Plastic Surgeons explain that tubular malformation of the breast comes in many forms. The condition known as tuberous breasts or tubular breasts is where the breast is constricted at the base and many times has herniated tissue pushing against the areola causing it to bulge and enlarge. Patients will come to plastic surgeons and sometimes call theme “snoopy breasts,” or “triangle breasts.”
Plastic surgeons describe that all tubular malformations tend to share certain common features, including:
- Small and tight breasts that looks abnormal.
- Abnormally narrow breast tissue base.
- Large areolas that are puffy and protrude.
- Breasts are narrower from top to bottom with tight skin below the nipple.
Women with tuberous breasts require the plastic surgeons to pay extra attention in order to bring the size and shape of their breasts into balance. Creating balance and symmetry can enhance the appearance of the breasts tremendously.
In correcting this problem, plastic surgeons can usually confine the incision to around the nipple entirely, and can be made to be very inconspicuous. Internal incisions are often used to release the tight breast tissue and create a space for an implant, which rounds out the lower breast (inframammary) crease, and helps to correct the puffy, enlarged areolae. Drains are not usually necessary and this procedure can be combined with other procedures in most cases.