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Tuberous breasts (breast hypoplasia) can result from congenital deformities in certain women in adolescence. The exact cause of this condition is unknown. While only a fraction of breast augmentation clients will experience tuberous breasts (1-5%), clients with this issue deserve a solution that will help them to feel confident, beautiful and secure. Dr. Heil can perform surgery to correct breast abnormalities, improving both the aesthetics of the breasts, and their function.

What are tuberous breasts?

Tuberous breasts suffer from a herniation of the nipple complex. The area may appear collapsed with enlarged areolas. Instead of looking round and shapely, tuberous breasts may be elongated or pointy, and suffer from noticeable asymmetry. While many women pursue correction surgery to address the cosmetic aspects of tuberous breasts, others may undergo the procedure to help ensure they are able to properly breastfeed their children.

Surgery to correct tuberous breasts is typically performed in two steps. The first stage is to release constricted breast tissue that is causing a shrunken appearance. A small incision is then made through which the doctor will insert a tissue expander, and eventually, breast implants. A breast lift can be performed at this point as well to help improve the overall projection and angle of the nipples.

Characteristics of tuberous breast deformity include:

  • Enlarged areolas
  • A gap of more than 1.5 inches between the breasts
  • Reduced breast tissue
  • Breast ptosis
  • Asymmetry
  • Compromised inframammary fold

What are the benefits of treatment?

  • Improved appearance in the breasts
  • Correction of breast asymmetry
  • Reduced areola size
  • Correction of the inframammary fold
  • A more pleasing nipple placement and projection
  • Restoration of breastfeeding function
  • Enhanced self-confidence
  • Increased wardrobe options
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What can I expect from recovery?

After tuberous breast correction surgery, patients typically spend one night in the hospital to undergo observation and ensure there are no complications or health concerns. Dr. Heil will provide you with a thorough aftercare plan upon your release, as well as prescriptions for pain medications. Recovery will be slightly more involved for those who underwent a breast augmentation procedure with a tissue expander and implants than for those who merely underwent a breast lift.

Most clients can return home after one day, being careful to temporarily avoid strenuous exercise, sports and heavy lifting. You may be fitted with a compression garment to help reduce your swelling and keep your new breast shape intact. Drains may be placed after surgery to help escort excess fluids from the body, but these will be removed within about 7 days.

Meet Your Surgeon

Dr. Brian V. Heil revealed his outstanding talents during his education, achieving his medical degree at the top of his class. He advanced his education at one of the nation’s most revered plastic surgery training programs.

Over his years in practice, Dr. garnered a reputation for excellence in plastic surgery, hair restoration, and non-surgical enhancements. Your treatments will be performed by a true professional in the field of plastic surgery, who is warm, genuine, and is dedicated to achieving superior results.

Why choose Dr. Heil?

Dr. Heil received his Doctor of Medicine Cum Laude (Alpha Omega Alpha) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, following up with a challenging five-year residency in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He then completed an elite Fellowship in the delicate and complex field of Microsurgery and Thrombosis Research at the University Medical Center of Pittsburgh, among the country’s top training institutions.

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