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Once a woman hits puberty, the breasts begin to develop, a natural part of any young woman’s growth. However, for some, as this phase progresses, the breasts fail to grow in the typical round, full development that is usually seen. As the breasts develop abnormally, women will notice disproportionate nipples, or long, tube-shaped, unusually-pointy breasts. These are called tuberous breasts.

Tuberous Breasts, Signs And Causes

Women with tuberous breasts have all or some of the following:

  • Pointy breasts
  • Breasts that lack volume
  • Disproportionate nipples
  • Under-developed breasts
  • Tube-shaped breasts instead of the usual full teardrop shape
  • Prominent, enlarged areolas

If your breasts are small or somewhat pointy, they are not likely tuberous. Tuberous breasts are unusually shaped, a specific condition that is inherited genetically. The breasts are constricted at the base, which is what causes them to look long or misshapen and have prominent, disproportionate nipples or enlarged areolas. The look of tuberous breasts is not the same as typically small breasts or a somewhat larger nipple and areola area. 

During puberty, a thick band of fibrous tissue grows at the base of the breast. This band of tissue is the cause of the widely varied and sometimes severe results when it comes to breast shape and symmetry.

Visually, this is often quite a concern for women on the cosmetic level, which can impact their confidence and self-esteem. Clothes may not fit well and proper bras are usually a challenge.

Breastfeeding can also be a concern if the fibrous tissue causes a lack of milk gland development. In those cases, women may not be able to produce enough milk to breastfeed their children.

Candidates For Tuberous Breast Correction

Women with enlarged or puffy areolas, limited amounts of breast tissue especially at the base of the breasts, an unusually wide amount of space between the breasts, or misshapen, pointy, or asymmetrical appearance of the breasts are likely good candidates for tuberous breast correction.

Good candidates for tuberous breast correction meet the following criteria:

  • Are nonsmokers
  • Are in good health
  • Desire more naturally-shaped breasts
  • Have realistic expectations for the results of this procedure
  • Have breasts that have stopped growing (this could be as young as 16)
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What Is The Tuberous Breast Correction Procedure


As a first step, you will have a consultation with Dr. Kahng, who will examine your breasts in detail. Dr. Kahng will discuss your medical history, your present condition, and your options for treatment. This is also a chance for him to discuss questions or topics that are important to you. During this time you can decide whether to get a simultaneous breast lift and/or augmentation during the breast correction procedure to further enhance your breasts or not.

For those who want augmentation, Dr. Kahng will lay out the implant options in detail, giving you a chance to see and feel these. He will also detail the fat transfer breast augmentation method, which may be chosen instead of implants. Dr. Kahng will help you decide on your best option based on your physique, proportions, and personal goals for your breasts.


The surgery is done under general anesthesia and takes 2-3 hours to complete. The fibrous band of tissue at the base of your breasts is surgically released, thus stopping it from contorting or restricting the growth of the breasts.

This helps to reshape your breasts. For those who are having a breast lift during the procedure, your breasts will be further reshaped and lifted by Dr. Kahng.

For breast enhancement, implants will be inserted and placed, or a fat transfer will be performed, based on your earlier decisions in consultation with Dr. Kahng.

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Based on your consultation, Dr. Kahng will create a treatment plan specifically for you to achieve the balanced, attractive breasts you want. If you have decided on breast augmentation with implants, this plan will include the type of implants you choose from the variety available at Cara Plastic Surgery. Dr. Kahng will discuss each type with you and make a recommendation based on your vision for your breasts and your current proportions and physique. Once the details of your procedure are agreed upon, you will have time to prepare for the surgery itself.

Two weeks before your tuberous breast surgery, you will visit the office and receive your prescriptions for medications to be taken before and after surgery. You will review the pre- and postoperative instructions and have any further questions answered. Routine lab testing is ordered, and any required breast imaging studies are obtained. For those receiving breast augmentation, sizing exercises are done with a special bra.

For the next two weeks until the surgery, avoid any type of blood thinners, including aspirin, ibuprofen, and other medications or supplements that may have that effect.

Recovery After Tuberous Breast Surgery

Once the surgery is complete, Dr. Kahng and his staff are available to you at any time. You will have a follow up after the first week, then another at six weeks. After one year, Dr. Kahng will want to see you again to be completely certain your breast health and results are exactly what you want them to be.

What to expect as you recover:

  • You will have drain tubes for 4-5 days and wear a surgical bra. For the first two weeks, your breasts may feel firm and swollen.
  • After about a week, you may drive, go to work and continue with your usual activities. Do be sure to take it easy and refrain from any rigorous or demanding exercise until three weeks have passed.
  • Your breasts will heal and resettle over the next three months. At that point, you will be able to enjoy the final shape and size of your new breasts.
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Why Choose Dr. Kahng For Tuberous Breast Correction?

Tuberous breasts can be emotionally painful and embarrassing for women. The effect on their physique and confidence is often very personal. Dr. David Kahng is an understanding and caring surgeon who is sensitive to the unique needs of his patients, works with them to help them understand all of their options, and treats each individual with the importance they deserve.

Dr. Kahng is a highly-skilled surgeon at the top of his field who is known for excellence and outstanding abilities in breast enhancement. This important surgery should only be done with a surgeon you can trust, whose long experience, accomplished credentials, and understanding patient care have caused patient after satisfied patient to highly recommend him. Call for a consultation about tuberous breast correction and begin your journey to the breasts you desire.

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