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 some women. While short term solutions such as bra padding may help you feel more comfortable most of the time, some women may feel self-conscious about more noticeable degrees of breast asymmetry or nipple asymmetry, such as during intimate situations or when wearing more revealing clothing and/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.
Every patient responds differently to surgery and recovery. 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 will have scarring around the breasts at the site of your incision(s). Most incisions are placed in less conspicuous places or locations when possible. Scarring that develops is, however, likely to fade over time, but every patient's different. You will have scars, and in some patients, these may be more prominent than in other patients.
The cost of your breast lift surgery or other breast asymmetry correction procedures will vary depending on the technique used and other factors. Surgical, anaesthetic, and hospital fees will all affect the final cost of your procedure. Medicare or private health insurance rebates MAY sometimes apply for patients with severely asymmetric breasts. However, strict patient criteria must be met and extensive documentation will need to be provided. Contact your Health Fund for more information and remember, cosmetic breast surgery is never eligible for Medicare coverage or private health fund rebates.
Breast asymmetry correction surgery is performed using a general anaesthetic and local anesthetic to reduce potential discomfort. The first few days after surgery may be accompanied by some discomfort. Most associated pain is readily controlled using prescribed oral medication, but discuss this with your Surgeon.
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. We primarily offer Motiva or Mentor implants but will discuss your breast implant options during a consultation.
Will I retain sensation in my nipples?
Loss of nipple sensation or changes in nipple sensation are possible complication(s) following breast asymmetry correction surgery. While your nipples may feel numb for several weeks after surgery, many patients DO regain full sensation after a few months. However, every patient is different. Some sensation changes in the nipples or breasts may be longer lasting or permanent, so discuss this with your Surgeon.
How long will my breast asymmetry correction surgery results last?
All techniques aim to provide a long-term correction to the appearance of your breasts. Most patients feel that they gain a symmetrical breast appearance that lasts them for many years or decades. However, your breasts WILL change over time as well as in response to different life events, such as skin ageing, pregnancy, menopause or illness.>
Are there any RISKS to having surgery?
Yes, any surgical or invasive procedure carries RISKS. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner (a FRACS qualified Plastic Surgeon recognised by AHPRA). Please be sure you review ALL materials provided to you about your surgery risks and ask questions or voice any concerns BEFORE proceeding, and never have surgery to please someone else. It is also imperative you DO NOT SMOKE and that you follow your Surgeon's pre-op and post-op instructions including wearing any recommended post-op garments as advised. Please also be aware that surgery experiences, recovery time frames, results, incision line placement and scars can vary significantly from patient to patient. For a general overview of surgery risks, review the plastic surgery RISKS page AND attend a consultation to learn more.