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Conditions

Tubular Breasts

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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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I'm 14 and I'm really uncomfortable with my breasts. They're small and the gap is 3-4 inches wide with is extremely embarrassing. I have a 38 b cup but honestly, I feel like they're way smaller than that. I've read that the only way they can be changed is by plastic surgery, something I obviously don't want. I'm 5'11, so I'm not the height of your average teenage girl, I don't even look like one to be honest. What can I do about them?





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I'm 18 years old turning 19 in a couple of months I think I have this condition my breasts have not fully developed its so depressing because I'm still wearing a B cup. My breasts are so small and far apart and pointy it's really starting to get me down lately I look around at other people and I feel so horrible. even my younger sister (16) has bigger breasts then me it's really embarrassing and depressing I don't know what to do. I feel so manly my boyfriend accepts it and says he loves them but secretly I know he hates them. He sometimes asks me if I'm transgenger but makes out that he is joking. I can't live with this it's so depressing, I wish I had normal breasts I don't know what is wrong with me or why my breasts have not developed I feel so manly.





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which is the best treatment for tubular breasts, implants or fat transfer from lyposuction ?





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Hi I'm 20 , from the day I started growing breasts they looked very abnormal but I thought it was due to growth and the fact I was still growing and I hadn't fully produce full breasts, until around 15 I noticed my breast hadn't changed shape nor size and they had slowly grown apart. This caused me to put two bras on and stuff things down my bra to make me look like I had boobs, this use to stop me from going swimming, going on holiday and various activities, not only did I worry about my friends but also my family until one day I went on holiday with my mum and brother and step dad and we did a photo shoot and I had to put a costume on, me and my mum shared the same changing room and I didn't want to get undressed until I had no choice and my mum noticed I was wearing two bras , the humiliation was indescribable and it was not comfortable for one second wearing two bras, it was tight and caused me a lot of sores where the two straps would rub constantly and slip onto my skin! I did see a specialist when I was 16 with my mumand I was told I had tubular breasts, I was told that this wouldn't change when I got older and my only options were to either under go surgery or accept me for who i am! At 16 I don't think I was able to really make a decision , I was still young and it hadn't quite sunk in. Now I'm 20 I'm currently in a relationship 3 years next April and my boyfriend loves me for who I am, but that doesn't stop me from ever looking in the mirror and wish I had normal breasts. I don't stop buying padded bras, primark are the best, they do bras 2 cup sizes up I will never buy a bra anywhere else. My boyfriend got me a gift card for Ann summers £70 last year for Christmas, that card is still sitting in my purse, I do go in the shop but look for a second or two and walk straight out I feel like I've let my boyfriend down and my self. I have had nightmares and I have had dreams that I'll one day have boobs due to surgery. It's such a huge decision to make! Truth is my boobs are so abnormal that there's a huge gab between the two and my Areola is bigger than my actual breast and both my breasts are pointy and point out to the side of my body! I HATE THEM! I really want to undergo surgery to stop my depression, feel normal and feel like a women. Any help or advice would be very much appreciated?





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You're not alone. I'm 24 and expecting my first baby, I underwent breast surgery to try and correct my tubular breasts two years ago on the nhs and I'm still at square one. Fixing them isn't easy in my case as they are very small but very long and really far apart. They caused me to have depression for years as a teen and I think the embarrassment is actually worse now I'm a mum to be with a tummy the size of a house and none existent strange droopy boobs. I've been with my boyfriend for over four years and still feel disgusted by the thought of him seeing my boobs. I'd recommend going to a doctor. They will have seen much worse and can definitely point you in the right direction. I'm hoping as soon as I've recovered from child birth to go back to my nhs surgeon and to undergo more surgery. You don't have to live with your boobs the way they are... Help us at hand it just might take a few attempts to get them right. Don't give up hope... Your doctors can help!

I'm 23 and think that I have this condition my boobs have always been dropey and my nippers are relatively big. I've been this way all my life and even more so after having my son. I have to physically hold my breasts up to feed him it's extremely embarrassing. There is a decent size gap between my breast as well. I've never seen a doctor as I am embarrassed by this and don't have the confidence but I'd really like some advice on what I should do. Should I go to the doctor now?





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I am 14 years old and a size B. I hate the shape of them. They seem to be kind of growing apart. How can I stop them growing into tubular breasts before I stop growing??? I feel so self consious, I look weird in a bikini because of it.





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i am 15 years old and i have really saggy breasts for my age my friends take the mic because there have really nice breasts that don't sagg at all, i feel ashamed of looking at myself in the mirror everyday i was thinking about having a boob job when i get older but i need something done now, because it is so embarrassing.





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I'm 20 years old and my boobs also have this tubular shape , are far apart and my Left boob is like way bigger than the other , its like they big short saggy mini arms that have areolas and nipples at the end !!.. I hate it sooo much !! The only guy who's seen my boobs said he loves them but I feel like he just say that just to make me feel good about myself or the other guys I kept my t shirt on to avoid embarrassment .. They very saggy and have laaarge areolas then have stretch marks n some funny lumpy shxt . I hate them so much ,its very hard for me to accept them !even my mom thinks they disgusting , and my friends made fun of them when they 1st saw them . I can't even wear a bikini bra , coz they just come out on their own or have this funny appearance( ( ) ) I have a new boyfriend and I'm very scared to be intimate with him coz of them .coz I heard that guys hate it when you're insecure about your body in bed .. I just don't know .. These boobs are really holding me back !!





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Hello I have one boob bigger then the other one and it is staring to hurt.





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I think if you don't like them, if you feel ugly without a shirt on, if you feel the need to cover yourself in front of a guy, get them fixed. Now. Why deprive yourself of the best thing the female body has to offer. Don't wait until you're old and freckly. Take out a loan and pay it off before you have a mortgage and car loan and day care to pay for. Just do it. I don't know how I've lived with mine for so long but I wish I had taken care of this 20 years ago.





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I agree with this comment. If you can find a way of affording the surgery, and you really are unhappy, do it. People with hair lips get surgery - so why not tuberous breasts? It is recognised as a congenital condition. If you are happy with your body and accepting of it, feel proud of that fact. For those of us who struggle to see ourselves as beautiful, please have a little empathy. I had implants to correct this condition. Despite all the comments, I did not do it for men. I did it for me, the only problematic part of this all was that I felt I was giving in to a prescriptive un-feminist notion of female beauty. Yes in this respect I am weak, but I am still a good person who wants to feel good about herself FOR herself. I do not show off my boobs and still wear very modest clothing. Whenever anyone comments on my silhouette I downplay this as I feel uncomfortable with comments about my body. I don't want fetishised attention. It's very difficult. Love to anyone struggling with body image.


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