Tuberous breast: how to treat it

What are tuberous breasts? A tuberous or tubular breast is a breast malformation that can affect one or both breasts in women. It is characterized by the fact that the breast tissue does not develop properly in the lower portion of the breast and by the narrowing of the mammary sulcus, which may even be non-existent. Although no known cause has been identified, it is a malformation that affects the patient psychologically.

Diagnosis of tuberous breast

Before performing a surgical intervention on the breasts it is important to correctly diagnose this malformation. How to identify a tuberous breast is really important. If for some reason this deformity goes unnoticed in the previous examinations and controls, the result of the surgery would be inadequate in all cases.

When talking about tubular breast problems, some of the following symptoms are usually pointed out, which are important to diagnose and identify the breast problem.

  • Insufficient development of breast tissue in the lower pole.
  • Narrowing of the submammary fold.
  • Tubular shape (“reminiscent of a tubercle”) of the breast.

Tuberous breast operation

In order to correctly treat the tuberous breast, it is necessary to know the proportions of the ideal breast from the aesthetic point of view, as well as to treat specifically the “morphological problems” of this breast deformity. Therefore, before breast surgery, it is necessary to plan or devise what a priori would be the final result.

  • Before specifically reconstructing the submammary fold, lowering and repositioning it, so that the lower quadrants can be filled, which in this type of breast are always deficient.
  • Afterwards, a correct treatment of the mammary gland must be performed by making sections of the mammary gland so that it “expands” once the implant is placed.
  • In tuberous breasts the use of anatomical implants is mandatory. The subpectoral location is used, freeing it completely from the submammary fold and the mammary gland (dual plane II-III).
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Finally, all the stigmata of the tubular shape of the nipple-areola complex must be removed.

Before and after reconstruction of a tuberous breast

The objectives of reconstructive surgery of a tuberous breast are the following:

  • Eliminate the conical shape of the breast and make it more rounded.
  • To provide additional volume to the areas of the breast that lack it.
  • Correct or reduce the appearance of the areola.

When it comes to giving volume to the breast, breast implants or fat grafting of the patient’s own fat can be used. In the case of asymmetrical breasts, prostheses of different sizes or different fat transfers are used to obtain the desired symmetry.

Postoperative recovery is simple and pleasant,

For more information consult with a specialist in plastic surgery.