There are many reasons women seek cosmetic breast surgery to feel more confident about themselves. Tubular or tuberous breasts are a relatively common condition in which breast tissue doesn’t develop fully during puberty. It can range from mild to severe and affect one or both breasts.

A tubular breast deformity can present in several ways. As breast tissue has failed to develop properly, there is often a large gap between the breasts. The breasts are often constricted at the base, so they can appear tubular or cone-like in shape and point downwards. The nipple area can often appear large and puffy. One breast can often be noticeably larger than the other.

Several different surgical techniques can be used to correct the appearance of the breasts, depending on how the tubular breast deformity presents. Tubular breast augmentation can be a highly effective solution as implants can be used to address missing volume and produce a more rounded shape to the breast. If the base of the breast is constricted, this must be released to ensure a normal breast appearance.

During surgery, your Karidis Clinic surgeon will release the constricting tissue internally, which will widen the breast base. An implant is then inserted to increase the volume of the breast and produce a rounder, more natural breast shape. If the breast is constricted, tissue expanders may initially be used to stretch the skin. Depending on what is required, they can also reduce the size of the areola or reposition it. If necessary, the breast can also be uplifted.

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Between 2 - 3 hours depending on the complexity of the surgery

Anaesthesia Used

General anaesthesia

Hospital Stay

Day case but can stay overnight if preferred

Pre Admission Tests

Blood tests, MRSA, +/- ECG, +/- mammogram/ultrasound


Up to 4 weeks


1 week


4 - 6 weeks

Final Result

4 weeks


Breast size, shape and symmetry


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FAQs for Tuberous Breast Augmentation Correction Surgery

The precise cause of tuberous breasts is unknown, and although it is thought there is a genetic link, this has not been proven. It is a congenital deformity, which means it is present from birth, but only becomes evident during puberty when the breast tissue fails to develop correctly.

The type of surgery required depends on your unique concerns. Tuberous breast augmentation with implants can be a highly effective solution, but your Karidis Clinic surgeon may also combine augmentation with uplift as another common issue with tubular breasts is significant ptosis or drooping of the breast tissue. A breast uplift can reshape and reposition the breast tissue higher on the chest wall, and the areola can be resized and reshaped simultaneously.

Tubular breasts are also often asymmetrical, with one being significantly larger or drooping than the other. The nipples may also be similarly affected. A highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon is required to ensure that the breasts are as symmetrical as possible.

If your breasts have an elongated shape with a narrow base and wide gap between the breasts or appear asymmetrical, with puffy and enlarged nipples, you are a suitable candidate for tuberous breast correction. Patients typically experience a considerable improvement in self-esteem and confidence.

Tuberous breast surgery risks are the same as any cosmetic breast surgery procedure. These include bleeding, infection, fluid build-up, and nipple and breast sensation changes. If breast implants are used, there are risks of rupture and capsular contracture, although these are relatively rare.

Although it is essential to rest and recuperate in the initial recovery period, we advise you to start moving around as soon as you feel comfortable. This can help boost your immune system and support the healing process. It is crucial to avoid any strenuous lifting or stretching during the first two weeks. Depending on your occupation, you should be able to return to work after a couple of weeks and resume light exercise after four weeks.

Tuberous breast correction surgery aims to produce a natural, symmetrical appearance to the breasts, so a normal bra should fit perfectly. However, we recommend you wear a specially designed post-surgery garment for at least six weeks before you can wear a regular bra.

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Tips from the Top

Senior Nurse Suzi says:

A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery – try drinking a fresh green juice every morning.

Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything.

Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products).

Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation.

Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal.

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