Tuberous Breast Brisbane

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The shape and appearance of a woman’s breasts can have a large impact on her overall self-image. Many women are not happy with the shape of their breasts and wish to alter their appearance to regain confidence in their looks. Tuberous breasts usually appear during puberty when the breasts are first developing. They tend to lack the rounded, teardrop shape that women usually develop and instead adopt a narrow and pointed look. As a result, women with tuberous breast disorder can feel self-conscious and desire to change their appearance.

Thanks to modern surgical techniques, surgeons can correct tuberous breast deformities to create a more ideal breast shape. Brisbane plastic surgeon, Dr Andrew Broadhurst, employs trusted, modern techniques to help you achieve the breasts you desire. Book a consultation to find out how this surgery can give you a more appealing and feminine breast shape, proportionate to your body.

What is Tuberous Breast Disorder?

Tuberous breast disorder, also known as “breast hypoplasia,” is usually first noticed during puberty. Some people describe the look of the breast as long or narrow. The nipple can appear larger or more prominent due to this irregular shape. The issue is purely aesthetic, which means it does not come along with any health issues or risks. Many women do not notice that their breasts have an odd shape and thus do not seek any treatment. For others, the condition can cause self-image issues and prevent them from wearing the bras or clothes they would like. In such cases, women can seek a solution through tuberous breast surgery.

There are four types of tuberous breast deformities. Type one describes the mildest form and type four describes the most severe. Due to the fact that this disorder is aesthetic, the problem (and ideal solution) is often in the eye of the beholder. As a result, every corrective surgery is tailored to suit the patient’s needs and goals.

Tuberous Breast with Dr Broadhurst

“I pride myself on the individual care and support I provide each of my patients. From your first consultation, I will work one-on-one with you to tailor a treatment plan to suit your unique body, fit your lifestyle and achieve the enhanced look you’ve been dreaming of.”

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Your Initial Consultation

Every treatment is tailored to the patient. For this reason, you will need to have an initial appointment to establish your concerns about your breasts and how to correct them. This will be a virtual meeting, either on the phone or via FaceTime.

Dr Broadhurst will ask questions about your health and medical history in order to make sure you are suitable for surgery. It is important to raise any past surgeries you have had or any current medications. During this meeting, you will undergo a physical assessment to establish the issue with your breast shape and which methods will be used to correct it. Dr Broadhurst will advise the best path of treatment for your body whilst tailoring his approach to your preferences and ideal outcomes. We can answer any questions you may have in order to ensure you have a good idea of what to expect from your tuberous breast surgery.

Your Second Consultation

A few weeks before your surgery, you will have a second meeting with us. This will be in-person at one of our Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, or Ballina locations. This second meeting will ensure you are fully informed and prepared, as well as give you the chance to ask any further questions. This consultation is at no cost to you.

We will discuss the surgery in-depth to confirm the details and give you a thorough idea of what to expect. Dr Broadhurst welcomes any questions you may have about tuberous breast surgery. With many years of experience, he will provide you with quality advice and care throughout the whole process. After this, you should have a good understanding of the before, during, and after surgery, including the healing process.


What to expect during your procedure?

The surgery is performed in a hospital facility under general anaesthesia. Surgeons use a number of methods during corrective surgery, depending on the needs of the patient. The most common approaches for tuberous breast surgery include:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Lift with augmentation
  • Augmentation with fat transfer
  • Breast reduction or lift

A discussion with your surgeon will help establish the best approach for your breasts. Placing breast implants is the typical approach to tuberous breast deformities. This is because implants create a fuller and more rounded shape that can correct the narrow and pointed shape of tuberous breasts. Implants come in many shapes and sizes. You can choose smooth or textured implants with a round or teardrop shape. Textured implants have a rough, pebbled feel, which helps them attach to the surrounding breast tissue. Whilst round implants can help create the desired shape and fullness, teardrop implants help create a more natural appearance. The teardrop shape is often suggested for patients who are more petite or who have wideset breasts.

For women who want to maintain the same size, a breast lift can reshape the breast for a more rounded look. It can correct the “drooping” appearance of the breast and create a more lifted and appealing shape. In cases where the tuberous breast appearance is mild, you may only need a breast lift to create the desired look. However, in more severe cases, a simple lift or implant is not enough to correct the tubular breast. The surgeon will have to surgically reshape the breast to produce a pleasing result. Sometimes, the areola (pigmented area around the nipple) is quite large and can be reduced in conjunction with other procedures.

Additionally, surgeons often carry out different surgeries on each breast, as tuberous breasts are sometimes different on each side. Your surgeon may use several methods to make sure the breast tissue is used effectively and that the breasts are in proportion to the rest of the body. The whole procedure can take about three hours to complete, but this can vary depending on which surgery you choose and the severity of your condition.

