Tuberous Breast Correction Sydney NSW

Tuberous breasts correction surgery offers patients with puffy or underdeveloped tuberous breasts the chance to have full-sized, perky breasts

Do you have under developed, conical-shaped breasts or puffy nipples? You might have a condition called Tuberous or Tubular Breasts

Tuberous or tubular breasts are a fairly common congenital deformity of the breasts and nipples. The nipples appear puffy and pointy, and the breasts are small, square-shaped, uneven, and maybe too far apart from one another.

Dr Jeremy Hunt is one of the top plastic surgeons in Sydney offering tuberous breast correction. His techniques include breast augmentation, breast implants, fat transfer, and surgical reconstruction techniques to help fix tuberous breast deformity.

If any of the following breast issues concern you, contact Dr Hunt to discuss your options:

  • Puffy Nipples or Pointy Breasts
  • Constricted or Conical Shaped Breasts
  • Under-developed Breasts

If you are unhappy with your breasts, Dr Hunt can help you achieve the results you desire.

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What Do Tuberous Breasts Look Like?

Tuberous breasts commonly have the following features:

  • A constricted areola (pigmented skin around the nipple)
  • Pointy nipples
  • Small breasts
  • Uneven breasts (breast asymmetry)
  • Snoopy breast appearance
  • Shelf-like breasts
  • Square-shaped breasts
  • The breasts are too far away from each other

The cause of tubular or ‘ snoopy breasts ‘ is not completely understood. It is thought to result from an error in breast tissue growth during fetal development. Constrictive fibrous bands form around the nipples, causing the tight puffy nipple appearance.

A lot of women with tuberous breasts might not know that they have the deformity. Some are ashamed to seek help or think that there’s no way to fix tuberous breasts. However, this is incorrect.

Tuberous breast reconstruction is offered by highly experienced plastic surgeons, like Dr. Hunt, to successfully fix the deformity.

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What Is Tuberous Breast Surgery?

Tuberous breasts correction surgery is a niche type of plastic surgery to treat tuberal breast deformity. It can involve a wide variety of procedures to reconstruct the breasts, make them bigger, rounder, fuller, and reshape the nipples and areolas to make them less pointy.

Surgery to fix tuberous breasts is not a simple breast augmentation procedure. It is much more complex and sometimes includes 2 separate procedures.

Since tuberal breasts can manifest with a variety of features, Dr. Hunt usually combines several reconstructive techniques to fix tuberous breasts. He usually releases the constrictive bands during the first surgery and then augments the breasts during a second surgery.

Fat grafting, skin expanders, breast implants, nipple reconstruction, and mastopexy might also be done depending on how your breasts look.


Benefits of Tuberous Breast Surgery

The advantages and benefits of Tubular breast reconstruction surgery make it very much worth it. Here are just some of the benefits it offers:

  • Augments your breasts and gives them a full appearance
  • Fixes pointy nipples and makes them align perfectly with your breasts
  • Fixes breast asymmetry (uneven breasts)
  • Improves your cleavage and pulls your breasts closer together
  • Boosts your self-confidence
  • You’ll be more comfortable showing cleavage
  • You’ll be more comfortable wearing a swimsuit
  • You’ll be more confident in the bedroom

Unfortunately, many women with tuberous breasts avoid medical consultation out of shame.

You need to know that you’re not alone in this. Many other women have the same breast deformity and Dr Jeremy Hunt is highly trained in treating it.

Different Types of Tuberous Breast Surgery

Tuberous breasts have many different features. Hence, there’s no single standard surgery to fix the Tubular deformity. Instead, Dr. Hunt will perform a customised combination of techniques depending on what your breasts need.

1 or 2 Step Surgery for Tuberous Breasts

Regardless of the techniques used, tuberous breast surgery is either done with a 1-step or 2-step approach:

  • 1-step tuberous breast correction: This is when tuberous breast reconstruction is done all in one surgery, without the need for a second surgery. Sometimes, it is possible to release the constrictive fibrous bands around the nipples and reshape the breasts and nipples all within the same surgery.
  • 2-step tuberous breast correction: This is when tuberous breasts are fixed in 2 separate operations. During the first corrective procedure, Dr. Hunt releases all the constrictive tissue from around the nipple. He inserts a skin expander to stretch your breast skin in preparation for your second surgery. After weeks to months, a second surgery will be done to augment the breasts and give them their final form.

