Tuberous breast correction
The shape, size and symmetry of a woman’s breasts play a role in how sensual, feminine and confident she feels. Tuberous breast shape become obvious during the early stages of puberty and can influence a woman’s psychosocial well-being well into the future.
This congenital disorder affects tissue development during puberty, resulting in small, uneven and droopy breasts. The deformity can range from mild to severe, with some women only realising that the condition is present later on in life. With surgical intervention, the breasts can be improved so that they look more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing.
Tubular breast reconstruction is not the same as general breast augmentation as it requires a more strategic approach based on each patient’s unique needs.
Aesthetic Reconstruction of Tubular Breasts
A patient’s breasts will need to have matured to their full extent before surgery can be considered. Most tubular breast reconstruction patients are in their twenties and thirties. You will also need to undergo an in-depth consultation to determine whether you would benefit from this procedure and what approach should be adopted.
To improve the appearance of the breasts, the width, symmetry and fullness of each breast is altered. This means that the surgery might include components of augmentation and a breast lift. The surgical technique that is used to achieve these results will be discussed during your consultation at Waverley House in Adelaide. Naturally, every possible step will be taken to minimise scarring but some scarring will still be present after the surgery.
Dr Rodney Cooter uses several different methods during surgery to ensure the available breast tissue is being used effectively and that the breasts are in proportion to the rest of the patient’s body. In terms of augmentation, patients can opt to use implants but fat grafting may also be an option. If breast implants will be used, Dr Cooter will take you through your options in terms of implant type, shape and size, ensuring you feel comfortable and that the results look natural. Silicone implants are generally the most popular because they produce the most natural look and feel.
The reconstructive surgery will be performed on an outpatient basis and takes about 3 hours to complete. The procedure needs to be performed under general anaesthetic but patients are free to return home on the same day unless complications arise, which is unlikely.
Recovery after Tubular Breast Reconstruction
Directly after your surgery, you will be placed in a recovery room until you are cleared to go home. Most patients are able to go home 2 hours after their procedure but will need a friend or family member to transport them since the effects of the anaesthetic may still be present.
Patients can aim to return to work a week after their procedure but should still refrain from engaging in more strenuous activities for an additional week. A post-surgical bra will be required after your surgery and any drains that are placed will be removed about 4 days after your procedure. Your breasts will appear slightly larger after your surgery due to the swelling but this will gradually subside over the coming weeks. The final breast shape will be more apparent about 12 weeks after your procedure once the breasts have settled and the tissue has healed.
In terms of exercise, light cardio activities can be resumed about a week after your surgery. Any exercises that involve your chest can only be resumed around 6 weeks after your procedure. Lower body strength training will also be possible after a week but patients should still not overdo it at this point. After 12 weeks, patients are able to resume their normal exercise routines. However, it’s always best to clear this with Dr Cooter first – your recovery is a top priority.
You will have a team of medical professionals available to you following your tuberous breast revision procedure and a follow-up visit will need to be scheduled one and six weeks after your surgery. Dr Cooter will also provide you with specific aftercare instructions that will aid in a smooth recovery. This will include instructions on sleeping, showering, wound care, exercise and self-breast examination.