Getting a bra that fits is enough of an ordeal as it is without being told that your boobs are a funny shape. Tubular breasts are in fact pretty common, though shouldn’t be confused with Tubular Bells – everyone’s favourite 1973 concept album. Tubular breasts are caused by a lack of development in the breast tissue during puberty which leads to the aesthetically bizarre malformation that can see breasts grow asymmetrically as well as been particularly droopy and unusually far apart. The term ‘tubular breast’ comes from the tube-like appearance that afflicted breasts may take. In contrast to the cone-shaped Madonna-style bosom that is deemed regular the base of a tuberous breast is very narrow with a long skin envelope. The malformation can affect one or both breasts and is only cosmetic in its irregularity, but can often cause low self esteem which could lead to other mental health related problems. The condition is most commonly corrected with a surgical procedure that typically involves either implants or tissue expansion. Breast surgery is a major operation which will take weeks to heal and goes with all the usual risks of major surgery, so no decisions should be gone into lightly.
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