Having slightly asymmetrical or shapeless breasts is common and often goes unnoticed. However, for women with tubular breasts, the imperfections may be more bothersome and prominent. Tubular breast deformity causes one or both breasts to be misshapen in several ways, which tends to lead to damaged self-esteem and other emotional consequences. Fortunately, Dr. Todd B. Koch offers corrective surgery to improve the appearance of tubular breasts and restore his patients’ confidence.
Identifying Tubular Breasts
- Small, narrow breasts
- Breast asymmetry
- A high breast fold
- A short distance from the nipple to the breast fold
- Lack of fullness in the bottom pole of the breast
- Large, bulging areolas caused by herniation of underlying breast tissue
Categories of Tubular Breasts
- This is a mild degree of tubular deformity characterized by minor elevation of the medial portion of the breast.
- Type I tubular breasts may have mild to severe drooping.
- The areolas are typically enlarged.
- This is a moderate form of tubular deformity characterized by elevation of both the medial and lateral portions of the breast.
- Type II tubular breasts have minimal or no drooping.
- The areolas may have some degree of herniation.
- This is a severe level of tubular deformity characterized by elevation of the entire breast fold or lack of a fold altogether.
- Type III tubular breasts have mild to moderate drooping.
- The areolas are extremely herniated.
Correction of tubular breasts is a surgical procedure that involves altering the lower pole breast tissue to allow it to expand. An incision is created in the breast crease if the areolas do not need any alteration. If the areolas are bulging or herniated, a circumferential incision is placed around the areolas. Additionally, breast volume can be balanced with breast implants, and the breast fold is also lowered.
Before & After
How long will my tubular breast correction surgery take?
Because this surgery is more involved than a standard breast augmentation procedure, it can take anywhere from two to two and a half hours.
What kind of anesthesia is used during correction of tubular breasts?
This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. While some patients may qualify for local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, it is rarely used for this surgery.
What are the risks involved with correction of tubular breasts?
Complications during or after tubular breast correction are uncommon, but all surgeries come with risks. Some of the potential risks include:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Changes in breast sensation
How long will my results last?
The results of tubular breast correction surgery are intended to be long lasting. However, aging, genetics, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations may affect the overall appearance of the breasts over time.