Do I Have Tubular Breasts?

Tubular breasts are typically longer and more narrow shaped breast with a nipple/areola area that may look pointed, puffy and seems to point downward or is too close to the breast crease. Women with tubular breast condition are commonly embarrassed and unhappy with the shape and asymmetry of their breasts.

Tubular breast develop during puberty and do not improve over time, with weight gain or loss. Sometimes your pediatrician may recognize that you have a tubular breast and refer you to a plastic surgeon for evaluation. It is not considered an inherited condition, and most times a mother will come in with her daughter who has asymmetric shaped breast and have no prior knowledge that this existed or was of concern to their daughter.

Tubular breast may contribute to clothing that doesn’t look good, difficulty wearing swimwear, and bras don’t fit right and are uncomfortable. Young women, especially, realize their breasts are “different” which causes them embarrassment and sometimes peer ridicule.

Tubular breasts are typically small, asymmetric, not round, tight, constricted (meaning the base of the breast where it attaches to your chest is similar to the end -connical) and the skin between the nipple and crease is short or tight. The nipple is often close to the crease, the areola may be “puffy” and seem too large for the breast, and there is almost always asymmetry. This condition is NOT associated with a health risk.

The breasts may develop as tubular during puberty and become more pronounced later in life following pregnancy, breast-feeding or weight changes. Regardless of when tubular breasts develop…women of all ages and stages come to Dr. Rudderman seeking options to correct this unwelcome condition and to create breasts that look normal, healthy and are aesthetically pleasing.

Dr. Rudderman understands your concerns, is sensitive to your needs and offers only safe, reliable options, with predictable outcomes, to achieve normal balance, enhanced self-esteem, and a pleasing appearance.

How Women Benefit from the Procedure

There are several procedures to treat Tubular Breast condition and restore or create symmetry and a pleasing shape. They can achieve the following:

  • Tubular Breast Correction changes the shape from tight to round
  • Nipple/Areolar shape becomes flatter & less projected
  • Tubular Breast Correction repositions the nipple to center it
  • Tubular Breast Surgery corrects asymmetry & creates balance
  • Breast Augmentation improves volume & contour
  • Your look in clothing is improved by Tubular Breast Correction
    Bras, Bathing Suits, Sundresses fit better after Tubular Breast Correction
  • Tubular Breast Correction eliminates embarrassment
  • Self Esteem/Confidence is boosted by Tubular Breast Correction
  • Results are visible immediately & keep improving over time after Tubular Breast Correction

Dr. Rudderman is a reconstructive plastic surgeon. He has performed hundreds of Tubular Breast Correction procedures with minimal scarring…and wonderful, natural-looking results.

Good Candidates for Correction

Do you have one or more of the following concerns?

  • Long and/or tubular shape looking breasts
  • Nipple and areola area that is puffy, prominent & points downward
  • Breasts that never filled out correctly
  • Your breasts are not balanced causing asymmetry
  • Nipples and areolas that look significantly different from each other
  • You don’t like your breasts…they don’t look normal in shape
  • Clothing doesn’t fit right due to irregular breast contour & balance
  • You feel self-conscious and embarrassed about your appearance

If you answered yes to one or more of these concerns, you could be an ideal candidate for Dr. Rudderman’s Tubular Breast Correction procedures.

Your Professional Consultation

Dr. Rudderman believes the consultation is critical for you and him. You will discuss your concerns, your options, family history, goals for now and in the future, lifestyle, facial anatomy and much more. From the consultation evolves a sense of trust, respect, mutual understanding, and a correctly personalized treatment plan.

After your first consultation with Dr. Rudderman, you will realize that there truly is a difference in how surgeons approach their profession. For Dr. Rudderman that difference means understanding your desires and goals while providing a level of service that places safety and comfort alongside predictable & pleasing outcomes.

Tubular Breast Correction Surgery

The first step is careful examination to determine if your breast is “tubular” and to what degree. This means the evaluation of symmetry, skin volume, breast volume, nipple areolar position, crease position, chest wall symmetry, and development history. The discussion then is directed to your desire for change and consideration of the best approach for a long term outcome, meaning a breast that looks as normal as possible, and “ages” naturally. So that as your weight changes, and hormonal changes occur over time, you have the best chance of your breast remaining “normal” for age.

The surgery most commonly involves elevation of the skin through incisions that may resemble a breast lift and then repositioning of the glandular tissue with skin redraping to stabilize and improve appearance. There are cases where increased volume may be considered, and this will be balanced with long term expectations and may be performed with a secondary operation. Volume need if minimal may be accomplished with fat grafting or implant for greater change depending on desires. Most often, no additional volume is either needed or recommended when the operation is performed.

The surgery takes 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours, is outpatient, and may require a drain for 24 hours. You can usually drive in 3 days, return to work or school in 4 days, exercise in 3 weeks, and swim and go to the beach in 1 month. Once performed, your breast will “age” way more natural and you may never desire or need additional breast surgery.

These treatments are not an emergency, and plenty of time will be allowed to have a full conversation to consider options. Additional visits can be provided until you feel confident that you are making the best decision for yourself in health, safety, and outcome.

Dr. Rudderman has done hundreds of breast surgeries and can project your likely outcomes. From the consultation evolves…trust, respect, mutual understanding and a personalized treatment plan.

After your first consultation with Dr. Rudderman, you will realize that there truly is a difference in how surgeons approach their profession. For Dr. Rudderman…that difference means understanding your goals and providing a level of service that places safety & comfort alongside predictable and pleasing outcomes.

Contact us at 678.566.7200 to meet with Dr. Rudderman in our Alpharetta or Midtown Atlanta offices.

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This article was written by Dr. Randy Rudderman, who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (1994). He practices medicine at his offices in Alpharetta and Atlanta.
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