Published August 17, 2014

Fixing up Tuberous Breasts

Do you have an issue with Tuberous breasts and looking to get it fixed but not really sure if going under the knife is really such a good idea? A number of women interested in tubular breast surgery do want the procedure but admit feeling bad about the decision and terrified about the thought of going under the knife.  If there was ever a list of issues that can make women who are firmly against any kind of plastic surgery done rethink their decision, a tuberous breast deformity would surely be at the top of that list.


Coined to the fact that the condition makes the breast look like a narrow tube, Tuberous breast occurs when the base of the breast is smaller than normal and causes the breast tissue to constrict forward hindering its normal development. Women affected by tuberous breast often have oversize areolas (nipples) as well. Needless to say, the condition certainly makes for an unpleasant appearance on the breast and it’s easy to see why people often refer to it as “Snoopy breasts”. Snoopy is an adorable cartoon character but you certainly don’t want a breast that resembles him!


What can tubular breast surgery do for you?

In many cases, a Tuberous breast correction can be a lot more complex and involves a lot more than the use of breast implants. A breast surgeon would have to create delicate incisions in order to alleviate the constriction of the breast tissue while expanding the base of the breast. The breast pocket would also typically require enlargement in order to fit the breast implant.


Most women with Tuberous breasts also have breast tissues that are fairly scant so requiring breast implants to be inserted right under the chest muscle for the best results. Women with Tuberous breasts often agree that the condition is serious enough to affect their confidence and self-esteem. Many often go to extreme lengths to hide it from their significant other or shy away from being intimate altogether. Such reasons are certainly enough for women to consider surgery as an option regardless of the problem area involved.


Ultimately being happy and confident about your appearance is the key and if you have Tuberous breast and are not the least concerned about it then that’s great! However if the condition is causing you great distress and embarrassment, know that there is certainly something that you can do about it. Now if you’re looking for yet another reason to validate your decision to go under the knife, consider the fact that tuberous breast is considered to be an actual deformity. A deformity is defined as anything that is “abnormal” and deviates from the body’s natural development. Wouldn’t surgery be the best solution to deformities such as webbed fingers or a cleft palate? Although breast surgery might seem shallow for many people, self-image is certainly what matters and there’s really nothing wrong about seeking out a surgical solution for the problem of tuberous breasts!

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an internationally renowned Australian trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society (ISAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is considered a world leader in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the word on these topics.