Surgery for tuberous breasts

Remodels dissymmetrical breasts …

Definition

Tuberous breasts are a rare congenital malformation affecting young women in one or both breasts. It often requires surgical correction, because of the unsightly appearance of the breasts.

It often requires surgical correction, because of the unsightly appearance of the breasts.

This malformation is characterized by several morphologic alterations, expressed differently. Initially, a fibrous ring at the base of the breast prevents horizontal and vertical development of the mammary gland during growth, and may be associated to a hernia of mammary parenchyma in the nipple-areolar complex and dilatation of the areola. Different types exist, involving limited breast volume, ptosis, abnormal implantation of the breast, misplacement of the submammary fold, protrusion of the mammary gland through the often-enlarged areola, and asymmetrical breasts.

Procedure and scars

The surgeon performs a resection of the fibrous ring to release the mammary gland and remodel it harmoniously.

The procedure also involves the placement of implant(s) if the breast volume is unsatisfactory, the reduction of the areola and the symmetrization of the two breasts.

Depending on the technique used, the scars will strictly be periareolar, i.e. surrounding the areola between the brown and white skin, or periareolar and vertical, between the lower pole of the areola and the submammary fold.

Retouching is often needed later to improve the result.

In addition to regular pre-operative examinations, a breast screening should be realized.

The operation lasts about two hours and is typically performed under general anesthesia. The patient is hospitalized for two to three days.