Here are some of the surgical techniques that Dr. Hunt might utilize to fix a tuberous breast deformity:

Surgical Reconstruction

This is usually a standard part of any tuberous breast treatment. After performing a breast skin incision, Dr. Hunt will identify the tough circular fibrous bands constricting your nipples. He will use cautery and surgical scissors to cut these bands and loosen the nipples. This restores a smooth contour between your nipples, areolas, and the rest of your breast – no more pointy, snoopy, or puffy nipples.

Surgery options

Breast Augmentation With Implants

Implants are usually necessary to fix tuberous breasts. They will make your breasts larger, fix asymmetry, fill your cleavage, and bring your breasts closer together. If your breasts are uneven, Dr. Hunt might use two implants of different sizes. This will enlarge your breasts and bring them to almost equal size and shape.

Although in most cases implants are needed to reconstruct tuberous breasts, it’s not always the case. In some patients, tuberous breast correction can be done without breast implants. Surgical reconstruction alone might be enough or augmentation can be done without implants (e.g with fat injections).

Breast Augmentation With Fat Grafting

Fat grafting can be done as a part of tuberous breast reconstruction. Also called autologous fat transfer, or fat injection, the breast augmentation technique helps avoid the use of implants in Tubular breast surgery.

In fat grafting, Dr. Hunt injects your own excess body fat into the breasts to fix asymmetry, enlarge the breasts, and pump up strategic parts (like the cleavage). The fat is collected by liposuction from the hips, buttocks, abdomen, or thighs. It’s then purified and injected into the breasts to fix the tuberous appearance.

Use of Breast Tissue Expanders

This is a technique used in the 2-step tuberous breast correction. Since tuberous breasts are usually hypoplastic (underdeveloped), there’s usually no room to directly put in implants. There’s just not enough skin and tissue to cover them. In such cases, a breast tissue expander is implanted during the first surgery. Then it will be gradually inflated by Dr. Hunt over a period of months or weeks. This will stretch your skin and slowly increase the volume of your breasts. Once your breasts are large enough, you’re ready for your second surgery. In the second tuberous breast correction procedure, the expanders are removed, and permanent breast implants are inserted.

Tuberous Breast Surgery Aftercare

To ensure a fast and smooth recovery after tuberous breast surgery, we’ve put together some aftercare tips and home remedies that can help:

  • You can leave your surgical wounds without a dressing as of 2-3 days after your surgery.
  • You can shower as of the second day after your surgery
  • When you shower, make sure to gently tap the wounds dry with a clean cloth
  • Wear your surgical bra for at least 4-6 weeks after tuberous breast correction. You should wear the bra day and night to reduce swelling and allow your breasts to properly heal.
  • Use ice packs to reduce swelling and bruising after tuberous breast reconstruction.
  • Sleep on your back for 4-6 weeks after Tubular breast surgery. This will help reduce swelling and prevent any accidental trauma as you sleep.
  • Give your breasts time to heal. Do not try to skip recovery steps and start getting involved in sports and strenuous activities before you are fully recovered.
  • Take your pain meds as needed. There’s no need to feel pain after tuberous breast reconstruction. Dr. Hunt will prescribe a couple of painkillers to keep you comfortable as you recover.

Recovery After Tuberous Breast Surgery

Recovery after Tubular breast correction depends on the type of procedure that was performed. More extensive procedures that involve more surgical manipulation will need more recovery time.

In general, you can expect 4-6 weeks for full recovery after tuberous breast reconstruction. However, you’ll be able to gradually resume normal activities earlier than that.

You might experience pain, swelling, and bruising in the breasts after the procedure. The symptoms are usually worse during the first week. This is why it’s recommended that you stay home and recover for 7-10 days after your tuberous breast correction surgery.

As of the second week, the symptoms will gradually improve, and by the end of the first-month post-op, most of the symptoms should disappear.

Expect to be asked to wear a surgical bra after tuberous breast correction. You might also be instructed to sleep exclusively on your back during recovery.

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Cosmetic Breast Surgery Guide

The ultimate Cosmetic Breast Surgery Guide has been created by Dr Hunt and his team as a useful tool to help you plan and consider this procedure.

Throughout the guide, we will discuss the ins and outs of different types of Breast Surgery, from what makes an ideal candidate, to pre-surgery planning answers to the most frequently asked questions received from real-life patients.

Tuberous Breast Surgery Costs Sydney - How much does tuberous breast surgery cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees

The cost of Tuberous Breast Surgery in Sydney, Australia varies for each patient depending on the type of procedure, the results you want and the time required in theatre.

Determining the price for tuberous breast surgery is a little complicated. There are several factors that go into determining the cost of tuberous breast correction. Costs change depending on what kind of surgery you get if you get a 1-stage or 2-stage approach, where you get your surgery, and what exactly you want done.

