Tubular breasts have a very narrow base and usually a long skin envelope. Sometimes people refer to “tubular breast” shape as the shape similar to “snoopy’s nose”. In the most severe cases of tubular breast, a breast lift can be done through an incision around the areola, making the breast into a more rounded shape that the patient will be happy with. In many cases however, a lift is not necessary. The patient should be aware that the final result will take months to see and that they will need to be patient.
Dr. Pousti has considerable experience with using breast implants to improve the appearance of tubular breasts for patients.
Since Dr. Pousti has experience with tubular breast repair, many women from around the country choose to fly in to obtain his services. If you are not from our area, please visit “Fly in for Surgery” to learn more about our out-of-town accommodations and scheduling information at http://www.poustiplasticsurgery.com/flyin.htm.
The Surgical Procedure
The surgery is usually done under a light general anaesthesia and the procedure takes about two to three hours. The incision is usually confined to around the nipple entirely or beneath the crease, and can be very inconspicuous. The procedure involves making internal incisions to release the tight breast tissues, making a larger space for an implant, rounding out the lower breast crease, and correcting enlarged and protruding areola.
Placing a breast implant underneath the breast and pectoralis muscle, along with making small incisions on the inside of the breast will usually allow this tight skin to spread into a better shape. This process can take a few months but usually results in a very pleasing shape without the telltale scars of a breast lift.
During your consultation at our San Diego office and after a thorough examination, Dr. Pousti will discuss every detail of your breast augmentation, including the exact size and type of breast implants he will use and their relative advantages. This procedure to correct tubular breasts is performed on an outpatient basis at our surgical center in San Diego under general anesthesia.
What To Expect After Surgery
There will be a recovery time of 1-2 weeks just as with breast augmentation surgery for non-tubular breast patients. Bed rest, along with plenty of fluids, is necessary after surgery. Your chest will be sore. When breast implants are placed under the muscle, there is additional soreness. Dr. Pousti will prescribe appropriate pain management medications. Take your medication regularly and keep your office visits. Usually after a week, you will begin to feel back to normal.
A brassiere and bandeau will be fitted for you during your first week of recovery. These will need to be worn for a month. You will not be able to shower until your sutures are removed. Initially, breast implants will appear to be slightly higher than normal and your breasts will be swollen. Over time, the breast implants will descend to a more natural position.
Resumption Of Physical Activities
Driving may be resumed in 1-2 weeks.
Non-contact sports in 3 weeks.
Contact sports in 6 weeks.