there are complex underlying issues with skin or breast tissue, several stages may be recommended. In these situations, a tissue expander (adjustable saline implant) may be temporarily fitted to expand the breast skin and tissue. Once the expander has achieved the desired breast size and shape, a permanent implant is fitted.

Recovery and after-care

As an outpatient you will be able to return home on the day of the operation. Your plan should include the services of a friend or family member to drive you home. You will initially wear a surgical bra to aid recovery, and also have drain tubes fitted to release any unwanted fluids during the first week.

It’s not uncommon for patients to resume work or regular activities after this time, although any strenuous activity, including exercise, should be delayed a little longer. During the first two weeks, your breasts may be swollen or firm, although recovery is ongoing and the size and shape of your new breasts will become fully apparent within a couple of months. Any concerns during recovery can be addressed with Dr Choy, who is with you every step of the way from consultation to operation and after-care.

The tuberous breast correction surgery cost will be determined by personal requirements, and can be discussed with Dr Choy during your in-depth consultation. Prospective patients requiring further encouragement can see the potential of their operation by viewing examples of Dr Choy’s work. Here are some tuberous breast correction before and after photos that exemplify the dramatic change possible in your appearance.