Tuberous Breast Correction SURGERY

Tuberous breast correction surgery requires a specialist approach, combining a number of augmentation practices and special techniques to create a fuller, rounder shape. Surgery involves the manipulation of tissue and skin to create more space in the breast pocket, and the insertion of implants to provide shape and additional volume.
Tuberous breast, also referred to as tubular breasts, pointy boobs and snoopy breasts, occurs during puberty, when the breast fails to develop fully and the glands stop growing. The result is a lack of tissue at the base of the breast and a high crease, therefore excess tissue is squeezed towards the nipple area. This creates a droopy, elongated shape, with excessive volume around the nipple. Asymmetry is also common and can exacerbate the condition.

Corrective surgery is safe, but it’s a specialist procedure that requires experience in the condition. Traditional cosmetic breast surgery is not a satisfactory solution and in some cases only serves to quite literally increase the problem – more volume alone can simply make the condition more apparent.

Many women in the UK live with the condition (about 1-5% of patients coming for breast augmentation), and for many the results of specialist corrective surgery can be life changing; boosting self-confidence and body image, and helping them feel more comfortable in their own skin.

COSMETIC SURGEON

Mr Sheikh Ahmad

With clinics in Harley Street London, Truro Cornwall, Birmingham and Cardiff, Mr Sheikh Ahmad has developed a unique breast augmentation package for clients in the South West and all over the country. One that offers extensive surgical experience, a bespoke pre-op consultation process, a door-to-door VIP service and carefully crafted aftercare.

Mr. Ahmad has over 30 years of surgical experience, with extensive experience in cosmetic breast surgery with minimal scarring. He’s performed more than 3,000 breast augmentations and reductions and other cosmetic procedures, using a variety of techniques that are tailored to individual needs and demands.

A limousine service is available on request, which provides the client with comfortable and private transport both to and from the hospital. This service is extended to clients who wish to have their surgery in a different city. It’s provided at a subsidised rate, is unique to Mr Ahmad’s practice and has been very popular with his clients.

To find out more and book a consultation, please make an appointment with Mr. Ahmad by contacting his secretary via email or ring her on 01872 248325.

Summary of Treatment

PROCEDURE TIME
Up to 2 Hours

ANAESTHETIC
General

HOSPITAL STAY
1 Night
DURATION OF RESULTS
Variable

COST

From £6000 without implants

From £7800 with implants

Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT TUBEROUS BREAST

What Is Tuberous Breast And How Is It Caused?
Tuberous breast, also referred to as tubular breasts, pointy boobs and snoopy breasts, occurs during puberty, when the breast fails to develop fully and the glands stop growing. The result is a lack of tissue at the base of the breast and a high crease, therefore excess tissue is squeezed towards the nipple area. This creates a droopy, elongated shape, with excessive volume around the nipple. Asymmetry is also common and can exacerbate the condition.
Is Tuberous Breast Genetic/Hereditary?
There is possibly a genetic link leading to defective collagen production in the breast.
How Much Does Tuberous Breast Corrective Surgery Cost?
Prices start from £4,500.
How Is Surgery Performed?
There are several ways of addressing the issue. In severe cases staged surgery is performed but in most instances it is possible to complete the surgery in one stage. Breast tissue from the nipple areola complex is replaced in the breast mound and lower pole constriction is corrected by opening/spreading breast tissue evenly in the lower pole.
Is Corrective Surgery Possible Without Implants?
The best results are achieved if performed in conjunction with implants.
Does Tuberous Breast Surgery Leave Scars?
Whenever incisions are made as part of surgery there is a risk of scarring. The location of scars following surgery depend on the technique employed and therefore the location of the incision. In most of the instances the operation is performed via circumareolar incision, however sometimes a vertical incision is required for more correction. Mr. Ahmad has over 30 years of surgical experience, with extensive experience in cosmetic breast surgery with minimal scarring.
Can I Breastfeed After Surgery?
In most cases, theoretically yes, but we always inform you that it may not be possible.