Tuberous breast surgery cost in Brisbane

Tubular reconstruction is different for every patient according to their health, condition, and goals for surgery. This means costs can vary widely from patient to patient. When calculating costs, we take a number of factors into account, such as hospital, surgeon, and anaesthetist fees. We must also consider the costs of medication and aftercare during your stay in the hospital. Patients should also bear in mind that the type and extent of the surgery can have an impact on the total cost. For example, a more severe case of tuberous breast disorder may require a longer and more complex surgery, as the surgeon will need to surgically reshape the breast. Additionally, if your procedure involves breast enlargement, you will need to pay for your chosen implants.

Surgery for tuberous breasts is a medical procedure, which means you may be able to receive financial assistance. It is one of the few instances in which breast augmentation is classed as medically required. This means Medicare or private insurance rebates may be available if you meet their criteria. Due to the personal nature of this surgery, we can better outline costs after having a personal discussion with you. We can answer any further questions or concerns you may have about during your initial appointment.


Recovery after surgery

After your tuberous breast surgery, the surgeon will close and bandage your incisions. You will be placed in a recovery room and may have drainage tubes in your incisions to remove excess fluid. It is common to feel tired or disoriented when you wake up, but this will subside as the anaesthesia wears off. We can prescribe pain medication to help with any discomfort. You will be able to go home soon after surgery and should organise for a friend or family member to take you home safely. Before you go, your surgeon will give you instructions on how to care for your incisions at home. It is important to follow this advice to ensure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible.

You may need to wear a compression garment or surgical bra to aid in the initial stages of healing. Patients can usually remove their drainage tubes after the first week. Some patients return to work at this stage, although others may need to take more time off if their work involves strenuous tasks. It is a good idea to have someone help you around the house, especially if you have small children to look after. You can resume light tasks two weeks after surgery. However, patients should avoid all vigorous activities for four to six weeks to give their incisions time to heal. Depending on your specific at-home care advice, you may need to:

  • Sleep on your back with your upper body elevated
  • Drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious diet
  • Take care not to put a strain on your incisions
  • Avoid smoking and alcoholic drinks, as this can impede healing

At first, your breasts may appear larger than you expected, but this is usually due to the swelling. They will settle into their final shape after the breast tissue has fully healed, which will be around the 12-week mark.

Procedure Risks & Complications

As with any surgical procedure, tuberous breast surgery comes with some risks. If your surgery includes implants, the risks associated with implants will also be a factor. You should be aware of the potential risks of your desired procedure, as this will help you weigh the pros and cons. You can then make a confident and informed decision. The possible complications from this surgery include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Unfavourable scarring
  • Reactions to anaesthesia
  • Implant rupture
  • Capsular contracture
  • Loss of nipple sensation
  • Damage to nerves or blood vessels
  • Persistent pain
  • Asymmetry
  • Unwanted result
  • Further surgery to correct complications

We will discuss all of the potential risks during your initial appointment. You can reduce your risk by adhering to your at-home care instructions and getting adequate rest after your surgery. Your risk is also lowered if your surgery is performed by a certified professional. Dr Broadhurst in Brisbane is a qualified and experienced surgeon who will ensure you get the care you need before, during, and after your procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for tuberous breast surgery?

Ideal candidates are generally at a stable weight and have aesthetic concerns about their fully matured breasts. Most tuberous breast surgery patients are in their 20s or 30s. If you are physically healthy and want to correct the appearance of tubular breasts, this surgery may be a good option for you. Good candidates are also non-smokers and have realistic expectations about what this surgery can offer.

What causes tuberous breasts?

Tubular breasts are caused by a malformation of breast tissue. The exact cause is unknown and could be a result of biological or environmental factors. The issue usually does not become noticeable until puberty when the breasts begin developing.

How do I know if I have tuberous breasts?

Since breast hypoplasia is an aesthetic issue, the deformity is often subjective. Many women feel that there is something wrong with the shape of their breasts or feel uncomfortable in certain clothing. A discussion with your doctor can help you identify whether you have tubular breasts and how best to treat the issue.

Can I have tuberous breast surgery and augmentation on the same day?

Yes, you can have both procedures on the same day to reduce your recovery time. However, some patients may not be suitable to have both procedures at once. You can discuss your options with your surgeon during your initial consultation.

Can tuberous breasts be treated without implants?

In some cases, surgeons can treat mild breast hypoplasia with a breast lift or fat injection. Patients with a mild grade of the deformity may find this a favourable option.

Will I have scarring?

Although surgeons use careful techniques to minimise scars, patients should expect to have some scarring after their surgery. The location of your scars will depend on how your surgery was performed. Once your incisions heal, it can take up to a year for your scars to fade to their final, light tone.
You will also be provided with silicone gel that can be applied once our nurses have reviewed you at 2 weeks post surgery.