Tuberous Breast Correction
- The term ‘tuberous breasts’ refers to an inherited condition in which there is severe constriction and deformity of one or both breasts resulting in severe asymmetry.
- Depending on the severity of the asymmetry, correction of tuberous breasts can involve 1 or 2 stages.
- If mild to moderate droop (ptosis) and tissue protrusion (herniation) are present, then a breast lift, usually on both sides, is adequate.
- In severe cases, 2 stages of surgery are needed: the first involves stretching the constricted breast with a tissue expander; the second stage involves placing breast implants.
- Breast Augmentation alone is effective in adding volume to the breasts - however, this requires symmetric shape and nipple position to start.
- There are no good non-surgical options to correct tuberous breasts.
How It’s Done
- In 2 stage surgery, Dr. Rad places a tissue expander inside the constricted breast and, over the next 2 months, slowly inflates the tissue expander implant in order to stretch the breast skin.
- Three months after the first surgery, Dr. Rad then performs the second surgery in which the tissue expander is removed and implants are placed into one or both breasts.
- While a single surgery is preferred over two stages of surgery, the overall result usually is superior in the setting of two-staged correction.
- Dr. Rad works with a board certified anesthesiologist and performs surgery only in an AAAASF accredited surgery center.
What to Expect
- Both stages are outpatient surgeries taking approximately 1.5 hours to perform.
- Temporary moderate discomfort is common and is easily controlled with pain medications.
- Recovery lasts about 2 weeks.