Though the topic may be taboo, breast asymmetry is a common concern among women. When it comes down to it, very few women actually have anything close to symmetrical breasts.
Yet symmetry is pleasing to the human eye, and it’s natural for a person to want to look their best. Smiles, facial structure, and, yes, breast symmetry are still heavily sought after qualities — which can now be pursued through innovative plastic surgeries.
It is quite normal to notice some slight differences in the size and shape of your breasts. However, for some women, this asymmetry can be more severe. Living with breasts that are proportionally mismatched or misshapen, can be a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness for women with breast asymmetry.
Causes of Breast Asymmetry
Breast asymmetry – defined by a difference in form, shape, and/or volume of the breasts – can be caused by a variety of factors including uneven development during adolescence, pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight gain or loss, mastectomy to treat breast cancer, or uneven shrinkage during the aging process.
Options for Correcting Breast Asymmetry
Breast augmentation is the most common treatment option for correcting breast asymmetry. During the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will modify the size and shape of your breasts to create symmetry and balance. As with any breast augmentation surgery, you will have your choice of silicone or saline implants. Different sizes are used in each breast to correct the asymmetry and obtain a natural look. You may also choose a round or teardrop (anatomical) breast implant, which can help improve shape asymmetry as well. The patient can expect to undergo anesthesia, which can include intravenous sedation and local anesthesia, or general anesthesia – depending on your individual needs and preferences.
Candidates for Breast Asymmetry Correction
Breast asymmetry is extremely common among patients, though noticeable breast asymmetry affects a smaller number of patients. You may be a good candidate for breast asymmetry correction if:
- Your breasts are different sizes
- Your breasts are different shapes
- Your areolas are different sizes
- The areolas and nipples are located in different position on the breast mound
Breast Augmentation Recovery
The recovery time from breast augmentation surgery typically lasts one to three weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery and the individual patient. Patients undergoing this procedure should expect to be away from work for at least one week and to avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks, or until the incision site is completely healed and the doctor has approved a return to normal activities.
If your breast asymmetry has become a source of embarrassment or made you self conscious, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.