Tuberous Breast Surgery

Procedure Snapshot

This procedure creates a full, rounded shape, normal breast crease, and proportioned nipple for tuberous breasts (breasts that are narrow, elongated, sit high on the chest, and often have “puffy” nipples). When Dr. Parker performs tuberous breast correction surgery at his Paramus, New Jersey, practice, he often includes a breast lift, with or without an implant, or a breast reduction.

Cost & Recovery

  • $11,030 to $13,100 (with implants)
  • Patients typically return to work about 1 week after surgery.

Quick Facts

  • Breast implants alone typically will not improve the shape of a tubular breast.
  • The prevalence of tuberous breast disorder is unknown because it often goes undiagnosed.
  • study published in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery found that approximately 50% of women who seek breast augmentation or breast reduction have the disorder to some degree in at least one breast.

Correction of Tubular Breasts
 Before & After Photos


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Correction of Tubular Breasts
 Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Breast Lift with Implants Case 465 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #465

This 27 year old African American patient was referred to Dr. Parker by her mother, also a patient of Dr. Parker. She was concerned by the small size of her breasts. Currently, she is a small B cup and would like to be a full C cup. Additionally, she has had difficulty with clothing due to the unusual shape of her breasts. Dr. Parker pointed out... Read More
Breast Augmentation Case 402 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #402

This 22 year old patient requested improvement in the appearance of her breasts. She did not like the way they looked before pregnancy and liked them even less after her child was born. Before seeking help to improve her breasts, she had waited 6 months after giving birth and she had returned to her pre-pregnancy weight. The patient is 5’8″... Read More
Correction of Tubular Breasts Case 904 Before & After View #5 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #904

This patient presented with tuberous breasts (parenchymal maldistribution). Dr. Parker performed all of the corrections described above to improve the shape and appearance of both breasts.
Breast Lift with Implants Case 475 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #475

This 20 year old was referred to Dr. Parker by another patient and requested improvement in the appearance of her breasts. She was currently an A cup and wanted to be a full C cup. The patient is 5′ 7″ tall and weighs 145 pounds. Dr. Parker explained to the patient during her consultation that she has tuberous breasts, and that this would... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Page Contents

What Causes Tuberous Breasts?

Tuberous breasts, also called tubular breasts, are caused by a genetic abnormality that interferes with breast development during puberty. This condition can affect one or both breasts.

Breasts are composed of glandular tissue and fat (together called parenchyma) connected to the skin by suspensory ligaments. With tuberous breast deformity, a form of parenchymal maldistribution, the breast lacks fullness in the lower portion and does not develop into the typical rounded shape because it is constricted by:

  • Fibrous bands within the breast tissue
  • Tight skin
  • The inframammary fold

Instead, the breasts end up high, narrow, and elongated.

Dr. Paul Parker

Paul M. Parker, M.D., FACS

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Known for his surgical talent and caring personality, Dr. Parker has been serving the community for over 25 years. He has dedicated his practice to the education, safety, and comfort of his patients—making each one feel as important as family.

The Aesthetic Society; American Society of Plastic Surgeons; International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; The Rhinoplasty Society
The Aesthetic Society; American Society of Plastic Surgeons; International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; The Rhinoplasty Society

What Is Considered a Tuberous Breast Deformity?

Tuberous breast deformity involves various degrees of any of the following:

  • Lack of fullness in the lower portion of the breast
  • Elongated, cylindrical breast shape
  • Constricted breast base
  • Widely set apart breasts
  • High inframammary fold and a relatively short distance from the fold to the areola
  • Oversized, puffy areolas

Patients with tuberous breasts can have mild to more severe parenchymal maldistribution (see illustration). The severity of the breast shape distortion will dictate the extent of correction needed.

Tuberous breasts diagram
Classification of tuberous breast deformity:
Type I: hypoplasia (lack of breast tissue) of the lower medial quadrant
Type II: hypoplasia of the lower medial and lateral quadrants
Type III: constricted breast growth in all four quadrants

How Do You Fix Tuberous Breasts?

Dr. Parker will typically use a periareolar incision (around the areola) to make one or more of the following corrections:

  • Release the constricting fibrous bands in the lower portion of the breast
  • Lower the breast crease (inframammary fold)
  • Lengthen the distance from the breast crease to the nipple/areola
  • Reduce and reshape the areola
  • Insert a breast implant to provide desired fullness
  • Perform a breast lift or breast reduction

Tubular breast correction is a highly personalized procedure, so Dr. Parker will review his recommended surgical plan with you at your consultation.

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About Your Procedure

Our free cosmetic consultations include plenty of time with Dr. Parker, our patient care coordinator, and our imaging specialist. Once your procedure is booked, our nurse educator will meet with you for a special 1-hour pre-op education session.

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What Is Involved in Tuberous Breast Surgery?

Tuberous breast surgery is usually performed using general anesthetic administered by one of our board-certified anesthesiologists in our fully certified, private surgical center, Surgiplex, LLC. Typically, the surgery takes 2 to 4 hours to perform, depending on the extent and complexity of the procedure. You will be able to go home about 1 hour after surgery, wearing a soft, supportive bra.

How Much Does Tuberous Breast Correction Cost in New Jersey?

Here at Parker Center in Paramus, NJ, the price of tuberous breast surgery with implants ranges from $11,030 to $13,100. Your total price will depend on your goals and the extent of surgery needed to achieve your desired results. We will provide an all-inclusive, individualized price quote at your consultation, including surgeon’s fees, operating room and anesthesia costs, pre- and post-op visits, surgical garments, breast implants (if applicable).

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What Do Tuberous Breast Surgery Scars Look Like?

Dr. Parker makes every effort to use limited incisions and minimize scarring while achieving an aesthetically pleasing breast shape. The extent of incisions necessary is determined by the amount of correction Dr. Parker needs to make to the breast and nipple. In most cases, he performs tuberous breast surgery using a periareolar incision that encircles the areola.

We will show you before & after pictures of patients like you who have undergone tuberous breast surgery to help educate you about the possibilities. We are committed to patient education at Parker Center, having found it to be a major factor in giving our patients the best surgical experience possible.

How Long Is Recovery After Tuberous Breast Surgery?

Tuberous breast correction varies widely with the severity of the condition, so the recovery varies with the extensiveness of correction. Because the surgery is often more invasive than a typical breast lift, augmentation, or reduction, there may be more swelling and a longer recovery. In general, patients are ready to return to work or school within about a week.

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Rapid Recovery Program

Our surgical procedures, anesthesia, medications, and aftercare are tailored to minimize post-operative discomfort and accelerate recuperation.

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What Is My Next Step?

To meet with Dr. Parker and his team in Paramus, New Jersey, and discuss your breast augmentation options, request a free cosmetic consultation using our online form or call (201) 967-1212 for an appointment. We also offer free cosmetic consults over phone or video with our nurse coordinator if you prefer to start with this option.