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Surgical options for uneven breasts

surgical options for uneven breasts

Uneven breasts, also known as breast asymmetry, is a condition in which a woman's breasts are noticeably different in size, shape or position. It can be fairly common and can affect a significant number of women. In fact, one study found that more than 81 percent of participants had significant differences between their left and right breasts.

Breast asymmetry can be caused by a range of factors from genetics to injuries to developmental changes, including:

  • Hormonal Fluctuations: Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy and menopause can affect breast development and lead to asymmetry.
  • Genetics: Breast size and shape are influenced by genetics. If your family members have breast asymmetry, you may be more likely to develop it as well.
  • Injuries or Surgeries: Trauma to the chest area or previous breast surgeries can result in asymmetry.
  • Weight Fluctuations: Significant changes in weight can affect the size and shape of the breasts, leading to asymmetry.

It's important to emphasize that having uneven breasts is quite common and is often unnoticeable. However, if significant differences between the breasts are causing emotional distress or physical discomfort, there are several options available for correcting asymmetry and helping patients feel more comfortable in their bodies.

What can be done about uneven breasts?

Several surgical procedures, often tailored to the individual patient's unique needs, are available for correcting uneven breasts to achieve symmetry and improve the overall appearance of the breasts.

  • Breast Implants: Breast implants can be used to increase the size and volume of the smaller breast to match the larger one, helping to restore symmetry and create a more balanced appearance. The implants can be silicone or saline, and the surgical technique will depend on the individual's specific needs.
  • Fat Grafting: This procedure involves using the patient's own fat to enhance the size and shape of the smaller breast. Fat is typically harvested from another area of the body, for example, the abdomen, via liposuction. The harvested fat is then processed and injected into the smaller breast to create symmetry.
  • Breast Reduction: In cases where one breast is significantly larger than the other, a breast reduction procedure may be recommended. This involves removing excess breast tissue, fat and skin from the larger breast to bring it into better proportion with the smaller one. Breast reduction can not only correct asymmetry but also alleviate any physical discomfort or back pain caused by the larger breast.
  • Breast Lift: A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is another option for correcting breast asymmetry. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed, and breast tissue is tightened to "lift" breasts and improve their shape and position, thereby achieving a perkier and more symmetrical appearance. It. A breast lift can be performed on one breast or both, depending on the patient's specific situation.

For some patients, a combination of surgical procedures may be recommended to achieve optimal results in correcting breast asymmetry. Ultimately, the specific corrective action will depend on several factors, including the severity of the asymmetry, the patient's overall health and their desired outcome. Connect with a skilled and qualified plastic surgeon to find a solution that best meets your specific situation.

How to find the right plastic surgeon

Finding a plastic surgeon for your breast asymmetry correction should always start with choosing one who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and who possesses membership in a reputable professional organization, such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Both signify the highest marks of excellence in plastic surgery and demonstrate that the surgeon meets rigorous standards and is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes.

Patients should also look for surgeons with extensive training and experience in performing breast surgeries specifically, and a track record of success. In addition to qualifications and experience, it's important to review before and after photos of the surgeon's previous patients. Seeing their results can give you a much better idea of the surgeon's aesthetic style and the outcomes they're able to achieve. Read patient reviews and testimonials to get further insight into the overall patient experience and satisfaction with the surgeon.

Whether the asymmetry is mild or more pronounced, in the hands of a skilled and qualified plastic surgeon, several options exist to address and correct the issue. Breast asymmetry correction can provide significant improvement in the appearance and symmetry of the breasts, helping women achieve greater confidence and satisfaction with their bodies.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


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