Tuberous Breast Correction in Beverly Hills
Women with tuberous breasts often feel a great deal of anxiety and experience self-esteem and psychological issues if the condition is left untreated. The majority of the women with this deformity go undiagnosed and are left to struggle with this condition in secret.
However, for women suffering from tuberous breasts, there is a solution.
“Having tubular breasts impacted all areas of my life: the way I dressed, the way I behaved, my relationships, confidence, and health. The list just goes on. When my doctors explained there was something wrong with my breasts, and it had a medical name, I was incredibly relieved. Actually doing something about it was an absolute joy!”
-Blogged a 20-year-old woman who underwent treatment for her conditions.
*Individual Results May Vary
Congenital breast deformity – severe tuberous breast and small breast
19-year-old female presents with a severe tuberous breast deformity on the right side and minimal breast development on the left breast. Patient had a significant self-image problem
Surgery: correction of breast deformity in 2 stages.
Stage 1 – placement of tissue expanders in both breast to expand the lower pole skin and create a pocket for breast implant
Stage 2– removal of tissue expander and placement of permanent implant silicone implants –round smooth moderate plus silicone 560 cc
What Are Tuberous Breasts?
A tuberous breast is a distinctive abnormality in breast tissue development, known in layman’s terms as a “Snoopy breast.”
This breast deformity has several key features:
- Narrow breast base
- High breast fold (inframammary fold)
- Little to no breast tissue in the bottom of the breast
- Underdeveloped breast tissue in different areas of the breast
- Protrusion of breast tissue through a tight ring around the areola(s)
- Very tight skin below the nipple
Am I a Candidate for Tuberous Breast Correction?
Tuberous breasts are often manifested at puberty during normal breast development. Therefore, candidates for tuberous breast correction have completed their breast development, are in good overall health, have realistic expectations of their results, and do not smoke.
How Are Tuberous Breasts Corrected?
Tuberous breasts can be challenging for cosmetic plastic surgeons to correct and should be handled by board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Mytien Goldberg. Tuberous breast deformity is considered breast reconstruction for congenital breast deformity. It cannot simply be corrected with breast implants.
A successful treatment for tuberous breasts depends on the correct diagnosis of the condition. Failure to recognize the condition could result in severe deformity.
Therefore, it is very important that your plastic surgeon recognizes the condition and performs the correct surgical treatment for your tuberous breasts.
Correcting tuberous breasts involves making a few easily concealable incisions. These allow Dr. Goldberg to access the tightened internal tissues that keep the breasts from appearing normal; incisions can often be made only around the areola to leave minimal scarring.
This rounds out the lower breast (inframammary) crease, allows the breast to hang more naturally, and allows space for implants or fat injection obtained from the abdomen, lower back, or flanks.
Tuberous breast correction is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Usually, this surgery takes between three and four hours to complete.
Severe Tuberous Breast
In the most severe cases, the breast is tubular with a very constricted base, a very tight skin envelope, and minimal breast tissue.
In these cases, correction requires two surgeries to alter the abnormal high breast crease, release the tight constriction ring around the nipple-areolar complex, rearrange the breast tissue, and expand the skin envelope in the inferior pole.
In the first surgery, an incision is made around the nipple-areolar complex. The constriction ring is released, the high breast crease is lowered, and a tissue expander is placed beneath the breast tissue to expand the skin envelope.
After two weeks, Dr. Goldberg will slowly fill the tissue expander with saline (which can be done weekly in the office).
After four to six weeks of expansion, you will return for stage two of the reconstruction. Stage two involves the removal of the tissue expander and placement of a permanent implant.
During the expansion process, you can choose the final breast size you desire.
Mild Tuberous Breasts
For a mild tuberous breast deformity, the reconstruction can be managed in a single stage. The whole procedure needs to be done meticulously to prevent secondary deformity, such as double bubble deformity.
What Is Recovery Like After Tuberous Breast Correction?
Patients will need plenty of bed rest for the next several days. Tuberous breast correction patients can return to work or school after one week and more strenuous activities after three to four weeks.
In a one-stage reconstruction, the patient should expect bruising, swelling, and some pain. Patients may require surgical drains for one to two days.
When Will I See Results From My Tuberous Breast Correction?
Full results will only be apparent after healing and recovery, which will take several months. Results should be permanent.
Do You Suffer Discomfort or Insecurities From Your Tuberous Breasts? Dr. Mytien Goldberg Can Help
Dr. Goldberg takes great care and attention with each patient. Dr. Goldberg believes that a well-informed patient is empowered to make the right decisions for her body.
Although the surgical procedure for tuberous breasts is technically challenging, Dr. Goldberg enjoys performing the procedure because of the complete change it can bring about in a woman’s confidence and self-image.Request an Appointment