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Tuberous Breast Correction Sydney NSW

Tuberous breasts correction surgery offers patients the chance to change the shape of their tuberous breast

Tuberous breasts are often characterised by underdeveloped, conical-shaped breasts or enlarged nipples.

Tuberous or tubular breasts are a fairly common congenital deformity of the breasts and nipples. Patients may be concerned about their breasts appearing small, square-shaped, uneven, or far apart from one another.

Dr Jeremy Hunt is an experienced plastic surgeon in Sydney offering tuberous breast correction. His techniques include breast augmentation mammoplasty, breast lift mastopexy, fat transfer, and surgical reconstruction techniques to help address tuberous breast deformity.

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

  • Enlarged nipples
  • Constricted or abnormally shaped breasts
  • Under-developed breasts

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The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.

What Do Tuberous Breasts Look Like?

Tuberous breasts commonly have the following features:

  • A constricted areola (pigmented skin around the nipple)
  • Conical-shaped nipples
  • Small breasts
  • Uneven breasts (breast asymmetry)
  • High inframammary fold
  • Narrow base
  • Lack of lower pole development

The cause of tubular 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, possibly causing the abnormal nipple appearance.

What Is Tuberous Breast Surgery?

Tuberous breast correction surgery is a specific type of plastic surgery to treat tuberal breast deformity. It can involve a wide variety of procedures to reconstruct the breasts and adjust their shape or size to suit the patient’s body frame and preferences. Sometimes, the surgery may require 2 separate procedures.

Since tuberal breasts can manifest with a variety of features, Dr Hunt usually combines several reconstructive techniques to address 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 (augmentation mammoplasty), nipple reconstruction, and mastopexy might also be performed depending on the natural shape of your breasts as well as your desired appearance.

Why Patients Might Consider Tuberous Breast Surgery

A person may opt for this procedure for a number of different reasons. Some of these include:

  • A fuller breast appearance
  • Treatment of conical-shaped nipples and breasts
  • Improvement of breast symmetry
  • A more desired shape and size

Keep in mind that results are not a guarantee, and potential patients should always seek the professional advice of a surgeon such as Dr Hunt.

Different Types of Tuberous Breast Surgery

Tuberous breasts have many different features. Hence, there’s no single standard surgery to fix the 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 when correcting 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 aims to release the fibrous bands in the effort to create the desired breast and nipple shape.

Surgery options

Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty With Implants

Implants are usually necessary during surgery for tuberous breasts. If your breasts are uneven, Dr. Hunt might use two implants of different sizes. The exact implants used in your case will be discussed in your consultation.

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 Mammoplasty With Fat Grafting

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

In fat grafting, Dr Hunt injects your own excess body fat into the breasts in strategic areas where the patient desires more volume. The fat is collected by liposuction from the hips, buttocks, abdomen, or thighs. It is then purified and injected into the breasts.

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 may not be enough room to directly put in implants. 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 to slowly stretch the skin 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 in breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery.

Tuberous Breast Surgery Aftercare

To help your 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 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. Dr Hunt will prescribe a couple of painkillers to help 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. However, you will likely 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. It is therefore 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.

Risks and Complications

Tuberous breast correction often produces successful results. Nevertheless, there are some risks and side effects that can complicate recovery. It is important to be aware of these risks before you make your decision about whether to undergo surgery.

The risks of tuberous breast surgery include:

  • 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
  • Further surgery

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Cosmetic Breast Surgery Guide

A 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 a good candidate, to pre-surgery planning answers to the most frequently asked questions received from real-life patients.

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 multi-faceted. There are several factors that go into determining the cost of tuberous breast correction. Costs change depending on what kind of surgery you get, where you get your surgery, and what exactly you want done.

During your breast surgery 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 and support.

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

If you meet certain strict criteria, 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.

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With over 20 years of experience as a plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt aims to provide patient-tailored procedure outcomes using different 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 past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt.

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How do I know if I have a tubular breasts?

Hypoplastic breasts are underdeveloped breasts. If you have breast hypoplasia with tubular deformity then you might have enlarged nipples, conical-shaped breasts, small breasts, or breasts that appear far apart. If you are unsure whether you have this tubular breasts, you can clarify this by speaking to a trained surgeon.

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 mammoplasty patients have tuberous breasts.

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 enlarged 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.

Can tuberous breasts be fixed?

Tuberous breasts cannot normally be corrected without surgery. You can either get a 1-stage or 2-stage procedure. Breast augmentation mammoplasty (implants), skin expanders, fat grafting, and surgical reconstruction might be involved.

Can tubular breasts be corrected without implants?

Yes. However, augmentation mammoplasty (insertion of implants) is usually required to achieve the patient’s desired breast shape.

Can women with tuberous breasts breastfeed?

In most cases, the milk glands are underdeveloped in patients with tubular breast deformity. This means many women with tuberous breasts may have trouble breastfeeding.

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.

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. 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.

Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.

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