During your breast consultation, Dr Hunt will review your medical history, perform a comprehensive assessment of your breast and body features, discuss risks and provide you with an accurate cost for your tubular breast surgery procedure. Your total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support.

Is tubular breast deformity covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

If you meet certain strict criteria regarding breast asymmetry, you might be eligible for a partial rebate by medicare or health insurance subsidy for Tubular breast correction.

You can also learn more about possible Medicare & Health Fund coverage, a Tuberous Breast Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for tuberous breast surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Is Tuberous Breast Surgery Worth It?

Having tuberous breast surgery is definitely worth it. Tuberous breasts tend to cause our patients feelings of shame, decreased self-confidence, and social isolation due to a negative body image.

Having tuberous breast correction surgery should be nothing short of life-changing. It will make you confident of your body and will give you breasts that look just like you want them to.

You can check online reviews by patients on different online forums sharing their experiences after having tuberous breasts reconstruction.

Take the next step today

With over 20 years of experience as a facial plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt has built a reputation in Sydney for his ability to get the best results using the most innovative surgical techniques.

Dr Hunt prides himself on the level of care and attention he offers and that begins from the day of first consultation.

Join the thousands of happy past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt at your earliest convenience.

Dr. Jeremy Hunt prides himself on providing some of the best Tuberous Breast Surgery Sydney has to offer.

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Take the next step to your new breasts today

Dr Hunt has performed hundreds of breast surgeries on women of all ages, from enlargements and reductions to lifts and breast reconstructions, but the end result is always the same – increased confidence and big smiles. Most women say it is the best thing they’ve ever done for themselves.

Book your personal consultation today to see many more of Dr Hunt’s breast augmentation success stories and discuss what he can achieve for your breasts.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.


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How do I know if I have a tubular breast?


Hypoplastic breasts are underdeveloped breasts. If you have breast hypoplasia with Tubular deformity then you will have puffy nipples, pointy breasts, small breasts, breasts will be too far apart, and will have a snoopy look.


Are tubular breasts common?


Tuberous breast deformity is not common, but it’s not rare either. It is estimated that around 50% of breast augmentation patients have tuberous breasts. Now, this is not the percentage in the general population, but it gives you an idea about how common the deformity is.

What is Snoopy breast?


Snoopy breast is a name given to tuberous breasts. Other names include pointy breasts, shelf-like breasts, and square-shaped breasts.

Why do I have puffy nipples?


Doctors don’t fully understand the mechanism that leads to tuberous breasts. What we do know is that tuberous breasts are a result of a malformation problem during fetal development. The breast tissue fails to develop and grow normally, and constrictive fibrous bands form around the nipples giving them their pointy appearance.

Can tuberous breasts be fixed?


Yes. There are several surgical options to fix tuberous breasts. You can either get a 1-stage or 2-stage procedure. Breast augmentation, implants, skin expanders, fat grafting, and surgical reconstruction might be involved.





Can tubular breasts be corrected without implants?


Yes, however, an implant is usually needed. Since the breasts are underdeveloped, the breasts usually cannot be enlarged enough without implants.

Can tuberous breasts produce milk?


In most cases, the milk glands are underdeveloped in patients with Tubular breast deformity. This means that there’s little chance that you can breastfeed if you have tuberous breasts.

When do breasts stop growing?


On average, female breasts stop growing at the age of 18. In some women, breasts might stop developing earlier by 17 years. In others, the breasts might continue growing into the early twenties.

Does PCOS cause tubular breasts?


Polycystic ovary syndrome does not directly cause tuberous breasts. Nevertheless, the two might have a link to each other. The genetic mutations causing PCOS might also play a role in the development of Tubular breast deformity.

What are Risks and Complications of Tuberous Breast Surgery


Tuberous breast correction is regarded as a safe procedure. Nevertheless, there are some risks and side effects that might  rarely complicate recovery:

  • Wound infection
  • Seroma (fluid collection)
  • Hematoma (blood collection)
  • Implant rupture (expander or permanent implant)
  • Capsular contracture – a long term complication of breast implants
  • Implant malposition or malrotation
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Inability to breastfeed
  • Loss of nipple sensation

Again, most of these complications are usually rare. However, you can reduce the risks by choosing a plastic surgeon experienced in treating tuberous breast deformity, like Dr. Hunt. Dr. Hunt has been performing tuberous breast correction in Sydney for over 20 years and has developed his own techniques to improve results and reduce risks.


About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.