Breast asymmetry correction in London
Breast asymmetry correction is commonly performed for breasts that differ in shape, size, volume or position. Often a combination of techniques are used to restore symmetry to the female breast.
Breast asymmetry is a common occurrence, and more than half of women will have it. However, if your breast asymmetry is causing you concern, or negatively impacting your self-esteem and confidence, you may wish to undergo surgery to even the sizes of your breasts.
Breast Asymmetry Correction Expected Results
- Restore a fuller shape and volume to one or both breasts
- Address droopy appearance of one or both breasts
- Removal of excess breast tissue in one or both breasts
- Surgically repositioning nipples in one or both breasts to a more upright and forward facing position
Causes of Breast Asymmetry
Breast asymmetry is not a reason for concern – in fact, it is a very common occurrence.
There are numerous different reasons for breast asymmetry to occur, including hormonal changes, pregnancy, menopause and trauma. It can even be caused by medical conditions such as juvenile hypertrophy of the breast, a rare condition which causes one breast to grow larger than the other.
While most people have some form of asymmetry, for others the size or shape difference is particularly noticeable. This can not only be damaging to your self-esteem but can cause other problems such as ill-fitting underwear causing skin problems, or physical pain from the weight of the breasts.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Asymmetry Correction
You will be considered a suitable candidate for breast asymmetry correction if you have breasts which are an uneven shape or size and this is detrimental to your self-image.
To have breast asymmetry correction, you will also need to:
- Be 18 years or older
- Be in good physical and mental health
- Have reasonable expectations about what the procedure can achieve
You will also need to be getting the procedure for the right reason, the procedure may not go ahead if surgery is not being completed for the right reasons eg. having surgery to please someone else.
Breast Asymmetry Correction Procedure
There are numerous different procedures which can be performed to achieve breast asymmetry correction. The best procedure for you will be discussed during your initial consultation with the surgeon.
Breast augmentation involves the use of implants to increase the size of the breast. Centre for Surgery uses silicone implants which are approved by the UK medicines and healthcare products regulatory agency (MHRA). You will be able to decide which profile you want (low or high), size, shape (teardrop or round) and placement (under or over the muscle). These factors will alter how natural the breast implants look – low profile will make the breast implants look more natural, while round implants give women more fullness in the cleavage area.
You will be able to try on a bra with sample implants in order to ensure you are choosing the correct size. If you choose implants which are too large, the edges may become visible following surgery. You will also be assessed to ensure you have sufficient tissue to cover the implant size.
A breast lift aims to lift the position of the breasts, and is designed for those who have breasts that appear saggy, hollow or flat. This often occurs as a result of ageing or after pregnancy. Unlike a breast augmentation or fat transfer to the breasts, a breast lift will not make the breasts look bigger. Instead, it makes the breasts appear firmer and more youthful. The breast uplift will be performed in one of two ways – the periareolar lift, or the vertical lift. A breast lift will leave you with breasts that are no longer saggy and appear fuller.
If you wish to have the breasts lifted and volume added, you may wish to have an augmentation mastopexy, which combines a breast lift with breast augmentation. Breast lift surgery is an effective technique for breast asymmetry correction.
If you are wanting to reduce the size of the breasts so they are even, you will need to undergo a breast reduction. This is a suitable procedure for those who have large, uneven breasts, particularly those who have other side effects such as back or neck ache, skin irritation or numbness.
A breast reduction will involve the use of surgical excision to address excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts. This procedure may also involve the position of the nipples and areolas being altered, however, they will still be attached to the nerves and blood vessels.
All procedures are performed under a TIVA general anaesthetic You will be asleep for the entirety of the procedure, and the recovery after TIVA anaesthesia is smoother than a traditional GA with a lower risk of post-operative nausea and vomiting. TIVA anaesthesia results in a rapid recovery once the procedure is completed, and there is a low risk of dizziness, drowsiness or grogginess typically associated with a general anaesthetic.
Fat transfer to the breasts
If you would like to increase the size of your breasts, but do not want a foreign object (implant) in your body, you may wish to opt for a fat transfer to the breasts.
A fat transfer to the breasts involves the use of liposuction to remove fat from a donor area of the body – such as the abdomen, hips, flanks or thighs. This is then treated and injected into the breasts to create breasts of equal size and shape. Centre for Surgery uses the PAL lipo method, which unlike other liposuction methods, does not involve the use of heat, causing less damage to the interior and exterior.
A fat transfer to the breasts will be able to increase the size of the breast by one cup size. Some fat transferred into the breasts will be naturally absorbed by the body, which is a side effect that cannot be avoided. A fat transfer to the breasts will give you very natural looking results. In more subtle volume discrepancies, fat grafting to the breast can be an excellent method for breast asymmetry correction.
