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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 18, will be 19 in a month, and discovering that tubular breasts is a real thing was both a relief and very upsetting. I've hated my breasts since I first developed early in my life. I always hoped that they would fill out like all the other girls, but unfortunately that day never came for me. Then I found out on the internet that this is a real condition/deformity. The men I've been with have had no issue with my breasts, but I think to guys boobs are boobs... I just hate how deceiving my breasts are in a bra. All of the breast tissue is on the top, rather than underneath (no underboob), so my boobs look just fine in bras, especially push up bras... but then I take the bra off and expose my stupid looking boobs. Like a couple of you said, my boobs look a lot better when my nipples are erect. But a majority of the time my areola is a big puffy mound that really makes my breasts have that "tube" or "cone" shape. I desperately want to go through with a breast augmentation because as confident as I have learned to be with myself, I just can't get past not having normal breasts. It's really a shame how expensive it has to be. I don't know how to make it happen.





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I am 22 years old and always knew there was something different about my breasts, when comparing to other females. It especially hurt when I had my son and I didn't have proper breasts to breast feed. I couldn't store enough milk because, based upon what I've read, I didn't have enough glands. I recently (2 days ago) stumbled across an article in a magazine where a womans breasts looked identical to mine!! She had this tuberous breast deformity and finally I felt overjoyed to know I wasn't alone. I have never had too many problems with body issues but would loooovvee to get these corrected and then placed with implants. I just wanted to say this article, and others I have found, helped out a tremendous amount.





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Hey, im 18 years old and i am pretty sure i have tubular breasts... my breast look normal when erected but when tbey are not they make me unhappy and i have a boyfriendsuppose i show him and he breaks up with me or something i will be devasted and my 14 year old sister has regular breasts and i dont sigh.... if they donf improve i might take surgery





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I'm 19 and I have the same problem. :( I have been noticing it for a couple of years...my friend's mum is a breast surgeon and she examined mine and said that I should wait until I'm 24 before going for implants or any other surgery. But frankly I wish there was a natural way to fix it. My boyfriend loves me a lot but i still feel super conscious. All his exes are pretty hot.

I'm 17 and have tubular breasts. I hate it. my mum and sister used to take the mickey until they saw how upset I was... how much does surgery cost? as I would love to get it done.





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I'm 20 years old and I've only just found out about tubular breasts. I've suffered with this ever since I first developed breasts, as someone previously commented I was also teased because of my "coney" shaped breasts. I always thought it was just because I have small boobs and my mother told me that with age they'd fill out but they haven't. When my nipples are erect my breasts look perfectly normal but when not erected they look ridiculous. I read that breasts can take anything up to 10 years and some women didn't have fully developed breasts until they were 20-25, i then read that although breast may seem fully developed they don't reach full maturity until pregnancy, this is how I know I have tubular breasts as I had a baby a year ago and I feel like my breasts are "conier" than ever! I can't bear to look at my naked body in the mirror and I have to wear two push up bras just to give myself the tiniest bit of confidence this causes me to have back aches and often feel constricted with my breathing and I often get laughed at if anyone notices that I'm wearing 2 bras and its incredibly difficult during foreplay as I have to keep my husband away from that area so that he doesn't notice that I'm wearing 2 bras . My husband says he loves my body and my breasts and that does make me slightly better about myself but I don't think I can ever learn to love my body until my breasts are the shape I want them to be. I've found relief in the fact that I'm not the only woman out there with this and it actually has a name but I'm disheartened by the fact that surgery is my only route but needs must. I've never been proud of my body and its about time I was. If anyone on here has sought help/surgery from the NHS could you please share with me your experiences. I've suffered from depression for 7 years now and I feel that this is something I need then I can chuck out the push up bras and start wearing only one bra!





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Hi im going through the same thing. I really dont want to go under the knife until im finished having children plus i want that natural look. I have two girls 2 yrs old and 7 months so i know what you mean when you say they look even worse after. Im 22 so were about the same age and depression is not easy especially if its regarding somethimg so personal like this. Anyway i just started trying this new product called Natural. Its a cream that you put on your breasts twice a day. Its a little pricey but totally worth the money. I bought 3 jars for $126. When i first bought it i put the lotion on every other day expecting my boobs to just grow! Obviously that didnt work so i stopped using it. Recently i tried it again putting it on in the morning before i do my makeup then apply heat with the blow dryer for a few minutes. Then at night after i shower. Its been almost a month and a half and my breasts feel much full they are rounding up! Which is awesome! They do feel sore at times like growing pains but i dont mind it means its working! I just finished my first jar so im goinf onto my second. To get full results it says to use it for 6 to 9 months some girls went up 1 to 3 cup sizes so im definately doing that even if i have to pay another $130. Its called Naturaful research it. Its working for me and hopefully it works for you too but you have to put it on EVERYDAY TWICE A DAY. I know how you feel and it sucks. Hopefully this helps you out! Take care

Hey,Im 18 yrs old and your not alone i hav the same problem to when my breasts are erected they look perfectly normal but when the arent they just make me worry about it because u know suppose my boyfriend doesnt approve of my breasts and then he leaves me or something. It make me unhappy sometimes because my sister has percectly normal breast.... sigh... my bras fit me kinda alright but i still feel kinda left out nd i dont feel right when i look in thd mirror

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I also have this... It's a curse :( I just can't get over it... and it doesn't let me be happy. I wish I could just leave it alone, but I can't...





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Hi im 25 and I only recently found out that tubular breast is real, I've done lots of research on it for the past month. And seen pictures of ladies that show some resemblance to myself. I have been to the doctor about 3years ago as I couldnt bear to look at myself any more.but no mention from him of tubular breast just told to lose weight when im a healthy 10stone. But the one thing that puzzles me is that I used to have two matching in size and appearance boobes untill I was about 20years old. So from turning 20 ive watched one breast develope alot bigger in size, different in appearance and start to droop. Im very confused and at the end of my wits end. But cant seem to get the advice, guidance and help I need. To my knowledge I think it was to do with the contraception pill that I was on for my pcos. I wasnt on it long as I had an allergic reaction to it, I my mind it was around that time that things changed. Please someone help me....





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I had tuberous breasts until I had a plastic surgeon correct it so now I have teardrop implants they look very natural...however my nipples are starting to go back to that tuberous shape ever so slightly I was told by several plastic surgeons before my op that this can happen a year after surgery and sometimes a second or 3rd touch up is required, I'm 22. if you can afford it definitely get it done modern plastic surgery is so advanced now if you go to a good one and get teardrop plants they will look so natural...even if you don't want implants they can still fix the nipple on its own..best of luck and if your in Australia see dr. miroshnik in syd he's my ps and did a great job





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Im 15 and I Also have tubular breast . Im very ashamed of it and to embarresed to even tell my mom about it . I Wear push up bras so that your cant see the shape of my bras and I never wear v cut shirts or anything that shows my boobes





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I'm 15 aswell and I'm embarrassed to tell my Mam aswell!! Ughh so annoying >:( I don't feel like a normal girl :'(

I am 20 years old and I this condition with my right Breast, this effects my self esteem, and I thought was the only one. Happy to see other people in my position. Although my self-esteem is effected I try my best to live a normal life, date guys etc. when I hit puberty i noticed this my mom and sister thought it was kind amusing -___- that one of my Breast was shaped so" funny". When I saw my pedatrican she said I was normal. I guess because this is more common then I thought. I've been wanting surgery for years to end the stress I think about it constantly, one day I will, but for now I'm going to live my life date, go to school, hang out with friends etc. Dont give up on yourselves!!





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