Breasts of some women do not grow even and round as expected. Breast tubularity is a common but silenced problem among women.
If a woman’s breasts are not rounded as common, there may be various reasons behind it. One of the common deformities is tubularity, by which we mean cone-shaped breasts. They are usually puffy and swollen with nipples and protruding areola areas that look like one ball is sitting on top of another. It is quite common for there to be a big difference between the sizes of the breasts and, moreover, women complain about the lack of a cleavage because the breasts are far apart.
Although there is little public talk about tubular breasts, patients with this concern often end up in the clinic. “Working with women on a daily basis, it is clear to me that the problem is much wider than it seems. I also dare to say that the incidence of such breasts has increased drastically, “says Brit-Carmen Norlan, the manager of Christinas Clinic, who has been conducting breast consultations for 29 years.
Push-up damages a young woman’s body
In most cases, young women with tubular breasts think that their breasts are not yet fully developed, and it will probably happen in the end. In fact, tubular breasts develop during puberty and do not become rounder later on due to weight gain, weight loss, or breastfeeding.
Although the sources of the problem are not yet fully understood by medical scientists, it has been recognized that deformity can be caused by both, genetic and environmental factors.
We can consider, for example, push-up bras and wearing them at a young age to be an environmental factor. “Push-ups compress the bottom of breasts, and such compression inhibits the natural metabolic process in breasts. As a result, the lower part of the breast does not develop properly. When a breast begins to fall under the force of gravity, but there is no support under the it, the nipple and areola will not be in the middle of the breast, but will twist under the natural breast fold. That is how we get triangular breasts, “explains Norlan.
Source: Dr Tavakoli; https://www.drtavakoli.com.au/tuberous-breast-correction-sydney/
Therefore, Norlan makes it particularly important for young girls, especially during puberty, and their mothers that bras should be carefully chosen to be evenly rounded on the inside and thus allow for natural breast development.
Surgeons recommend an early intervention
Breast tubularity occurs in both, mild and severe forms. Inevitably, larger deviations tend to be accompanied by physical and psychological problems.
Firstly, the tubular breast may have a smaller number of mammary glands than usual, which makes breastfeeding difficult or impossible. Women often hear about deformity of their breasts at that stage in their lives for the first time.
Even more common than physical problems, however, is the devastating effects of a malformed breast on a woman’s mental health. Unusual breasts are often a source of embarrassment both in front of partners and in public changing rooms. Such daily worrying, shame, and discomfort lead to low self-esteem and social anxiety.
It is the heavy psychological burden and the knowledge that the problem will not be solved on its own that has led medical scientists to realize that the earlier surgery is performed, the better it will affect the patient’s mental health. Therefore, surgeons recommend going to surgery at a young age. At Christinas Clinic, we recommend that you come to the clinic when you are at least 18 years old or in case of more serious problems from the age of 16 accompanied by a parent.
It should also be noted that tubular breasts should be corrected differently than usual. The main goal of the surgery is not to get bigger breasts, but to change the shape of the breasts in such a way that there is support and a centre of gravity formed under the breasts. This means that the lower part of the breast needs to be filled with an implant or fat, while the upper part does not usually need to be filled. For such implants, the surgeon should use drop-shaped or oval ergonomic implants. The area of the areola also often needs to be adjusted, areola is usually reduced, so that the protruding and puffy form would take on a normal round shape.
“In general, patients’ satisfaction with such breast surgeries is very high,” Norlan encourages women to find a solution to their problem.
Check if you might have tubular breasts?
The symptoms may occur in one or both breasts to a greater or lesser extent.
- Breasts are rather cone-shaped than round
- A narrow breast base
- A flat upper chest
- Breasts are significantly loose or sagging
- Unusual wide gap between breasts
- Swollen or enlarged areolae
- Significant difference between breasts in size, shape, or position
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Attention! This is a healthcare service. Christinas Clinic is licensed by the Health Board, permit L04979 (Christinas Clinic Foundation). Breast surgeries are performed by Dr. Ants Viiklepp, Dr. Asko Salmi and Dr. Jyri Hukki.