Before and after
Differential breast augmentation with different sized implants to equalise breast symmetry
Recovery after Breast Asymmetry Correction
The recovery may vary slightly depending on which procedure you undertook – augmentation, uplift or reduction.
After the breast asymmetry correction procedure, it is normal to experience some bruising and swelling, particularly around the incision sites. This may last up to four weeks. You will be given pain medication which can be taken to alleviate any pain and discomfort. You can also use ice packs to help reduce any swelling and bruising in the first few days.
You will be given a compression garment to wear. This will help to reduce any swelling, therefore reducing the recovery period, and help to give you the best results possible.
You will have to make sure to avoid strenuous physical activity. This will help to avoid any damage to the surgery area. Your surgeon will be able to advise on how long you will need to avoid physical activity.
You may need to take at least one week off work to recover; however, this will vary from person to person.
Risks and potential complications of breast asymmetry correction
Breast asymmetry correction has been successfully performed for many years with an excellent safety profile. Women should only choose a reputable provider with years of experience in aesthetic breast surgery. With a fully credentialed plastic surgeon at Centre for Surgery, you can be confident in having made the very best choice for breast asymmetry correction coupled with an outstanding package of aftercare to reduce the risk of complications after the procedure.
Risks of Breast Asymmetry Correction
As with any surgical procedure, correction of breast asymmetry has potential risks. These include:
- Anaesthetic risks
- Delayed wound healing
- Skin necrosis
- Nipples that lose sensation
- Breastfeeding difficulties
- Need for revision surgery
My breasts are severely uneven, can you help?Yes we can. Surgeons at Centre for Surgery have many years of experience in breast asymmetry correction surgery.
What are the causes of breast asymmetry Breast asymmetry is most commonly due to hormonal changes that may commonly occur as part of puberty but there are also a number of medical conditions that can give rise to asymmetrical breasts including Poland syndrome. Poland syndrome is a congenital defect present from birth that leads to the pectoral musculature on one side of the chest to be either undeveloped or missing completely. A possible explanation for this condition may be due to impaired vascular supply whilst in utero. Although Poland syndrome is more common in men it is often more obvious in women after puberty because of the growth and development of the female breast. Most cases of breast asymmetry are not related to Poland syndrome and hormonal causes of breast asymmetry are most common.
What is breast asymmetry?Breast asymmetry occurs when one breast is a different size or shape than the other. This can be caused by numerous factors such as ageing, pregnancy, menopause, hormonal changes or medical conditions.
How is breast asymmetry treated?There are numerous different surgical options which can be used for breast symmetry correction. This includes:
Fat transfer to breasts
You will be able to have a consultation with your surgeon prior to surgery in order to discuss your options and make the best choice for you.
Is there an optimum age for breast asymmetry correction surgery?You need to have fully developed breasts, otherwise any benefit could be undone by further growth.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years.
What type of anaesthetic will be used for breast asymmetry correction?Breast asymmetry correction surgery will be performed under a general anaesthetic. This means you will not be awake for your surgery.
What will the recovery period be like after breast asymmetry correction?After breast asymmetry correction surgery, it is normal to experience some level of bruising and swelling. This may last around four weeks.
You may wish to take pain medication to help alleviate any symptoms. Applying ice may also help to reduce pain and swelling.
Will I have scars following breast asymmetry correction surgery?The level of scarring after breast asymmetry correction surgery depends on the type of procedure to restore breast symmetry. All incisions result in a scar after surgery. Breast enlargement surgery results in a small scar which is positioned in the inframammary fold beneath the breast. Breast lift and breast reduction surgery have more visible scarring that may extend from the nipple to the inferior breast fold. Your surgeon is skilled in all type of breast asymmetry correction surgery and will use techniques to result in scarring that is as cosmetically acceptable as possible. Scars generally fade in appearance over the course of a year. Centre for Surgery are experts in scar revision procedures and have access to the full range of procedures including laser and microneedling to treat prominent scarring.
When will I be able to return to work?You may have to take at least one week off work. However, this will vary from person to person, some may need longer while others will feel fine to return to work sooner. This will also vary depending on your type of employment.
When can I start exercising again?This will vary depending on which type of procedure you have for breast asymmetry. You may have to avoid strenuous physical activity for at least four weeks following surgery. This is in order to avoid any damage to the operated area.
Will I have to wear a garment after breast asymmetry correction?Following the procedure, you will have to wear a compression garment. This will help to reduce symptoms such as bruising and swelling. It will also help to keep the breasts in shape and ensure you can achieve the best results possible.