Women visiting our Santa Rosa plastic surgery office sometimes ask to have their “Snoopy Dog” breasts corrected. A Snoopy Dog breast has a narrow base, a large areola, and a nipple that looks down towards the floor. Also called a tuberous (or tubular) breast after a potato shape, this condition is quite common. Milder forms have an underdeveloped lower breast, often associated with a large areola. More severe forms can be very asymmetric, with one breast not quite filling an “A” bra cup, and the other breast filling a “C” cup. This extreme asymmetry can be psychologically devastating and can keep women from participating in sports requiring swim suits or leotards.
Because there is so much variability in tuberous breasts, we customize our treatment plan for our Northern California Tuberous Breast Patients. Some benefit from just a breast augmentation, and others require reduction of one breast, a lift of the other. Reducing the size of the bulging areola is also an important consideration. Correction of tuberous breasts can give women a new confidence and a huge boost to their self-esteem.