Consultation

What Happens At My Consultation?
Mr Ahmad takes a brief history and then assesses your breasts. All treatment options are discussed in detail and Mr Ahmad gives his suggestions regarding the best options available. Fees and surgery venue are discussed. A second appointment is then scheduled to finalise your treatment.

SURGERY

How Long Does Surgery Take?
Surgery can take up to two hours.
How Will I Feel After Surgery?
The vast majority of women feel relaxed and comfortable immediately after surgery. Breast tenderness and a tight feeling usually become apparent gradually.

At this stage your surgeon should be happy for the nursing staff to dispense painkillers which are given in combination for few days, but most of the patients are quite comfortable with taking paracetamol after a week or so.

It is quite common for one breast to be more tender, and to swell slightly more (this is often the right side). Similarly one breast will often recover more quickly and this is quite normal.

Although it would be very rare, the gradual appearance of a great discrepancy in size would not be normal and should be assessed. Similarly if you feel unwell, feverish and develop a temperature you would need to consult your surgeon. If the skin over the breast swells and becomes reddened and tender you would need to consult your doctor.

Changes like this would be very unusual indeed, but it is important to know that should they occur, a prompt review is required to assess the cause and treat it.

How Long Will I Be In Hospital?
The procedure usually requires an overnight stay.
What Clothes Should I Bring To Wear After The Operation?
A loose button-down shirt is ideal. Avoid clothes that would need pulling on over your head.
Are There Any Side Effects To The Operation?
The most common side effect is feeling sleepy for a few hours. Sometimes the anaesthetic or morphine can make you feel sickly, but usually for a short time only.

You may feel slightly bloated for a few days. This is often due to slight constipation caused by painkillers. A gentle laxative will help resolve this.

If Something Goes Wrong During / After Operation, Is Surgery Guaranteed & Will Problems Be Resolved Within The Original Cost?
Complications from breast augmentation surgery are rare, but Mr Ahmad is unable to give you a categorical guarantee that they won’t occur.

The kinds of problems that can occur are haematoma around the implant in the first 24-hours which will require evacuation, or implant infection needing implant removal in the first few weeks.

If these complications do occur you will be covered by the fixed price package for further surgery.

For example, if you need to have the implants removed because of an infection in the post-operative period, this is covered, as is the subsequent operation to replace new implants.

POST SURGERY, RECOVERY & THE FUTURE

Will I See The Surgeon Again After Surgery?
Your first appointment post-surgery takes place 10-14 days after the procedure with the surgical nurse practitioner, who makes sure your healing is progressing in a satisfactory manner. Dressings are checked and redressed if required. Mr Ahmad sees you again a few weeks later.
Do I Need To Take Time Off Work After Surgery?

Yes. Please check with Mr. Ahmad in relation to what you do. Generally you will require two weeks off. Three weeks or more may be needed if your job involves lifting or heavy manual work.

If your job is sedentary, you can occasionally return after ten days, but remember that you may still be taking painkillers.

What Bra Should I Wear After Surgery?
After the surgery is complete you will need to wear a surgical bra or elastic gauze bandage to protect your healing chest. In a few days time you will be able to replace the surgical bra with a soft support bra covering some gauze bandage which you will need to wear 24/7 for around three to four weeks.

A shock-absorber type bra should be worn during sport. Keeping the skin over the breasts moisturised helps to maintain elasticity (Bio Oil is possibly advantageous here).

What Are Tubular Breasts?

Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre| Truro Tubular breasts are a type of physical deformity in men and women, though women are most likely to notice the changes and be concerned about the physical effect. During puberty, this deformity occurs due to the internal breast tissue failing to grow symmetrically or adequately.

This abnormal growth leads to breasts that look different from average, and while it’s not a health concern for the woman, it is often an aesthetic concern. Later in life, it is also often a concern for women who wish to become mothers as it might cause difficulties in producing breast milk.

