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Tuberous (Tubular) Breasts

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.



Dr. Heather Furnas

About Dr. Heather Furnas

Inspired by watching her plastic surgeon father operate in African bush hospitals, Dr. Heather Furnas followed in his footsteps, training at Stanford and serving on the Harvard clinical faculty. She and her husband, Dr. Paco Canales, practice together in Santa Rosa, California, where they raised their two children. (To learn more about their practice, visit She believes an informed patient is more likely to be a happy patient and is committed to providing that education. If you have any suggestions for topics you'd like to learn more about, she would love to hear from you!

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