At a Glance
Do your breasts differ in shape, size, volume or position? You may have breast asymmetry.
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 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.
You will be considered a suitable candidate for breast asymmetry if you have breasts which are an uneven shape or size and this is detrimental to your self-image.
To have breast asymmetry surgery, 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.
There are numerous different procedures which can be done to fix breast asymmetry. 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.
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 ClearLipo™ 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.
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 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 ClearLipo™ to remove 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 general anaesthetic exclusive to Centre for Surgery known as ClearSleep™. You will be asleep for the entirety of the procedure, but will not rely on the use of any breathing machines and tubes. ClearSleep™ allows you to wake up right after the procedure is completed, and you will not experience any of the grogginess typically associated with a general anaesthetic.
The recovery may vary slightly depending on which procedure you undertook.
After any 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.
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 to treat breast asymmetry. 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.
What type of anaesthetic will be used?Breast asymmetry surgery will be performed under a general anaesthetic known as ClearSleep™. This means you will not be awake for your surgery.
What will the recovery period be like?After breast asymmetry 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?Breast asymmetry surgery involves incisions, and as a result, you will be left with scars. The scars will be as small and subtle as possible. The scars will be more noticeable directly after the procedure, however, with time the scars will change in size and colour and become less noticeable.
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?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.