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Tuberous Breast Reconstruction – Surgical Procedure

Tuberous breasts are a result of a congenital deformity that occurs at adolescence with the breast skin not stretching correctly during puberty. It can affect one or both breasts.

The result is a constricted breast, shaped like a tube. In most cases, the breasts have a pointed shape instead of a round base with an enlarged and expanded areola. This malformation can also present sagging, wide spacing between the breasts, a narrow base at the chest wall and a higher than normal breast fold.

For many girls, tuberous breasts (also refereed to as snoopy breasts) can cause significant self-confidence problems, with potentially negative psychological consequences throughout womanhood. Therefore, correction is vital to mend both emotional and physical consequences.


Am I a good candidate?

The tuberous breast surgery is usually performed to correct the difference in breast size, shape, or nipple position.

Candidates who can benefit from this surgery are women who are above 18 years, not pregnant or nursing, and in good physical health.


How is it done?     
Each tuberous breast case is a unique challenge. The main aim is not only to correct the balance in shape and size but also to restore the patient’s self-esteem and wellbeing in her daily activities.

The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes about two to three hours. An incision is confined either only around the nipple or around the nipple and down to the breast fold. Internal incisions are often made to release the tight breast tissue and create a space for the implant, which helps correct the puffy, enlarged areolas.

The objective is to reposition the breast fold by lowering it, expand the lower breast skin and tissue, reduce the diameter of the areola, and create round, natural appearing breasts with appropriate cleavage.

Usually, the above is achieved in a single procedure, and with the use of breast implants. Occasionally, if the skin is extremely tight, the process will require more than one surgery.


How long is the recovery?      
Average recovery time is between one to two weeks. Following the procedure, the patient might experience soreness and feel some pain when moving or lifting the arms. At first, the breast implants will look a little bit higher than normal and the breasts will be swollen, but with time, they will descend to reach a more natural position.

Patients will be able to resume their normal lifestyle within three weeks; however they should refrain from performing vigorous activities.

In all cases, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your surgical site, what medications to take in order to relieve the pain and reduce the risk of infections. Be sure to ask all the questions concerning what to expect during the recovery period.

Disclaimer: The info presented on this page is indicative and for generic use only. Each patient’s case is unique and will be studied by Dr. Chadi Murr for full assessment.