FAQs: Tuberous Breasts – Breast Augmentation with Breast Implants

Tuberous Breasts

What are they? What do they look like?

Tuberous Breasts

Tuberous breasts (sometimes improperly referred to as "tubular" breasts) are named for the resemblance to a tuberous plant root. They are characterized by a constriction at the base of the breast, as if someone had pulled a drawstring around the bottom of the breast.

This is a developmental "deformity" of varying severity. In the most severe cases the breast tissue is "squeezed" so tightly by the constriction at the base that it "herniates" behind the areola. Milder cases are characterized by a tight inframammary fold, often with a downward pointing nipple/areola. Augmentation alone usually will not give a good looking breast except in mild forms; usually some type of mastopexy is necessary to reduce the herniation of the tissue behind the areola and expand the base of the breast.

You can view examples of tuberous breasts in the photo gallery. Visit Dr. Ed Pechter's profile, to see patients who had correction of tuberous breasts through breast augmentation and/or mastopexy.

Be sure to read additional information about this and other special cases at Dr. DeWire's profile.

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