Tuberous Breast Diagnosis and Treatment


Posted by Dr. Hardesty


The goal of this post is to describe the typical appearance of a tuberous breast and treatment options.

Description and Characteristics

Tuberous breast deformity received its name because the breast often looked like tubers (a vegetable). It’s a clinical diagnosis that can present from a minimal to significant deformity. It’s also congenital (born with it) and has a variable inheritance pattern.



A tuberous breast’s typical characteristics range on a spectrum and can include some, many or all of the following:


  1. Enlarged and puffy nipple areola complex (NAC)
  2. Unusually wide spacing between the breasts
  3. Minimal breast tissue
  4. Sagging (ptosis)
  5. A higher than normal breast fold
  6. A constricted narrow breast base on the chest wall, resulting in disproportional breast shape (tuber)
  7. Asymmetry of the breasts

There is often a wide and varying spectrum of presentation and the appearance of the breasts can be quite different.

Treatment Options 

Treatment varies depending on the how the breasts look and the desires of the patient.

This includes but is not limited to the following:

  1. Breast augmentation with implants
  2. NAC reduction
  3. Release of the constricted breast base
  4. In severe cases, breast tissue expansion
  5. Amastopexy (breast lift)
  6. A combination of above


As said, tuberous breasts have a wide spectrum of presentations or appearances. While rare, they are not unusual. Depending on the desired look and other patient desires, standard plastic surgery techniques can be used to significantly improve the size, shape and appearance of the breasts.



The Staff of Imagine Plastic Surgery serving many of the communities of the greater Inland Empire including but limited to Riverside, CA and Inland Empire, Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Corona, Upland, and Chino Hills.

One Goal, Many Options

The most important factor to consider for your procedure or treatment is seeking the opinion and services of a skilled, experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who are experts in techniques. The Imagine Plastic Surgery team uniquely provides the full array of both non surgical and surgical alternatives thus filling our motto of “One Goal, Many Options.” For over 30 years Dr. Hardesty, an award winning, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, has proudly been serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties of the Inland Empire and the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Upland, Corona, Chino Hills and Redlands. For over 30 years Dr. Hardesty and the Staff of Imagine Plastic Surgery have provided comprehensive Cosmetic Plastic Surgery services and procedures to Riverside and San Bernardino counties of the Inland Empire and the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Upland, Corona, Chino Hills and Redlands.

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