What are tuberous breasts?
Tuberous breasts, also known as tubular breasts, are breasts that are tube-shaped rather than rounded and have a large separation between the two breasts. In addition, the areolas are usually large and there is a lack of development in the lower part. There are varying degrees of malformation.
Prognosis of the disease
Generally it is a mild anomaly, easily correctable with surgery, although it is true that sometimes there may be severe malformations that require a complete glandular remodeling.
What are the symptoms?
The characteristics of tuberous breasts are:
- Conical shape instead of rounded
- Too much separation between the two breasts
- Lack of growth or development of the lower and inner part of the breast.
- Large and dilated areolas
- Asymmetry between the two breasts
Basically, tuberous breasts can be detected by observation through symptoms such as asymmetry of both breasts, lack of growth or irregular shape of the nipple or breasts.
Causes of tuberous breasts or why they occur
The cause of tuberous breasts is due to the existence of a genetic alteration of the tissue covering the mammary gland, which presents an abnormal rigidity, preventing the breast from developing harmoniously during adolescence.
Can it be prevented?
As it is a genetic alteration, it is not possible to prevent it. However, when the patient grows and develops breasts, a surgical intervention can be performed to correct this malformation.
What does the treatment consist of?
Tuberous breast surgery is performed to correct a malformation in the breasts that causes them to have a shape similar to a tube instead of adopting a rounded shape.
The surgical technique used varies according to the case to give the breast a rounded volume and shape, placing the areola and nipple in the proper position. Generally, if it is a mild anomaly, it can be corrected with the implantation of a prosthesis, without the need to proceed to any complete glandular remodeling, as in the case of severe malformations. In these cases, the diameter of the areola would be reduced and incisions around the areola and/or the base of the breast would be required to achieve distension of the rigid area of the breast and redistribution of the gland.
What specialist treats it?
The professional in charge of treating tuberous breasts is the specialist in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery.