Tuberous breast

The tuberous breast a malformation in the breast development

A tuberous breast forms because the upper and lower part of the breast develop at a different rate. The breast looks small and unshapely, it presents a higher than usual lower breast fold and oversized, pointed areolae.

We would be glad to consult on the topic of "tuberous breast correction". We would be glad to schedule an appointment for you at Clinic Beethoven­strasse AG on the phone or through our online form.

The phenomenon of the tuberous breasts is also referred to as tubular breasts. A tubular breast is often small (micromastia) and has a narrow base. The higher lower breast fold and the oversized areolae also play a role for the disharmonious look.

A tuberous breast should be operated on already after puberty, to spar young women the shame and impairment of this condition.  Dr. Colette Carmen Camenisch takes all the time you need for a personal consultation and clarifies all the options to the girl who suffers from this condition and her parents.

With surgery, the tubular breast can be newly shaped

In most cases, to correct a tuberous breast is not sufficient to operate on the tissues of the breast. To achieve an appropriate size, an implant will be necessary: the underdeveloped mammary gland will be compensated with an implant.

Subsequently, the remaining tissues are newly formed, to sculpt a shapely and natural looking breast. Women who suffer from tuberous breast or tubular breast should consider a consultation. Because this condition may be a serious psychological burden, the surgery is advisable already in younger years.

Tuberous breast surgery - what you need to know
  • Duration of the procedure

    Depending on the degree of difficulty, between 2 and 2,5 hours.

  • Hospitalization

    Dr. Colette Carmen Camenisch operates on tuberous breasts, as an ambulatory procedure, at Clinic Beethoven­strasse AG in Zurich, but also in the private clinics «Pyramide» and «Klinik Im Park». In this case, you will have to overnight at the clinic for 1 to 2 days.

  • Anesthesia

    General anesthesia

  • Sick leave

    Depending on the extent of the surgery, between 7 and 10 days.

  • Risks

    The risks of surgery include infections and postoperative hemorrhages. Aesthetically unpleasant scars and tightness may also occur. The desired augmentation cannot always be achieved with the first procedure. In some cases, a second corrective surgery may be necessary.

    Should an implant also be inserted, you may also incur in the risks of a breast augmentation procedure: visible implants, capsular contraction, and rotation of the implants.

  • Postoperative treatment

    After the surgery, you must wear a tight-fitting bra for the next 6 weeks. After this period, you may practice sports again.


  • Costs

    The costs for the surgery of tuberous breasts will be agreed upon in advance. The price is inclusive of all services, such as the consultation, the surgery, the anesthesia, the medications, the hospitalization, the follow-up controls, and all potential corrective surgical procedures. Since tuberous breasts are a birth defect, the costs of the procedure will be partially covered by your insurance.

"Even just the thought that there was a chance to give my breast a natural and feminine shape, was indescribable."

My gynecologist always used to say that my breast looked perfectly normal. But, I could never accept my breasts and there were times where I could not even look myself in the mirror. When I finally changed gynecologists, my new one recommended a visit with a plastic surgeon. I found the clinic «Pyramide» online, which made a very good impression. Before my first visit with Dr. Camenisch, I was nervous, but I felt in good hands right from the start. Dr. Camenisch barely looked a minute at my breasts, before diagnosing a tuberous breast, a malformation, which could be corrected with a surgical procedure.

After all those, years, finally good news! Dr. Camenisch warned me about all possible risks, but my hope overcame all my doubts. Even just the thought that there was a chance to give my breasts a natural and feminine shape, was indescribable. The surgery, in September of 2014, proceeded perfectly. The scars are healing, and the breast feels more natural with each passing day. Moreover, the fact that my insurance covered the costs in full, was the definitive proof that my breast did not have a natural shape. This procedure was the best decision of my life. I have never felt so happy.

Miss S. O. – Breast surgery

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