Dr Tavakoli has developed a large practice specialising in Tuberous Breast Correction in Sydney.
Dr Tavakoli’s precision and experience makes him Australia’s leading surgeon for corrective breast procedures.
Tuberous breast deformity (also known as snoopy, cone-shaped or constricted base) is a congenital condition where the breast tissue does not completely develop during puberty. This results in a deformed breast shape and can create severe breast asymmetry. The Tuberous condition affects young women in both breasts or seldom unilaterally, and can cause significant psychological stresses.
Tuberous breasts develop in an unusual shape and in 90% of cases are invariably asymmetrical in size. Those with tuberous breasts may notice physical traits such as large/ puffy or pointy areolas, a very wide cleavage, depleted breast tissue, and the shape of the breast can appear narrow, sagging or tubular. Pregnancy and rapid weight loss can convert mildly tuberous breasts to severely tuberous breasts.
The Tuberous deformity is characterised by a constricting ring of tissue at the base of the breast. This leads to deficient horizontal and vertical development of the breast, with or without herniation of the breast tissue toward the nipple-areola complex, and areola enlargement.
Tuberous breasts can be classified into several grades including mild, moderate and severe grades. Mild forms of tuberous can be very common in women.
The Von Heimburg classification describes 4 grades of Tuberous breasts:
- Grade 1: hypoplasia (depletion) of the lower medial quadrant
- Grade 2: hypoplasia of both lower quadrants with adequate areolar skin
- Grade 3: hypoplasia of both lower quadrants with limited areolar skin
- Grade 4: hypoplasia of all quadrants.
The surgical correction of tuberous breast deformity is quite complex. Treatment options must be presented with emphasis on improvement in results and not achieving “perfection”.
Dr Tavakoli uses a number of different techniques to correct Tuberous Breasts including the following:
- Fat Grafting only
- Fat Grafting with Implants (for mild forms of Tuberous)
- Benelli Breast Lift plus Fat Grafting with Implants
- Lollypop Breast Lift plus Fat Grafting with Implants
The Breast Lift procedure enables Dr Tavakoli to reconstruct and contour the breast to achieve a natural shape in all breast quadrants. Dr Tavakoli will relocate the nipple to create symmetry in nipple size and placement.
In most cases Dr Tavakoli will use Fat Grafting at the time of surgery, or 6-12 months post-operatively to complete the transformation. The patient’s own fat is injected into the breast to shape and contour areas of uneven or depleted breast tissue, and create symmetry and upper/ lower pole curvature.