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What are Constricted Breasts?

There is a very wide spectrum of breast shapes, but women with constricted or tubular breasts usually have the sense that their breasts look different than everyone else’s. This starts at puberty when your breasts develop with a more tubular shape instead of the “normal” round or tear drop shape most women have.

Features of constricted or tubular breasts

Constricted or tubular breasts tend to be too narrow with a breast crease that is too high. Tight ring-like bands of tissue around the areolae and nipples may create the appearance of protruding or puffy areolae. A higher than normal breast crease may make your nipples appear to be too low or down pointing. Constricted breast features can be very mild or severe. In fact, mild variations are relatively common. To summarize, the features can include:

  • Inframammary fold (breast crease) too high
  • Inframammary fold misshapen
  • Breasts too narrow (disproportionately narrow base width)
  • Insufficient breast skin
  • Constricted or tubular shape, resulting from tight bands of tissue within breasts
  • Protruding or bulging appearance of areolae (pigmented area around nipples)

How to improve constricted or tubular breasts

Improvement is possible and generally includes a breast augmentation, sometimes combined with a lift (mastopexy). The lift is usually limited to an incision around the areolae. During the procedure, I release the tight, constricting bands from the inside, allowing the skin to expand properly. I also lower the inframammary fold to a more ideal position and improve it’s shape. Breast implants help create the right amount of volume and improve breast contours, resulting in a more rounded or tear drop shape.

The improvement you can get from this procedure is dramatic. Women with constricted breasts often share they have always been bothered by their breasts. After an augmentation and re-shaping procedure, they can achieve the breasts they wish they had been born with.

Looking to improve your breast shape? We can help! Call 817-912-1410 or contact us to set up a consultation today.

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