Breast Asymmetry Correction
Almost all women have some form of breast asymmetry. While asymmetrical breasts occur naturally, pronounced differences in breast size, shape, or projection can be a source of anxiety for many women. While quick fixes, such as bra padding, may help you feel more comfortable most of the time, many women are insecure about their appearance in intimate situations and more revealing clothing or swimwear.
Types of Breast Asymmetry
When considering breast asymmetry correction, you should first determine the characteristics of your asymmetry.
A difference in the size of each breast is a common problem for many women. A size difference of half a cup or more can result in obviously disproportionate breasts. The size difference is most noticeable in small or medium-breasted women, but it can affect large-breasted women as well.
Uneven Nipple Projection
Your breasts can develop and droop at different rates. Occasionally, the position of the nipples becomes uneven, affecting the quality of your breast appearance. The nipple-areolar complexes may be positioned differently on the breasts, or one nipple may point more downward than the other.
Uneven Breast Position
Breasts that develop ptosis at different rates can sit at different positions on the chest. Women may have one breast that sags more than the other, resulting in one breast that has a more perky projection.
Methods of Correction
A breast lift is performed to correct poorly positioned breasts. A breast lift can target uneven nipple projection or uneven breast position. Incisions are created around the areolas and potentially down the lower breast tissue depending on the type of correction required. Sagging breast tissue may be lifted in one or both breasts and positioned so they have a more symmetrical appearance. The nipple-areola complexes can be repositioned for a more balanced look.
Breast augmentation is used to improve asymmetry caused by size differences in women with smaller breasts. One implant may be used to increase the size of your smaller breast so it matches the larger. However, this can sometimes create a difference in feel between the breasts. Most women choose to use two implants of different sizes to construct a balanced breast size and feel.
Women with larger breasts that are asymmetrical don’t necessarily want to add volume to their breasts. For these women, a reduction of one or both breasts can restore a symmetrical appearance. Women also choose breast reduction surgery to relieve pain and pressure from their neck and back that is caused by cumbersome breasts.
Addressing Your Concerns
You may experience bruising, redness, and swelling after your surgery. A fitted dressing will help support the breasts for the first week. You should avoid strenuous physical activity and rest in a reclined position to improve circulation.
Most patients return to work within one to two weeks post-surgery. A support bra is to be worn for two to three weeks following your surgery. You may resume your regular exercise routine after four to six weeks.
You may develop mild scarring around the breasts at the site of your incisions. However, most incisions are placed in inconspicuous places. Any scarring that develops is likely to fade over time.
The cost of your surgery will vary depending on the technique used. Surgical, anaesthetic, and hospital fees will all affect the final cost of your procedure. Medicare or private health insurance rebates may apply. Contact your Health Fund for more information.
Breast asymmetry correction surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic, and there is zero pain felt during the procedure. The first few days may be accompanied by some discomfort. All associated pain is controlled using prescribed oral medication.
Before & Afters
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Asymmetry Correction
Can multiple correction techniques be combined?
Yes. The breast lift is often combined with an augmentation or reduction to address asymmetry that has been caused by both breast position and size.
What type of implants will be used if I choose breast augmentation to correct my asymmetry?
You will have the choice between saline and silicone implants for your breast augmentation. Implant material can affect the look and feel of your breasts as well as impact the final cost of your procedure.
Will I retain sensation in my nipples?
The loss of nipple sensation is a very rare complication following breast asymmetry correction surgery. While your nipples may feel numb for several weeks, most patients regain full sensation after a few months.
How long will my results last?
All techniques are designed to provide lifelong correction to the appearance of your breasts. Most patients feel that they gain a symmetrical breast appearance that lasts them years.