Overall, tubular breasts are not something to be ashamed of or cause embarrassment. Tubular breast deformity can usually only be corrected using surgical methods. Many women opt for the available cosmetic surgeries to help regain their self-confidence and achieve the positive body image they’ve always wanted.

Sheikh Ahmad has over 30 years of experience in the cosmetic and aesthetic surgery field, with clinics located in the heart of Harley Street London, Truro Cornwall, Birmingham & Exeter,

Book your consultation today to discuss your options.

Tubular Breast Symptoms

If you’re unsure if you have tubular breast syndrome, you can look for plenty of symptoms to determine if there is a problem. Your doctor should be able to confirm whether you have tubular breasts during a typical breast exam. (1)

Tubular breasts are diagnosed based on the way that the breasts look.
Healthline

The main symptom of this breast deformity is a lack of breast tissue both horizontally and vertically, leading to a square, pointed, or tubular shape.

Another visible symptom is noticeably asymmetrical breasts. While no two breasts are the same size for any woman, tubular breasts grow at vastly different rates and can leave you with breasts that are several cup sizes different from the other.

The appearance of large, bulging areolas, or “puffy nipples”, is another symptom that can signify tubular breast syndrome, as there are not enough skin cells to keep the breast tissue upright and distributed evenly.
The skin around the areola may consist of a fibrous texture and appear either over-stretched or collapsed into the skin.

 

Types of Tuberous Breast Deformity

There are multiple types of tuberous breast syndrome, which can be categorized based on our current scientific classification of tubular breasts based on a range of visual factors.

Tubular breasts range in severity and are typically categorized by three types, as seen below, though not every woman meets every criterium for a single category. Like many other developmental deformities, the degree of severity is a spectrum rather than the categorical box.

Type I
The least severe type of tubular breasts within the classification is minor constriction of the breast tissue. The lower breast fold – where the breast meets the chest – is only minorly elevated, and there is little to no deficiency noted in the glandular volume of the breasts. Breast drooping may still be mild to severe depending on how the breasts developed at puberty. The areola is typically enlarged but not herniated.

Type II
With only moderate constriction of the base tissue, this tubular breast class is considered the middle ground between mild and severe. Both the inner and outer part of the breast fold typically showcases an abnormal level of elevation, and the lower glandular volume of the breasts may present a moderate deficiency. Breast drooping may range from none to mild, with an areola either normal or moderately herniated.

Type III
This type of tubular breast has a severe constriction of the base tissue and elevation of the entire breast fold, or a total absence. There is typically a severe deficiency in all areas of the breast’s glandular volume in Type II tubular breasts, with mild to moderate breast drooping and severe areola herniation.

How Do You Test for Tubular?

Testing for tubular breast syndrome is not an uncommon practice, as many women will become self-conscious or concerned about an irregularly shaped breast. If not, when they are younger, they may become more self-conscious about it over time as they compare their breasts to other women around them.

In more moderate to severe cases, you may be able to self-diagnose your tubular breasts based on their visual appearance. However, it is recommended you have your breasts examined by a doctor to confirm the findings. A doctor will perform a physical examination and a visual examination to determine whether the breasts have a tubular deformity and the severity of the deformation based on the three typical categories of tubular breasts.

This examination is non-invasive, though there is no standardized testing for tubular breasts, so individual practice may vary from doctor to doctor. If you are concerned about tubular breasts, you should bring it to your doctor’s attention on your regular visit.

Customer Reviews

Tash. E

From the initial consultation, to follow up appointments and surgery, I felt 100% comfortable and trusted what Mr Ahmad thought would be best for me”

Codi. D

Mr Ahmad did an exceptional job. He listened to me and respect my wishes as I only wanted a tiny enhancement. My augmentation went perfectly, my healing process has been so easy and my scars are very minimal…his team are very friendly…which made me feel so comfortable.

I was recommended by a friend and would highly recommend him to others.

Michelle N

Mr Ahmad and his team were amazing throughout my experience.

