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Conditions

Tubular Breasts

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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This whole conversation makes me so mad!!! If tubular breasts are entirely a cosmetic difference (and it is) and also fairly common. ... Then why can't we just say it like it is? These are a variation of normal boobs! I hated mine too for years because they're not "normal" but my husband loves them and I'm proud to feed my baby with them. So why should I be made to feel like a freak? "Aesthetically bizarre malformation"? Grrrrr.... Surgery is NOT needed and should not be available on the nhs imo but rather I wish it could be more widely known that boobs like ours are normal and sexy too. Oh and it would be great if bras could somehow be designed differently for us too...





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I am 35 with tubular breasts. Between the ages of 13 and 15 I lost a lot of weight, didn't eat much, and often vomited what I did eat. This was not intentional. My anxiety was always so bad at the time my stomach was always churning. I believe it was the malnourisment that caused my breasts to stop developing. I hate them!!! I had one boyfriend who complained about them all the time. My first husband loved them and my second husband doesn't care. Even so it drives me nuts. I remember being scared to show my breasts to men for the first time, fearing they would leave me. This has always bothered me and I can't stand looking like this. I have no self confidence. My mother sister and aunts all have normal breasts. Oh but not me!





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I developed tubular breasts when I was 13 years old and I hated them. I am now 17 and I love them. For every teenager/adult, male or female who is ashamed of this condition really shouldn't be. I have a boyfriend who loves all of me and frankly doesn't even notice that my breasts are different sizes, let alone different to 'normal' breasts. I thought it was a HUGE deal at first, but honestly, it really isn't and my breasts have a very large size difference one being a D and the other being AA. At first it was a NIGHTMARE finding bras to fit, but what I found helpful is that I went to my GP (who had no idea what tubular breasts were!) and she arranged a hospital appointment with a breast surgeon. During my first appointment I was told that I could have breast surgery on the NHS when I was older and my breasts had fully developed (I had just turned 16 at the time and they have grown a considerable amount in the past year)But what they did give me to use in the mean time was a breast prostheses (they surgeon told me they were normally given to breast cancer patients who had either one or both of their breasts removed) And it is amazing, it evens them out completely, it is comfortable and unnoticeable, I forget I'm wearing it half the time. You don't have to go through your GP or hospital to get one either, you can buy them online. I know some of them are quite pricey (not all of them) but in the long run, you do get your moneys worth out of them. Mines made of silicone, but I know you can get foam ones also, my prosthesis is water proof so when I want to go swimming I just find a bather with removable pads or cups and just put my prosthesis in. It makes me feel confident about myself and I can wear clothes that I couldn't before. Thinking back when I was about 14/15 I really wish I knew about them, they just make finding bras easier and less distressing. I'm still waiting for my breasts to develop fully and I'm trying to lose a bit of weight for my surgery. I'm still debating on whether I should go with the NHS or if I should pay privately (I would have to save for quite a few years but if it means better results then I don't mind)





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I'm 16 years old and have tubular breasts I've been bullied about it my entire life. The worse part is that mine I have really large boobs one is an C cup and one is an E cup so you can't hide them I've been diagnosed by a doctor but she said there's nothing she can do I feel ugly and I feel like people stare at me everywhere I go because they are so big and deformed.





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Okay ladies. I am 27 years old and I have tubular breasts and can empathize with you all. I also went through all the insecurities (especially since I have 2 older sisters with beautiful breasts). I have been told that I look weird by friends, and made fun of my entire life. I have never let it stop me from being comfortable around my boyfriend, but I can understand how you would. I went to a cosmetic surgeon today and he gave me hope of changing them. What he recommended was a vertical lift and augmentation. Also, I will not be able to go with a big implant (which I don't care about, I just want normal boobs). I am currently a size B, but he said they would look like cat woman's after surgery (which is awesome). I just wanted to let all you young ladies out there know that most guys don't care at all, and you are beautiful regardless and there is hope!! Save your money and if you cannot get past this insecurity than there is surgery that can change it, but it is pricey! They have to be very talented and great surgeons but it can be done. It will probably cost about $10k (because this is a special surgery). Just an FYI. Do not give up, and realize that what you look like does not define you! You define you! Keep your chin up!





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Just reading the above description of our breasts makes me so cross-an 'aesthetically bizarre malformation'-nice. Dr's class it as a deformity but then question our reasoning for wanting it rectified? After 21 years, I've had enough.It's not vanity, it's about feeling feminine and being able to wear the clothes that you choose to and not what your breasts dictate you wear. I will say that my breasts changed dramatically after having children so do bear that in my if you're contemplating the surgery before completing your family. Also, if you wear a padded/gel bra then put a tight fitting sports bra over the top, it will give you a fantastic (unmoving) cleavage-trust me, I have very little but this gives me a very generous C cup without the fear that they'll fall out of place in my bra and look stupid. I've scheduled a consultation and will be having the surgery, I'm so sorry there are other ladies like me suffering with this, I thought it was just me! Best of luck in whatever you all decide to do xx





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hi I'm 14 turning 15 and i'm pretty sure I have tubular breasts, it's disgusting and it's one of the things making me depressed and insecure. My boobs are small and pointy and lack tissue under the aerolas and my aerolas are huge and ive told my mum and she says im still growing but I know its not because of that. I just don't know what to do and I don't want a boyfriend in case they find out urghhh. I feel so ugly. I wish I was old enough for the surgery and it was free, its so unfair. What do I do?





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I wish surgery was free too! .. all i can say is if you want surgery, work towards saving up and while youre doing that try not to let it get you down, only talk to the people you trust most about it. You can still have a boyfriend, if theyre a decent person (and mature enough) they will be sensitive. You dont have to show them, or even tell them. You dont HAVE to do anything. Once i finally told my boyfriend i asked 'werent you wondering why i hadnt taken my bra off?' And he just shrugged and said it hadnt bothered him and he just assumed i was uncomfortable with it and that was fine.

I'm 16 and it's like you took those words straight out of my mouth :( I'm saving up for surgery but have to wait till I'm 18 + I don't feel like I could ever let a boy near me until then:( good luck!

My Partners daughter is 26 and has tubular breasts. She went to her GP and basically told her she was mentally unstable to have any type of procedure done. She is a mother of 2 and her partner has never seen her without a top on and she is so selfconcious that zhe has never been able to go to the pool with her kids. Is there anything anyone can do to help





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I was wondering if anyone has actually succeeded in receiving surgery for tubular breasts on the NHS. My daughter has been to a GP to be told that it was not available. It is heart breaking to see her so unhappy and distressed about this, It can't believe there is not help available when this condition causes such distress and anxiety.





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I was wondering if anyone has actually succeeded in receiving surgery for tubular breasts on the NHS. My daughter has been to a GP to be told that it was not available. It is heart breaking to see her so unhappy and distressed about this, It can't believe there is not help available when this condition causes such distress and anxiety.





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My daughter too has been told she cannot have surgery. She is 20 and has no breast tissue at all and cannot get funding. She is now on anti depressants as she, at times, wants to die. She says she looks like a man, disgusts herself, she feels ugly and unworthy. She says no one will ever want her because she is a freak of nature. It breaks my heart too to see her sobbing.





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