Tubular breasts (tubular breasts): when to operate?

Tubular breasts are also called tubular breasts and this means that the breasts have a narrow and elongated shape due to an anatomical deformity. It is a congenital condition and it becomes apparent when breast formation occurs differently than normal. Women who suffer from this often feel very unhappy and unfeminine. Breast surgery can offer a solution for them. What exactly does surgery entail and what can the patient expect?

What exactly are tubular breasts?

Tubular breasts, also called tubular breasts, have a very narrow base making them widely spaced with a tubular shape. It is not yet clear why the breasts are like this, but it is a congenital defect. The size and shape of the breast can vary greatly. The condition may also occur in one breast. Women with small breasts sometimes have the shape known as Snoopy’s nose . In some cases the breast is not fully developed. The woman can be very unhappy with this and not feel feminine. If there is a serious deformity, a breast lift can be performed.

What can be done about it?

Based on the abnormality and severity, the best treatment will be determined. Some women may have their breasts filled with fatty tissue. If breast surgery is chosen, a number of medical examinations will take place. During the procedure, a breast lift is usually also performed in which an incision is made around the areola. The breasts can be made into a more rounded shape. In many cases, implants are chosen. A breast lift is not always necessary. After the operation it sometimes takes months before the final result is visible.

Before the operation

The surgeon will discuss with the patient what will happen and point out the risks and what you can expect from the procedure. Because the situation is different per case, the intervention will be tailor-made. Ten days before the operation, the patient should stop taking aspirin, herbal teas, vitamins and blood thinners. It is better for the patient to stop smoking, but if that is not possible, smoking should not be done for eight hours prior to the operation. The patient is then no longer allowed to eat or drink.

The procedure

The operation usually takes place under light anesthesia and takes an average of two to three hours. If possible, the incision will only be made around the nipple, so that as little of it as possible is visible after the operation. If this is not possible, an incision will be made under the fold of the breast. The breast tissue is loosened to create space for an implant, usually under the pectoral muscle, or to give another shape to the breast. Incisions are made as much as possible on the inside of the breast so that as few scars as possible are visible. Absorbent sutures are used, so they do not have to be removed. After the procedure, the patient must remain under medical supervision for another day.


As with any operation under anesthesia, it can involve risks. Overall it is a safe operation. Major risks for the adjustment of the areola that can occur are: infections, bleeding, fluid retention and loss of sensation in the nipple. After the operation, discomfort and pain may occur for a while. The loss of sensitivity may be present immediately after surgery and gradually disappear over a period of 3 to 5 days.

The recovery

Usually a recovery time of six weeks to six months is needed to see the end result. It can take up to a year for the scars to disappear. A special bra must be worn during the first month after the procedure. During the first period it is forbidden to sleep on your stomach. Physical activities should be avoided at first. It may take up to six weeks before you can exercise again. After the operation, the breasts are often very painful and the patient must rest a lot. Of course, recovery also depends on the severity of the procedure. This will be coordinated with the doctor. A patient can often return to work after 1 to 2 weeks. The patient is then usually able to drive a car again. In the beginning, any implants may be higher and the breasts will be somewhat swollen. This will descend to a normal position and shape over time.


The costs vary and it depends on the type of procedure that will take place. An amount should be taken into account from approximately EUR 2,300 for an all-inclusive treatment. In addition, the costs of any implants cost approximately EUR 1,000. Because this procedure is tailor-made, the price may differ.

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