Tuberous Breast Correction

Reviewed by Walter Erhardt, MD

Tuberous breast deformity is a congenital condition in which the breasts fail to fully develop. Women with this deformity have breasts that are long and narrow with tight skin below the nipple and enlarged areolas. In some cases, the nipples and areolas may stick out.

Tuberous breast deformity can range from mild to severe. The cause of this condition is unknown. However, it can be corrected with several types of breast enhancement surgery.

During areolar incision surgery, your surgeon crafts an around-the-areola incision and then makes several incisions within the breast to release the tight breast tissue. This treatment is sometimes combined with breast augmentation with implants or a breast lift.

The procedure is usually performed while you are under general anesthesia at an outpatient surgical facility. It typically takes two hours or more to complete, but this will depend upon the extent of the surgery and whether breast lift or breast implants are included.

Following surgery, expect to wear surgical dressings and a compression garment for several days. Any stitches are removed within a week's time. Light activities can then be resumed, but strenuous activities should be avoided for three weeks.

Patience is required, as it takes some time for the breasts to expand to a more natural, rounded appearance.

Fat Grafting to the Breast

An additional treatment option for this condition is fat grafting to the breast, also known as fat transfer. In this procedure, fat is removed from one part of your body (typically your abdomen, thighs or buttocks) and injected into your breasts.

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Although fat transfer is not considered a primary breast augmentation procedure, the major plastic surgery professional organizations do approve of its use for the treatment of congenital breast conditions such as tuberous breast deformity.

Tuberous Breast Correction Cost

The cost of tuberous breast surgery is difficult to estimate due to the many variables involved (such as whether breast implants or breast lift is included). Insurers do not cover tuberous breast correction because it is not considered a medically necessary procedure. The best way to find out how much tuberous breast correction will cost is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. The surgeon will examine your breasts, assess your general health and discuss your goals. Based on this information, he or she will provide you with an estimate.

If cost is a concern, ask your surgeon about payment plans and/or financing options.

Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

If you are considering treatment for tuberous breasts, be sure to select a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience treating this condition. Ask how many times your surgeon has corrected tuberous breasts, to see before and after breast surgery photos of tuberous breast patients, and to speak with a former patient, if possible. Start your search for the right surgeon now.