All Breasts Are Not Created Equal - Tuberous Breast Deformity

All Breasts Are Not Created Equal - Tuberous Breast Deformity

Tuberous Breast Deformity

Throughout history, the art world was always filled with paintings and sculptures glorifying female breasts. Ever since the first caveman drew a breast on the walls of a cave, this part of the woman has been the forefront in our idea of females – and not much has changed. Breasts still play an important part of a women’s role in society. Whether it’s a functional role of child rearing, or the physical role in attraction, a woman’s breasts are a part of her identity.

ladies in the 1950 with pointed braziers

The question is: how do women view their own breasts, and how do women who are self-conscious about their breasts come to terms with it? It’s easy for women to suffer needlessly in silence, refusing to talk about something that might be easily fixed. One of these easily treatable breast conditions is known as tuberous breast deformity (TBD). This can occur in both men and women, though much more common in women. Someone suffering from tuberous breasts will notice that their breasts are “pointed,” seemingly similar to the style of brassieres in the 1940s and 1950s (pictured above).

Doctors have not figured out what causes tuberous breast deformity, though many say the condition may be genetic. There does not seem to be a way to prevent TBD. Though tuberous breast correction and surgery for tuberous breasts always remains a viable option.

TBD is a congenital abnormality that forms during puberty, and varies in severity from person to person.  The most common features include:

  • Narrow breast bases that are constricted
  • Large herniated areola, where breast tissue bulges through the tip, resulting in a tubular shape
  • Asymmetry of size and shape, in which one breast is usually larger

These so-called deformities can weigh heavily on the affected. Many women who suffer from tuberous breast deformity experience bouts of embarrassment, low self-esteem, depression, social anxiety, peer rejection, and psychosexual dysfunction. Great majority of women diagnosed with TBD seek out breast augmentation to change the appearance of their natural breasts.

An experienced plastic surgeon can offer hope in the form of tuberous breast deformity surgery. A diagnosis of tuberous breasts requires a specialized augmentation approach to correct the deformity. Dr. Potparic has performed these types of procedures and is experienced in the craft. He says, “The correction of tuberous breasts is challenging for several reasons.

First, it must address the difference in size and shape between the two breasts, as well as reduce the large areolas. This can be achieved by combining different procedures, including reducing the larger breast to the size of the smaller breast, followed by breast augmentation with implants and/or fat grafts. The change of shape and skin envelope may be done in the form of a vertical or a donut-type of breast lift. Additional procedures to treat residual deformities like double bubble, groove, or a narrow base may be needed 6-12 months after the first surgery for tuberous breasts. Final shaping and correcting of the residual shape and volume asymmetry can be achieved with fat grafting.”

breast types

We encourage patients to do their due diligence and research board-certified plastic surgeons who are experienced in this space. Fortunately for our patients, Dr. Potparic is an expert in tuberous breast correction surgery. We’re pleased to say that there are options to change the shape of your breasts.


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