Tuberous Breast Correction in Washington DC

  • The term ‘tuberous breasts’ refers to an inherited condition in which there is severe constriction and deformity of one or both breasts resulting in severe asymmetry. 

Recommended Procedures

  • Depending on the severity of the asymmetry, correction of tuberous breasts can involve 1 or 2 stages.
  • If mild to moderate droop (ptosis) and tissue protrusion (herniation) are present, then a breast lift, usually on both sides, is adequate.
  • In severe cases, 2 stages of surgery are needed: the first involves stretching the constricted breast with a tissue expander; the second stage involves placing breast implants. 

Other Options

  • Breast Augmentation alone is effective in adding volume to the breasts – however, this requires symmetric shape and nipple position to start.
  • There are no good non-surgical options to correct tuberous breasts.

How It’s Done

  • In 2 stage surgery, Dr. Rad places a tissue expander inside the constricted breast and, over the next 2 months, slowly inflates the tissue expander implant in order to stretch the breast skin. 
  • Three months after the first surgery, Dr. Rad then performs the second surgery in which the tissue expander is removed and implants are placed into one or both breasts. 


  • While a single surgery is preferred over two stages of surgery, the overall result usually is superior in the setting of two-staged correction. 
  • Dr. Rad works with a board certified anesthesiologist and performs surgery only in an AAAASF accredited surgery center.

What to Expect

  • Both stages are outpatient surgeries taking approximately 1.5 hours to perform.
  • Temporary moderate discomfort is common and is easily controlled with pain medications. 
  • Recovery lasts about 2 weeks.

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This 28 year old woman suffered from a poor body image due to severe hereditary breast asymmetry (tuberous breasts). Dr. Rad performed a two-stage approach to breast augmentation to optimize her results. Dr. Rad performed below-muscle placement of Tissue Expanders in stage 1, followed by stage 2 which involved below-muscle breast augmentation with 375 cc Round Silicone gel implants.

    Photos are of patients who have given explicit written agreement to have them displayed. For patient privacy reasons, the majority of Dr. Rad’s patients prefer their before/after photos to remain off-line. However, Dr. Rad will be happy to show you, in the setting of a confidential consultation, a series of before/after photos, not displayed here, to address your specific concerns.

    *SHERBER+RAD cannot guarantee specific results. Individual results may vary.

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