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Breast asymmetry is a common issue among women and for those who are really uncomfortable with the difference, breast asymmetry surgery may offer a satisfying solution.
Some women live in embarrassment about their breasts. While many are uncomfortable with the size of their breasts whether they are too big or small and many others worry about an uneven chest, or breast asymmetry. This is when one breast is larger than the other one or one is of a different shape than the other. The effect in either case is an unbalanced look, often resulting in embarrassment and lowered self-esteem for the individual.
If you have a size or shape difference between your breasts, we can improve it with breast asymmetry corrective surgery. Treatment may include a breast augmentation, breast lift or a breast reduction – whichever is the right approach for you.
Many women with more major degrees of breast asymmetry may have a condition called Poland’s Syndrome.
Many women have noticed that they have a slight difference in the shape and size of their breasts. Other parts of our body are not symmetrical and this is also the case with breast tissue. In most cases this is mild and may not be severe enough to consider surgery. Breast asymmetry is not considered a dangerous disorder unless your breasts have recently developed asymmetry. If you have noticed any recent change in your breast shape or a discharge from your nipple we would advise you to schedule an appointment with your General Practitioner. Poland’s syndrome can cause breast asymmetry:
- Poland’s syndrome is thought to be caused by insufficient blood supply to the breast area when you were a baby
- It results in a reduction in size of the affected breast and sometimes the underlying chest muscle and rib cage
- It is more common on the right side
- It is more common in males but more noticeable in females due to their increased breast development
- It can be associated with abnormalities in the arm and hand on that side
- Most cases of differences between the sizes and shapes of the breasts are not due to Poland’s syndrome and the reason some people have this condition is unclear.
If you are concerned that your breasts are different it might be worth arranging a consultation with a Surgeon at Centre for Surgery to discuss what can be done to improve this.
The best solution for you varies between each person as the appearance of breast asymmetry is variable. Questions you should ask yourself are:
- Do you prefer the volume of the larger or smaller breast?
- Do you think your nipples are in a low position?
- Are your nipples and the brown area around them (the areola) normal?
- Are your breast a normal shape?
Depending on the answers to these questions you may require surgery to one or both of your breasts. This can involve:
- A breast reduction of your larger breast
- A breast enlargement of your smaller breast
- A breast uplift (mastopexy) on one or both of your breast if the nipple is in a low position
- Surgery to reduce the size of one or both of your areolas (the brown area around your nipple)
- Surgery to reduce the prominence of your areolas if they are domed and raised
- In many cases a combination of the above procedures is needed to improve the symmetry of your bust.
Breast asymmetry surgery is opted by those who wish to achieve a natural ’rounded’ appearance without implants.
Some women suffer from ‘tuberous’ breasts, where the breasts are shaped like tubes and have a narrow base and the base of the breast is tubular shaped rather than the normal ‘cone’ shape. Others suffer for a rare condition called ‘Polands Syndrome’, where one side of the breast fails to develop because the tissues responsible for its development are missing.
Both breasts will appear equally proportionate and alike and clothes will fit much better. Most women feel more confident and have a positive body image after their initial surgery.
The procedure can help you achieve a much rounder, toner and firmer appearance of the breasts overall.
The complications associated with the procedure are minimal and can be avoided with maximum safety optimisation. Some of the risks are infection and bleeding, chest pain or shortness of breath, and temporary or permanent loss of sensation on the breasts.
A one night stay at one of our local partner hotels is usually necessary. You can find out more about your likely recovery by looking at the following sections of our website:
- Breast reduction
- Breast enlargement
- Breast uplift
- Nipple surgery
Breast Asymmetry Surgery Results
Stable results are common in women over 18 as their breasts are no longer growing. Some breast reduction and breast uplift techniques can lower your chance of successfully breastfeeding future babies. The aim of breast asymmetry surgery is to make your breasts look more symmetrical. In many cases, it is not possible to achieve absolute symmetry between your breasts. The aim of surgery is improvement rather than perfection. However, breast asymmetry surgery should permanently improve the size and shape discrepancies between your breasts.
Am I an ideal candidate for breast asymmetry surgery?
Women who suffer from ‘tuberous breasts’ or a rare condition called ‘Polands Syndrome’ can opt for the procedure if they wish to achieve a natural rounded appearance without implants.
How is the breast asymmetry surgery performed?
The best solution for you varies between each person as the appearance of breast asymmetry is variable and should be discussed with the surgeon during your consultation.
How long does the procedure take?
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What is the recovery period like?
Expect to experience swelling for the first week following the surgery and you should avoid strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks for your body to fully recover.
How long does the results from breast asymmetry surgery last?
The results are known to be very stable but it also depend on the technique used to perform your surgery, however, it is also subjective to the ageing process, pregnancy, and weight gain or loss.
Will I have scars after the surgery?
There will be scarring but will heal after 6 weeks or could even take up to 7 months following your surgery.