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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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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.

I'm 16 years old and have tubular breasts, or atleast i assume i do judging from the fact that my breasts look almost exactly like the ones of the woman who appeared on the show with them. I always assumed that the way they look was because of my weight or my age and that as I got older they would gain a more conventional shape. I was just wondering if they will get any better naturally or not because I really struggle with finding bras that fit well and comfortably





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Hi hun. I'm almost 29 and my experience is they don't change. However, I have learned to accept that this is just how I was made. I have been fortunate enough to give birth to three healthy children and breastfeed them all. Not to mention my amazing husband who loves me regardless. The bra thing is tricky - I lived in padded bras for years but now wear snug fitting soft cup bras as they work best in my opinion. I would also wear two (yes, two!) if I wanted even a hint of cleavage. You're not alone and I wish you all the best.

I'm only 16 going to 17 in another month and I'm not certain if i have tubular breasts. They are the same size (16D) but are fairly far apart, the areolas are huge, and the nipples are deformed, slightly elongated, and on each breast they seem to be split (like there is two joined together). I feel really self conscious of my breasts and even though they are a fairly normal size i just can't bring myself to wear a bikini or low necked tops in front of other people without another top on in the fear of them seeing my overly large areolas or stretch marks that cover around 75-80% of the rest of my breasts. Am i just worrying over nothing? should i see a GP? and will it effect breast feeding later on in life?





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my boob is long and when i wear a bra it does not fit what should i do





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I have tubular breasts and it has caused me to be depressed and cover up.i am very self conscious over it. I know people say you should love your body but I find that very hard.





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Wow I honestly thought there was something wrong with my boobs always thinking why me what's wrong with me and it gets me very down and depressed not to mention uncomfortable with my partner of 8yrs.Im so glad that this is more common than I thought,thought I was the only woman to have tubular breast with the areoles the size of 3 fingers in size.





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i am 20years old and my booby is growing long ways and i wear a tight supportive bra aslo i have streatch marks i tried everything can any help m plz?





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