Tuberous, or “tubular”, breasts occur when breast tissue does not develop properly during puberty. As such, tuberous breasts do not become apparent until adolescence when the breasts begin to take on their adult form.
Diagnosis of tuberous breasts is based on the appearance of the breast. The following are features of tuberous breasts:
- Elongated and cylindrical shape of the breast
- Herniation of breast tissue into the areola
- Constricted breast with narrow width
- Enlarged areola
- Underdeveloped breast
- Asymmetry of breast
Tuberous breasts can be improved with Plastic Surgery. One of the most common procedures to correct tuberous breasts is implant placement with a breast lift (augmentation mastopexy). In cases of tuberous breasts with abnormally large areolas, surgical reduction of the overall size of the areolas can be performed.