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Tuberous Breast Correction

Tuberous breasts are naturally occurring in some women, and this condition can affect the attractiveness of the breasts. Tuberous breast development can cause drooping or asymmetry, creating unbalanced breast proportions. The procedures to treat tuberous breasts are similar to other breast enhancing techniques, but they are tailored to treat the underlying issues causing your poor breast appearance.

What Are Tuberous Breasts?

what are tuberous breasts


In balanced breasts, there is an even distribution of tissue behind the nipple-areola complex that produces fullness in the upper and lower poles. However, tuberous breasts lack this balanced distribution. Instead, fibrous bands develop and restrict the base of the breasts, pushing breast tissue towards the areola. The lower pole of the breasts may appear underdeveloped. Breast drooping or asymmetry can occur due to the restriction of the lower breast tissue.

* The procedures to treat tuberous breasts are similar to other breast enhancing techniques, but they are tailored to treat the underlying issues causing your poor breast appearance.

Treatment Options

Breast Lift

Drooping caused by tuberous breasts can often be improved through a breast lift. Lifting the breasts may help improve their position and projection. In most cases, a peri-areolar incision can be used to treat the breasts. This incision is aimed to blend with the coloured border of the areola, which may help keep scarring to minimum visibility but every person's different and some patients will have more noticeable breast surgery scars than others.

Breast Augmentation


Addressing Your Concerns


Every patient responds to surgery differently so recovery can vary greatly. You may experience bruising, redness, and swelling after your surgery. A fitted dressing or compression garment will help support the breasts for the first week. You should avoid strenuous physical activity and rest in a reclined position to improve circulation.

The majority of patients return to work within one to two weeks post-surgery. A support bra is to be worn for two to three weeks following your surgery or as advised. You may resume your regular exercise routine after four to six weeks with your surgeon’s permission.


Every patient scars differently so expect variability. Some patients will have more visible or noticeable scars than others. When possible, incisions are placed in discreet locations that result in little scarring. Breast lift patients may develop more visible scarring than breast augmentation patients. However, any scarring that may develop is likely to fade over time for the majority of patients.


The cost of tuberous breast correction surgery is highly variable and will differ between patients. The breast enhancement technique, hospital fees, anaesthesia fees, and extent of correction will all affect the ultimate cost of your procedure. The exact cost of your procedure will be decided after a detailed consultation with your surgeon.


Correction surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, and there is zero pain felt during the procedure. The first few days post-surgery may be accompanied by some discomfort, especially following a breast augmentation. All associated pain can be controlled using prescribed oral medication.

Before & Afters


Frequently Asked Questions About Tuberous Breast Correction

Is general anaesthesia always used during surgery?

Many patients prefer general anaesthesia for their breast correction surgery. However, for qualifying patients who wish to avoid the side effects, local anaesthesia may be used.

How do I determine which breast procedure I need?

If you are unhappy with your breast appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr McManamny. He will help you determine which breast enhancement technique will suit you the best depending on your aesthetic goals and breast issues.

How long will my results last?

Breast augmentation and breast lift to correct tubular breast problems are both designed to provide long-lasting results. Natural changes may occur over time, including after pregnancy and breastfeeding, which can affect the quality of your results. However, most women are completely satisfied with their breast appearance for years following their surgery.

What about the RISKS of plastic surgery?

Yes, any invasive procedure such as tuberous breast surgery DOES carry RISKS. Some patients will have higher risks than others. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner (a FRACS qualified Plastic Surgeon recognised by AHPRA). Please be sure you review ALL materials provided to you about your surgery risks and ask questions or voice any concerns BEFORE proceeding, and never have surgery to please someone else. It is also imperative you DO NOT SMOKE and that you follow your Surgeon's pre-op and post-op instructions including wearing any recommended post-op garments as advised. Please also be aware that surgery experiences, recovery time frames, results, incision line placement and scars can vary significantly from patient to patient. For a general overview, review the plastic surgery risks page.

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