Tuberous breast deformity, which is also be known as tubular breasts or constricted breasts, is a
result of an abnormality or congenital deformity which occurs in women. When a female is going through puberty, it can occasionally
happen that the breasts fail to develop normally and fully. The exact cause of this condition is not exactly known. It is thought that only one to
five per cent of patients that are seeking breast augmentation have this condition.
Tuberous breasts are not a condition of simply having small or underdeveloped breasts, it is an actual deformity that occurs during the process of
breast bud maturation. This deformity then results in a herniation of the nipple-areola complex due to a fibrous band of breast tissue. The effect this
deformity can have on the appearance of the breast varies from individual to individual and can range from mild to severe. Some typical characteristics
of a tuberous breast deformity include:
- * Enlarged and puffy areola
- * Unusually wide amount of space between the breasts
- * Limited amounts of breast tissue, especially in the lower poles
- * Sagging of the breast (ptosis), in its entirety or a specific portion
- * Breast fold that is higher than normal
- * Narrow breast base
This condition can bring about numerous nagging issues for a woman, a major one being that it can drastically affect the ability of a woman to
breastfeed. There are some cases where the breasts and milk glands have not developed enough to even produce milk. Fortunately, there are not any other
fertility or pregnancy issues that are affected by this condition.
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Tuberous Breast Correction
The appearance of tuberous breasts can be addressed with certain cosmetic procedures. There can be a variety of techniques that are used in addressing
this issue including: tissue expansion, breast augmentation, breast lifting and breast parenchymal re-shaping.
Dr. Brenner's tuberous breast correction in Los Angeles can be more complicated than just a regular breast augmentation and it frequently requires a combination of techniques.
There are some rare cases where the physician must perform tissue expansion of the breast skin envelope prior to the augmentation.
Treating tuberous breasts
Correcting the tuberous breast requires the achievement of a balance between restructuring, reshaping, augmentation, and areolar repositioning. The tuberous breast correction is much more than simple augmentation or breast implantation, hence, it can only be performed by highly skilled, specialized surgeons.
Since each case is different, the plastic surgeon would need to tailor the procedure to address the particular problem that is unique to the individual.
Before the procedure
The procedure for tuberous breast treatment begins with a consultation with an experienced, qualified tuberous breast correction specialist. After taking detailed measurements and health history, the surgeon would experiment with different inserts to understand the desired outcome.
Certain health diagnostics or tests may be ordered by the surgeon if necessary prior to the surgery. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and may last between two to three hours, depending on the extent of repair and other factors.
The surgeon will also determine if you would need a single surgery or several levels of correction over a period of time.
What the procedure may involve
During your tuberous breast correction in Beverly Hills, releasing the tissue in the lower breast pole helps expand the base of the breast. An inflatable implant or a tissue expander may be used when the constriction is severe. The implant is then inflated on a weekly schedule with saltwater injections that helps stretch the tissue below the breast. The tissue expansion is accompanied by permanent breast augmentation with implants. The type of implant, the location and the size will be determined by the specialist after the initial consultation.
The tuberous breast correction surgery itself may also involve the correction of the nipple’s drooping appearance. Sagging of the breast may also need additional lifting procedures. In a breast lift, the surgeon removes excess tissue and raises the position of the breast and areola. The surrounding skin is tightened to reshape the breast. There are multiple ways of performing the breast lift, which depends on the extent of the sagging. The vertical or lollipop technique is the commonly used procedure and because the incisions are in the shape of a lollipop around the contour of the breast, they are well hidden.
Post tuberous breast treatment, you may be required to spend one night in the hospital for observation. The length of stay in the hospital may differ depending on the complexity of the procedure and other health conditions. Recovery is usually smooth and rapid with the scars of the surgery fading after two to three months.
Tissue expansion or augmentation themselves are painless and there is no recovery downtime. Weekly visits for tissue expansion may be required for some patients. Any mild soreness or pain can be easily managed with a mild painkiller.
Although most patients can go home within a day, they need to avoid strenuous activities including lifting heavy weights and vigorous sports. Normal day-to-day functions and light work can be resumed within a day or two. A surgical bra may be fitted to help in faster recovery. Drain tubes are placed to remove any fluid collection in the site of the surgery, which is removed after a week or so.
Schedule a consultation
If you have think you have this condition and are interested in receiving tuberous breast correction in Beverly Hills, you should contact Dr. Brenner’s office for an in-depth, in-person consultation.
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Additional breast conditions treatment options
When breast implants or other foreign objects are placed into the body, the body encapsulates it in a fibrous tissue lining.
Dr. Brenner’s skill in performing cosmetic breast procedures stems from his extensive training in breast reconstruction.