I had a breast reduction, my previous implants were replaced with smaller ones and I had an internal mesh bra fitted. From start to finish they were informative, professional, friendly and welcoming.

My surgery and stay in the hospital were comfortable and I was very well looked after. I am very pleased with my results and cannot recommend Mr Ahmad enough, I am loving my new body shape and enjoying the compliments

Vid S

Thank you for the amazing experience to all staff, especially a big thank you to Sheikh Ahmad, Asta and Caroline.
Highly recommend and I’m really pleased and happy with my results 😊

Di S

This is my second procedure with Mr Sheikh Ahmad aesthetic surgeon. Through your surgical expertise, I now have restored confidence in myself and my body….

Mr Ahmad, you demonstrate the highest quality of care and the greatest level of skill and the kindest empathy of any health professional I have ever seen…

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Is Tubular Breast Rare?

No, tubular breast syndrome is not a rare condition, though it’s difficult to assess how many women in the UK have it.

Because tubular breasts show up in puberty, it is not something that can be predicted earlier in life. Overall, little is known about the cause and development of tubular breasts, and few women seek treatment for the condition since they don’t pose any significant health risks or inconveniences.

Because of the lack of women who seek treatment or diagnosis for the condition, it’s challenging to get an accurate sample size of how many women have this specific condition. However, the appearance of the condition in regular exams and popular media can determine that it’s not uncommon for many women to have it, at least as a mild case.

Tubular breast syndrome is another way to classify breast shapes and should be considered a regular shape. However, the lack of glandular breast tissue can concern those entering motherhood. Many women still seek cosmetic surgery for the condition to strengthen their self-confidence and overall body image.

Risks of Tubular Breasts

There are no health risks associated with tubular breast syndrome, though more research is needed to understand the condition better, how it develops, and if it can be prevented.

There are two main inconveniences associated with tubular breasts, and the first is body image and self-confidence. The asymmetrical or misshapen appearance of tubular breasts can be a significant source of anxiety or worry for many women, especially when comparing their breasts with other women both in the media and within their social circle.

Many women seek treatment for the condition because of this. However, the only known treatment is through breast augmentation with a registered cosmetic surgeon like notable breast surgeon Sheikh Ahmad in London.
Because tubular breasts are a pattern of development that occurs during puberty, there are no known remedies that can affect the condition outside of cosmetic surgery to correct the appearance of breasts.

Mothers with tubular breasts may have trouble lactating or may not be able to provide enough milk to their infants to supply them with necessary nutrients adequately and may need to seek alternative options.

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...While almost every woman and man may have some differences in the size of their natural breasts, people with tubular breasts may experience more significant differences - Medical News Today

What is the Cause of Tubular Breasts?

Tubular breasts can occur in men and women, though many more women visit a doctor to correct the issue. (2) During puberty, the connective tissue in the breast is malformed, causing a lack of connectivity in the tissue around the areola, a lack of development in the glandular breast tissue, or herniation of the areola.

While almost every woman and man may have some differences in the size of their natural breasts, people with tubular breasts may experience more significant differences - Medical News Today

Overall, tubular breast syndrome still has a long way to go until more treatment options become available, and we identify ways to prevent this from occurring. However, there are two main factors that science understands as contributing to deformity today.

Tubular breasts may be caused by either internal scar tissue that has distorted the breast tissue around the base where the breast connects to the chest or thin connective and supportive tissue around the breast's areola. Both causes may also be apparent, leading to more severe cases of tubular breast syndrome.

Are Tubular Breasts Genetic?

Tubular breast syndrome is a congenital formation of the breasts that only becomes apparent at puberty, but there is no evidence that the deformity is genetic. No link has been discovered even in instances where parents or family members have the same symptoms of tubular breast syndrome; for now, this appears to be entirely coincidental. 

Can Tuberous Breasts be Fixed with Breast Correction Surgery?

