The size, shape, and overall proportion of a woman’s breasts play an extraordinary role in her sense of confidence and femininity. The nuanced details of these characteristics become apparent during adolescence. When the breasts develop in a tuberous (tube-like) fashion, a young woman’s sense of self-esteem may be profoundly influenced. Tuberous breasts aren’t just small breast and they aren’t always asymmetrical, either. This issue is actually a deformity that constricts breast tissue into a narrow field. The breasts may be particularly underdeveloped and the nipples and areola may appear overly-pronounced and puffy. The characteristics of tuberous breasts are unique in each situation and may occur in combination.
What Causes Tuberous Breasts?
Tuberous breasts are a congenital anomaly that is not physically obvious until breast development occurs during adolescence. It is not clear what the exact etiology of tuberous breasts is, only that there may be a genetic predisposition. Even this is nothing more than theory, though. What is known is that the tissue-ring around the areola of tuberous breasts is constricted and that the connective tissue support around the areola is insufficient for proper breast development.
Is Breast Augmentation the Answer?
Women with tuberous breasts may understandably seek an appropriate measure of correction. In many cases, the assumption is that breast augmentation is the solution to the asymmetry and deformity that have occurred. While it is common to incorporate breast implants into the corrective process, there are also particular maneuvers that may also be involved to achieve the most natural and consistent outcome. An experienced plastic surgeon recognizes the hallmarks of tuberous breasts and approaches augmentation with the intent of balancing the position and size of the areolae and reshaping the breasts, so the tubular deformity is corrected.
No two breast procedures are exactly alike, especially when the problem is tuberous breasts. As an esteemed, double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Shah has a comprehensive understanding of the nuances of the physical form. For more information on breast enhancement surgery to correct tuberous deformity, asymmetry, and other concerns, call our Henderson, NV office at 702-684-5502.