Tuberous breast is a not a very well-known congenital abnormality. Women often think that they have small, underdeveloped breasts. They don’t know that there are treatments appropriate to their condition which is often a source of great psychological discomfort. The appearance of tuberous breasts may even be changed through breast augmentation with implants or with lipofilling.
This information sheet is issued by Dr. Vincent Nguyen, board-certified plastic surgeon in Paris, familiar with tuberous breast treatment.
It provides all the information about the surgery, scars, recovery, before and after comparison photographs, Social Security coverage and the cost of tuberous breast procedure.
What is a tuberous breast?
It’s a breast abnormality that occurs during puberty. Breast development is stymied by a widespread fibrosis making it impossible for the breast to develop normally. It gives the breast a tube-shape aspect. The deformities may be:
Are there different types of tuberous breasts?
As classified by Grolleau, there are 3 different types:
What are the different treatments for tuberous breasts?
Different surgery techniques may be used depending on the type of tuberous breasts and on the deformities to correct:
What is the treatment for each type?
BEFORE A TUBEROUS BREAST TREATMENT
TREATMENT OF TUBEROUS BREASTS
AFTER TUBEROUS BREAST TREATMENT
The recovery depends on the technique that is used but:
What is the effect of the treatment on pregnancy and breastfeeding?
It depends on the technique used to correct the abnormality, but, as a rule, patients can breastfeed normally, even with silicone implants as silicone can’t get into breast milk.
Does surgery affect breast sensitivity?
Immediately after surgery patients may experience hypersensitivity of the areola and hyposensitivity in the lower part of the breast. These symptoms gradually disappear.
What scars does a tuberous breast treatment leave?
At least and regardless of the type, there will be a scar around the areola. Depending on the deformity, there may be a vertical incision scar and sometimes a horizontal scar in the fold.
If breast implants are used, will they be permanent?
No, breast implants are not permanent. They will have to be replaced. All the information is available on this website, in breast augmentation with implants information sheet.
If my first surgery was covered by Social Security, will the change of implants also be covered?
In case of initial surgery for breast malformation it may be covered by Social Security but only after prior agreement.
Can my breasts become tuberous again If I lose too much weight after breast reconstruction and lipofilling?
No, once the deformation is corrected, the breasts can’t become tuberous again. But, as for any other breast lipofilling, the size of the breasts may be affected by weight loss. All the information is available on this website in breast lipofilling information sheet.
May I get a hybrid breast augmentation to correct tuberous breasts?
Yes, you may have a hybrid breast augmentation with breast implants and lipofilling with fat injection to treat tuberous breasts. All the information is available on this website in hybrid breast augmentation information sheet.