Breast Asymmetry

Whether the dissimilarities are noticeably apparent or virtually undetectable to the naked eye, no woman’s breasts are naturally symmetrical. Most often, breast asymmetries form during adolescence when the breasts are developing, but factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight changes, and simply the natural process of aging can make any discrepancies more pronounced for many women. Fortunately, if you are bothered by subtle or prominent differences between your breasts, there are numerous cosmetic solutions available.

At 740 Park Plastic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons—Dr. Daniel Y. Maman and Dr. Stafford R. Broumand—are highly experienced in correcting breast asymmetries ranging from volume and shape variances to uneven nipple size and positioning. Based on your unique needs and desires, our doctors can help you improve the overall balance and symmetry of your breasts with beautiful, natural-looking results.

What Is Possible with Breast Asymmetry Correction?

Depending on your specific concerns and aesthetic goals, Dr. Broumand and Dr. Maman can customize a breast asymmetry treatment plan to help:

  • Balance the volume, contour, elevation, and/or projection of the breasts
  • Match the size, shape, and/or position of the nipple-areolar complexes
  • Improve the fit of various tops, bras, and swimsuits
  • Significantly reduce—or even eliminate—self-consciousness or embarrassment stemming from breast dissimilarities

* Results may vary

How Is Breast Asymmetry Corrected?

Based on the degree of breast asymmetry present—as well as the cosmetic desires of the patient—there are a variety of techniques that can be employed alone or in conjunction with one another to achieve an ideal breast appearance. Some of the most common procedures utilized by our plastic surgeons to correct breast differences are highlighted below.

Augmentation of One or Both Breasts

Breast augmentation with implants and/or fat transfer can be an excellent option for increasing the volume of one breast to match the size of the other, or for improving the shape and fullness of both breasts simultaneously. The extensive variety of breast implants available today allow for incredibly natural-looking results, even when augmentation is only performed on one side. To learn all about our doctors’ personalized approach to selecting and placing implants, please visit our page dedicated to breast augmentation.

Reduction of One or Both Breasts

If one breast is significantly bigger than the other, or if both breasts are disproportionately large for one’s frame, breast reduction can often be a great solution. With this procedure, Dr. Maman and Dr. Broumand can carefully remove extra tissue from the breast(s) until an even volume is attained. They can also recontour one or both breasts to achieve a symmetrical shape, as well as adjust the contour or position of the nipple(s), if necessary. For a more detailed description of what this treatment involves, please view our website’s breast reduction page.

Mastopexy for One or Both Breasts

Mastopexy—more commonly known as breast lift surgery—can be performed on one or both sides to eliminate excess skin, reshape tissue, and elevate the breast(s) on the chest for a more even contour and projection. If needed, the nipple-areolar complex(es) can also be resized and repositioned during the procedure to further improve breast symmetry. For more in-depth information about mastopexy, please visit our page devoted to breast lift surgery.

Mastopexy with Augmentation for One or Both Breasts

Also referred to as breast augmentation with a lift or a breast lift with implants, mastopexy with augmentation can be an ideal treatment for balancing the size, shape, and position of the breasts—whether it is performed on one breast or both. With this technique, excess skin is removed, breast tissue is lifted and reshaped, and an implant is placed to achieve a symmetrical volume and contour. In addition, the nipple-areolar complex(es) can be resized and/or repositioned, if necessary. To learn more about the details of this combination procedure, please view our page on breast lift with implants.

Revision of One or Both Nipples

Sometimes the only notable breast asymmetries pertain to the nipples—which is a perfectly acceptable reason to seek corrective treatment. When this is the case, Dr. Broumand and Dr. Maman can revise the shape, size, and/or position of one or both nipple-areolar complexes to achieve ideal proportions and balance. As an added benefit, all necessary incisions can usually be made in the darker pigment of the areola, helping to limit the visibility of any potential scarring.

Recovery from Breast Asymmetry Correction

Recovery from breast asymmetry correction will depend on the surgical technique(s) employed and one’s natural healing process. In general, most individuals can expect some degree of bruising, swelling, and/or tenderness in the breasts immediately following treatment, though these symptoms should resolve relatively quickly. Rarely do patients experience significant pain, but any discomfort in the days following surgery can typically be controlled with over-the-counter medication. On average, normal daily routines can usually be resumed within seven days; however, any strenuous activities that may put pressure on the breasts and/or strain the chest muscles should be avoided for at least one month. ‘

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