Tubular breasts appear droopy or elongated. They may also have large protruding nipples or sizable areolas. This condition is sometimes referred to as breast hypoplasia, and while it does not pose a health risk, it can be a source of self-consciousness for many patients.
Fortunately, Dr. Brian Burns performs breast augmentation for tubular breasts at our Victoria, TX plastic surgery practice. Breast augmentation can effectively improve the size and shape of tubular breasts.
Symptoms of Tubular Breasts
Simply stated, tubular breasts lack tissue in both horizontal and vertical directions. Often, the area around the nipple appears constricted or collapsed, and the areola may be large. Rather than a round appearance, tubular breasts tend to be pointed, oval-, or square-shaped and are often asymmetrical.
This condition can occur in both men and women, and becomes apparent during puberty.
What Causes Tubular Breasts?
To date, there is no known cause of tubular breasts. Although one research study suggested a genetic component when twin brothers both developed the condition, experts have not yet confirmed this theory.
Some doctors believe that tubular breasts are the result of excess collagen in the fascia. This could lead to abnormal gland development and consequently, misshapen breasts. Most experts agree, however, that tubular breasts are the result of something that happens in the womb.
Are There Risk Factors?
As aforementioned, tubular breasts do not pose any known health risk. However, the condition can have damaging effects on patients’ self esteem. Those with one or two misshapen breasts can have anxiety in social situations with friends and romantic partners.
Therefore, correcting tubular breasts can help patients become self-assured and give them more confidence.
Breast Augmentation for Tubular Breasts
Breast augmentation can be performed to address a variety of breast shapes, including tubular breasts. The steps involved in this process include:
- Anesthesia: Breast augmentation surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. The patient will be completely unaware during the procedure, and all involuntary muscle movements will cease until the treatment is complete.
- Incisions: To begin, your doctor will create an incision. The location and type of incision will depend on your particular case. However, in many instances, it runs from the areola to the bottom of the breast, where it meets the chest wall.
- Breast implants: After preparing the sites, breast implants will be placed. These can be fully customized to fit the patient’s aesthetic preferences. If necessary, your surgeon may reduce the size of the areola for a more natural-looking appearance.
- Stitches: Once the surgery is complete, the incisions are closed with surgical sutures.
- Drains and bandages: Your doctor may place surgical drains in the incisions to reduce swelling and inflammation. You will most likely be fitted for a compression bra as well, which should be worn to support the tissues and promote healing.
Contact South Texas Plastic Surgery
Do you have tubular breasts? If so, breast augmentation can enhance your appearance and boost your confidence. To learn more about this procedure, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Burns, contact us online or call our office at 361-576-1975.