Breast asymmetry correction surgery is needed much more frequently than the general public might think. This surgical procedure has been perfected over the years due to its frequent application and the expertise of its practitioners. Women who are upset about the difference in size between their breasts can have this problem corrected simply and safely with the help of a plastic surgeon.

What Is Breast Asymmetry?

While it is difficult to notice in clothing, most women have slightly asymmetrical breasts. In most cases, one breast is slightly larger than the other. However, in most people, this asymmetry is not very noticeable, even to the person who suffers the asymmetry.

About 25% of women, though, have breasts of noticeably different sizes. In some cases, the physical distinction between the breasts is quite dramatic. This condition becomes most noticeable after puberty completely ends, in a woman’s late teens or early twenties. Over the years, a number of solutions to this problem have been developed. Some have focused on hiding the asymmetry. Modern surgical techniques in plastic surgery have actually made it possible to provide breast asymmetry correction and give a woman perfect symmetry in her breasts.

What Causes Breast Asymmetry?

There are numerous potential causes for breast asymmetry, and most are not serious. However, it is always a good idea to ask a physician about the condition to verify that the cause is benign. Here are some of the non-serious reasons behind most cases of breast asymmetry. Sometimes, the condition is caused by more than one factor.

  • Uneven shrinking of the breast while the patient ages. This is a complaint of some older women who are surprised by the condition before, during, and after menopause.
  • Uneven adolescent development. The reason behind this is somewhat mysterious, but sometimes, both breasts seem to receive a different amount of attention from the hormones that spur the growth of sexual characteristics.
  • Changes in weight. When you lose or gain weight, your body may not add or subtract this weight evenly, resulting in asymmetrical breasts.
  • Pregnancy. The body reacts unexpectedly to the hormones that are produced during pregnancy and uneven development might result. This can also occur during breastfeeding.
  • Virginal hypertrophy. Sometimes the condition appears quickly during puberty rather than over the course of this developmental period.
  • Medical conditions. Illnesses and treatments for illnesses, including mastectomies, can have drastic effects on this part of a woman’s body.

Non-Surgical Solutions

This condition has existed as long as women have, and they developed numerous ways to disguise it before surgery became a refined science. You can still find special bras that mask the size difference in breasts. However, the problem is easily and safely corrected with surgery.

Surgical Solutions

One straightforward way to even out the size of your breasts is to have the larger one reduced in size. Breast reduction surgeries have been around for decades and have become commonplace. Some women use slightly different sized implants and some women reduce one side and augment the other. Each patient’s needs are different and must be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon. Patients have the choice of how much size they want to add in order to correct the asymmetry.

Risks and Benefits

The risks are the same for any surgery. No matter which alternative you choose, there will be a recovery time in which you will feel sore and notice swelling. This may last for a few days or a few weeks. There is also always a risk of infection. Consult your doctor if you think this consequence has developed so that he or she can prescribe necessary medications. Most of the time, breast asymmetry correction results in happy patients with breasts that finally look and feel comfortably similar, but exact improvement can never be accomplished, so each patient needs to have realistic expectations.

Dr. Elizabeth Harris is retiring, she will no longer be doing surgeries, but she will be available for existing patients until January 31st, 2023.DIRECTIONS