What are Tuberous Breasts?

Tuberous breasts are caused when breast tissue does not proliferate properly during puberty. While this condition is not threatening to your health, it may cause emotional distress or self-consciousness to those who suffer from it. Common symptoms of this condition include:

  • Breasts are lacking in breast tissue in both vertical and horizontal directions.
  • Breasts tend to have a gap more than 1.5 inches between them.
  • The skin surrounding the nipple may look constricted.
  • The dark area of the areola may be enlarged.
  • The breasts may appear to be oval, pointed, or square-shaped.

While is it not know what exactly causes tuberous breasts, it may result from something that happens in utero. This condition usually becomes noticeable during puberty.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Tuberous Breast Surgery?

 Individuals who have tuberous breasts who would like their breasts to have a more natural shape may be able to benefit from tuberous breast surgery. Ideal candidates are generally healthy, non-smokers with realistic expectation. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is through a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons at our Tucson office.

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The breasts are a fundamental component of feminine beauty and we offer a variety of procedures to lift, enhance, or reduce the breasts. Every procedure is customized to your individual needs. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are also skilled in gynecomastia surgery for men and reconstructive surgeries for patients of all genders.


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Tuberous Breast Surgery Procedure

Tuberous breast surgery, depending on the severity may require one versus two stages to address and correct the underlying breast deformity. In mild cases, a single procedure can be performed at which time the underling constricted breast tissue is released or removed and a breast implant is placed to create the desired breast shape and volume. In more severe cases, two stages may be needed to first address the constricted tissue and place a tissue expander so that the breast tissue can be gradually stretched over time to allow for a better final implant pocket. After this the tissue expander is removed and the implant is placed. 

Recovery Process

Tuberous Breast Surgery Recovery

4-6 weeks

Following tuberous breast surgery, you may be asked to wear a special surgical bra to support your new breasts. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are normal, and will dissipate after a few weeks. As with any type of breast surgery, everyday activities will be limited for some time to ensure a complication-free recovery period. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with instructions about how to care for your incisions and properly take any pain medication that is prescribed to you. If you have any concerns or questions post-procedure, do not hesitate to contact our office.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is tuberous breast deformity?

Tuberous breasts are misshapen breasts that are caused by a congenital abnormality that restricts the normal development of the breasts during puberty.

How can I tell if I have tuberous breast deformity?

Individuals with tubular breasts often a narrow breast width, an elevated inframammary fold, enlarged areolas and a variable amount of breast tissue. Often breasts may be asymmetrical.

What type of anesthesia is used for tuberous breast surgery?

General anesthesia is most often used during tuberous breast surgery.

Can tuberous breast surgery and breast augmentation procedures be performed on the same surgery?

Yes, these two procedures can be combined to achieve improved breast balance and symmetry.

Can tuberous breast surgery with implants provide symmetrical results?

Yes, if you are experiencing asymmetrical breasts, breast implants can help to achieve a more balanced appearance.

Can tuberous breasts be corrected without the use of implants?

Tubular breasts can be corrected through breast augmentation with or without implants.

Will I have visible scars from Tuberous Breast Surgery?

As with any form of breast surgery, scarring is to be expected following tuberous breast surgery. However, over time these scars will fade and become less noticeable.

What is the recovery process?

Recovery following tuberous breast surgery is a smooth process. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for at least 6-8 weeks after surgery. Swelling and discomfort may occur, which can be controlled with pain medication. If breast implants were placed, they will take time to settle during the first 3-6 months. Be sure to follow your surgeons specific aftercare instructions.

Silvia Kurtovic, MD & Raman Mahabir, MD

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