Tubular Breasts

Other NameTuberous
MYA Patient Satisfaction96%*
ImplantsMentor Implants
Procedure Time45 min - 1.5 hours
Return To Work1 week
Recovery Time6 weeks

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Procedure Overview

Tubular breasts can present in one or both breasts and the physical features can range from mild to severe. During breast development, excess tissue forms in the areola (the skin around the nipple) and there is a lack of breast tissue in the lower pole of the breast, often causing the breasts to form a cone-like shape with enlarged or puffy areolas. The condition is common in many women and often goes unidentified due to the lack of knowledge and information around tubular breasts. Historically patients have reached out to the NHS for corrective procedures such as tubular breast correction, but in recent years these procedures are no longer offered as part of funding on the NHS.

What are Tubular Breast?

Tubular breasts, also known as tuberous breast syndrome, is a condition in which breast tissue doesn’t develop fully during puberty and the mammary glands stop growing, resulting in abnormal development in the shape and size of the breasts. Tubular boobs can occur during puberty, when there is abnormal development in the shape and size of the breasts and early growth is limited. The condition can present itself in one or both breasts and can range from mild to severe. The breast tissue usually forms in the nipple area and there is a lack of breast tissue in the lower pole of the breast, often causing enlarged or puffy areolas and the breasts to form a cone-like shape.


Tubular breast features and characteristics

What are the features of Tubular Breasts?

Tubular breast have varying characteristics not just underdeveloped breasts. Tubular breasts can range from mild to severe, typical characteristics include: enlarged or puffy areolas (area around the nipples), unusually wide spacing between the breasts, minimal breast tissue, sagging (ptosis), higher than normal breast fold, asymmetry and narrow base at the chest wall. Every patient's breasts are different, some may only have mild characteristics of tubular breasts and others may have multiple characteristics. 


How can Tubular Breasts be treated?

Tubular breast correction is a popular procedure in the UK, for patients who are looking to achieve a fuller, more rounded breast shape. It is not uncommon for each breast to be slightly different and may require different procedures and implant sizes. Depending on the severity of the patient’s tubular breast(s), one of our highly skilled surgeons will recommend the best treatment plan for them. 

Our expert tubular breast surgeons will reduce the size of the areola and increase the upper fullness and size of the breasts, often with the use of a breast implant. The aim of tubular breast correction is to reduce the size of enlarged or puffy areolas, increase breast fullness and create a more rounded shape.  

Most patients are recommended a straightforward breast enlargement to improve the appearance of their tuberous breasts. However, in some cases a breast enlargement will be combined with a nipple lift, reduction or mastopexy (uplift) to correct the shape of the breast and nipple and achieve the patient’s desired outcome.  

Tubular breast correction procedures can take between 1-2 hrs and are performed under general anaesthetic. Depending on personal preference and surgeon recommendations, patients have the option to be a day patient or stay overnight to recover in one of our MYA hospitals. 

Are you unsure if you have a form of tubular breasts? Take a look at your amazing before and after images below and arrange your FREE eConsult today! 

Tubular breast development diagram

What procedures treat Tubular Breasts?

Each breast will be treated as a separate procedure and the surgeon may recommend a combination of procedures or two different implant sizes. In severe cases, a two staged surgery is performed, but in most instances it is possible to complete the surgery in one stage. 

  • Breast Enlargement (Breast Augmentation)
  • Breast Uplift (Mastopexy)
  • Breast Augmentation with Mastopexy
  • Breast Augmentation with Modified Mastopexy
  • Nipple Lift
  • Nipple Reduction

How much does Tubular Breast surgery cost?

A tubular breast correction procedure with MYA can cost anywhere from £5,795. Tubular breast procedure costs are tailored to individual requirements, and you will receive a fixed price following your surgeon assessment. At MYA our in-house Funding Solutions Team offer a range of payment options for patients interested in finance. Learn more about your finance options.


*Patient Satisfaction taken from PHIN.org.uk (Private Healthcare Information Network)

Before & After

Below is a small selection of some of the tubular breast correction work that our MYA surgeons have performed. See more photos when you attend your initial eConsult. Please bear in mind that all photos are taken at 6 weeks post-op and scarring will continue to fade up to a year after surgery,

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