Procedures to Correct Breast AsymmetryPublished on
If uneven breasts are making you self-conscious, that asymmetry may be correctable. Procedures to remedy unevenness depend on the size and shape of the breasts. Top Sacramento board-certified plastic surgeon Debra J. Johnson MD explains different procedures available to correct breast asymmetry.
Many women have slightly asymmetrical breasts. For others, the contrast between the two breasts is obvious, raising aesthetic concerns. The condition may run in families.
Besides developmental asymmetry, unevenness may result from pregnancy, weight gain/loss and the effects of aging. Asymmetry is common after lumpectomy for breast cancer.
Perhaps you are uncomfortable wearing a bathing suit or lower-cut clothing due to breast asymmetry. Maybe you avoid social or recreational situations in which such asymmetry is revealed. Uneven breasts may interfere with the enjoyment of intimacy, as their appearance makes you self-conscious. The underlying causes of the asymmetry determine the appropriate procedure.
For many patients, breast augmentation is the most straightforward solution. The smaller breast is augmented to match the larger breast, or both breasts receive different sized implants to achieve symmetry. Whether a saline or silicone implant is the better individual choice is a topic to discuss with the surgeon. Liposuction and fat transfers are other ways to achieve contouring and symmetry along with implants.
Unfortunately, a previous breast augmentation can also result in asymmetry. The implants may shift over time, or perhaps they did not settle properly. That is why patients should always seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast surgeries when deciding to undergo breast augmentation. There is far less chance of needing another procedure to correct the asymmetry.
Some women may desire a reduction in the size of the larger breast to make the breasts symmetric. Large breasts can cause discomfort in certain women. Smaller, symmetrical breasts are a better lifestyle choice for many active females.
Along with symmetry, you want to make sure both breasts look alike. The breasts themselves may be the same shape and size, but the nipple and areola are not symmetrical. Breast lifts are often performed in conjunction with either breast augmentation or reduction.
If breasts are drooping, a breast lift will restore them to a higher, more natural position.
If you would like more information on correcting breast asymmetry and the best procedure for your needs, contact renowned Sacramento plastic surgeon Debra J. Johnson MD today and schedule a personal consultation. She will discuss your goals and options and answer any questions.