Yes, tuberous breasts can be fixed with the help of tubular breast correction surgery. Breast augmentation or reconstruction is the most popular choice for people who wish to have the appearance of their tuberous breasts lifted, often for self-confidence and positive body image. Because tuberous breast syndrome does not present significant health risks or defects, appearance is the only concern. 

Treatment Options for Tubular Breasts

The only treatment option available for patients with tubular breasts is to have them repaired or augmented through cosmetic surgery. While many "natural remedies" on the market claim to help improve breasts' appearance, shape, and plumpness, they are not necessarily meant for tubular breast syndrome and have low efficacy.

You should always consult your GP before seeking medical treatment for tubular breasts, as cosmetic surgery comes with risks. You should be aware of any underlying health conditions that could affect your ability to have cosmetic surgery performed safely.

Surgical Tubular Breast Correction

Ensure that the cosmetic surgeon you choose to work with is familiar with tubular breast syndrome and that the condition has been appropriately assessed, giving you the best chance of recovering correctly with the correct procedures. At Sheikh Ahmad, breast augmentation and surgery are popular choices for patients who want to work with an expert in the field.
Call our clinic today to book your consultation and discuss your tubular breast syndrome. 

Procedure Side Effects

There are side effects associated with any cosmetic surgery procedure or poor healing during recovery. However, the most common side effects that may appear when receiving a breast augmentation for tubular breast syndrome are:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Rupture of implants
  • Pain due to scar tissue contraction around the implant
    Seroma
  • Change in nipple or breast sensation

If you have any doubts about how you are recovering from your surgery or notice any side effects. In that case, it is essential to contact your cosmetic surgeon immediately to receive follow-up care and assess the risks.

Will I Have Scars from Tuberous Breast Surgery?

Yes, every surgical procedure will result in some form of scar tissue. However, an excellent cosmetic surgeon will be able to make incisions in areas that are easy to camouflage and cause minimal scarring.

Tuberous breast surgery may require that incisions are made in prominent areas. However, these scars are often small and heal well over time. If you are concerned about where incisions will be made, ask your cosmetic surgeon during your consultation to ensure they are aware of the concern and can make special considerations regarding your procedure.

Can I Breastfeed with Tuberous Breasts?

Yes, you can breastfeed with tuberous breasts. While it can be a challenge for some mothers to supply enough milk to their babies, it is still possible. Some mothers manage to provide enough milk, while others might not make much at all, causing them to rely on formula feed or milk donations from other lactating mothers.

The ability to make milk for your child depends on the amount of breast tissue your body has developed; when the body lacks enough breast tissue to generate enough milk, it can become difficult.

While cosmetic surgery can help correct the problem, it is important to remember that breastfeeding is not often recommended as an activity during recovery to allow your breasts to heal completely.

Cost of Tuberous Breast Surgery

The cost of tuberous breast surgery varies depending on the procedure you have done and the extent you are modifying your breasts. Not all tuberous breasts develop the same way, so different techniques may need to be done to overcome the physical differences from other breasts.

For example, some procedures may require that what little breast tissue is is removed, and then an implant added in its place, potentially with additional skin correction to help lift the breast into a perkier shape; this breast augmentation costs from £6,000-£8500

It's important to understand that not every procedure will cost the same, and your total costs will reflect the procedures necessary to get you to your aesthetic goals. Depending on how extensive these changes will be, it may take multiple procedures to help get your breasts to your optimal shape.

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Tubular breasts don't have to define how you view your body. As a specialist in breast surgery of all types, Sheikh Ahmad has over 30 years of experience in the industry, helping people just like you learn to love their bodies.

Are you looking for an experienced reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon to help you achieve the body you want?

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Not ready tpo book a consultation? No problem, if you'd like to learn more about Tuberous Breast Syndrome be sure to have a read of our latest guide!

 

References:
Healthline, Tubular Breasts, https://www.healthline.com/health/tubular-breasts
Medical News Today, What You Should Know About Tubular Breasts, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320309

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