Tuberous Breast Correction

Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic. Last Reviewed July 16th 2020.

What is a tuberous breast?

Tuberous breasts, also known as tubular breasts, constricted breasts or breast hypoplasia is an abnormality of the breast shape. Patients with tuberous breasts may notice that their breasts have a tight narrow base and tend to be oval or pointed in shape. It is common for tuberous breasts to be asymmetric and it is common for the areola area to be domed and enlarged.

Tuberous breast correction at The Private Clinic is performed by our specialised breast surgeons who are available for consultations at our clinics in London, Birmingham, Manchester, LeedsBuckinghamshire, Northampton and Bristol. Free consultations are available with our patient coordinators at our consulting rooms in Milton Keynes.

What are Tuberous Breasts?

Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adrian Richards MBBS MSc FRCS (Plast.) GMC Number: 3286812 is one of the leading Breast Surgeons in the UK.

Mr Adrian Richards is highly experienced at treating patients with tuberous breasts specialising in corrective breast surgery.

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What causes tuberous breasts?

It is not known what causes tuberous breasts and you don’t often know that you have them until puberty. As the breast begins to grow there is a lack of breast tissue development which results in the droopy appearance. Many patients feel troubled and are embarrassed about the appearance of their chest.

Although relatively common, tuberous breasts can vary in severity. A mild form of tubular breasts may just be a high breast crease with a short distance from the nipple to the fold under the breast. In more severe cases tuberous breasts can take on an elongated breast shape with doming of the areola.

What type of surgery is required to correct a tuberous breast?

Tuberous breasts can be corrected with cosmetic surgery and the technique used will depend on the severity of your tubular breasts and what your desired result is. Usually a specialised breast augmentation technique is used to release the constricted tissue, increase the volume and stretch out the tissue. Some patients may need a mastopexy/breast uplift to tighten the breast if they don’t want a breast implant.

We recommend that you come in for a consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons who specialise in tuberous breast correction. They will be able to advise you on whether you have tuberous breasts as well as detailing your treatment options.

The technique used for tuberous breast correction will vary from patient to patient depending on their severity and desired outcomes.

Breast Augmentation

During a breast augmentation procedure on tuberous breasts the surgeon will perform an internal release of the constricting tissue which will widen the base of the breast. An implant will then be inserted to increase the volume of the breast and stretch the skin resulting in a rounder and more natural breast shape.

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The results from surgery are instant however you will have to go through a recovery period where swelling may be visible for up to 6 weeks.


The amount of downtime you require will depend of the type of surgery that you had. Usually we recommend 1-2 weeks off work for any patient who has had a breast augmentation.

When it comes to researching breast surgery procedures there are a lot of words and abbreviations that may seem confusing. We have created a glossary of the most popular Cosmetic Surgery words which you can view here.

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    What is tuberous breast deformity?

    Tuberous or tubular breasts are when the breasts have not developed properly. Usually breast tissue is spread out across the chest but tuberous breasts often have a long and narrow appearance with a domed nipple area as the lower pole has failed to develop properly.


    How can I tell if I have tuberous breasts?

    Tuberous breasts are characterised by a narrow base which tends to result in a high fold underneath the breasts, and a shorter distance between the nipple and the fold under the breast.

    You can check to see if your breasts are tuberous by measuring the distance between the breast fold and the nipple. This measurement is usually 7-8cm but if your measurements are in the region of 3-4cm then you may have a mild form of tuberous breasts.

    The symptoms of tuberous breasts vary greatly between individuals but can include;

    • Cylindrical or narrow breast tissue that usually stays same shape from the base of the breast to the end.
    • Breasts that have a saggy appearance due to an abnormally elevated lower breast fold.
    • Enlarged and/or puffy areolas (areola hypertrophy)
    • Constriction of tissue at the base of the breast.
    • Higher than normal breast fold.
    • Large space between the breasts.
    • Only one breast may be affected.

    The best way to see if you are suitable for tuberous breast correction surgery is to have a consultation with one of our expert breast surgeons who will be able to assess you in person and advise on the best procedure to get the results you are after.

    Will I be able to breast feed after tuberous breast correction?

    It is common for women who have tuberous breasts to be unable to breast feed or have difficulty breast feeding. Tuberous breasts are undeveloped breasts and it often means that insufficient breast tissue have been produced causing a low milk supply, or none at all in some cases.  Unfortunately surgery can only help to improve the appearance of the breasts and can’t help to assist with breast feeding.

    How long do the results from tuberous breast correction last?

    The results of tuberous breast correction are permanent however ageing, pregnancy, breastfeeding and any significant weight loss or gain could alter the appearance of your results over time.

    Breast Implant Safety and Risks

    For information on Breast Implant Safety and risk please see;

    Is there a tuberous breast correction clinic near me?

    The Private Clinic has clinics nationwide so we are sure to have an expert breast surgeon located near to you.

    Our clinics are in;

    • London – 98 Harley street, W1G7HZ
    • Manchester –  25 St John Street, M3 4DT
    • Birmingham – 88 Hagley Road, B16 8LU – West Midlands
    • Leeds – 45 Park Square North, LS1 2NP – Yorkshire
    • Buckinghamshire – Stokenchurch Medical Center Oxford Road, HP14 3SX – South East England
    • Bristol – 92c Whiteladies Road, BS8 2QN – Clifton
    • Northampton – 82 Billing Road, NN1 5DF – East Midlands

    We also have consulting rooms in Milton Keynes where you can have consultations with one of our patient coordinators.

    To find out more about booking a consultation at a clinic near you, contact us here.

    What does a free tuberous breast consultation mean?

    We are offering patients a free tuberous breast phone or video consultation with our experienced patient coordinators.

    A patient adviser will provide information on the procedures we offer and offer advice on the best breast surgeons to suit your requirements.

    In order to secure the timed appointment we ask that you to pay a £25 refundable deposit. This is refunded once the consultation takes place. You can change your appointment time up to 48 hours before.

    Contact us to book your free phone or video consultation.

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