Asymmetrical Breast Surgery
At UK Aesthetics, we provide a number of surgical options for changing the size, shape and position of the breasts. The reasons for seeking such surgery can vary such as having asymmetrical breasts. But, one of the most common surgeries we perform here is breast asymmetry surgery.
What Is Breast Asymmetry?
Breast Asymmetry is a condition where one breast is a different volume, size or shape to the other which causes the appearance of uneven breasts. Asymmetrical breasts are extremely common and affect more than half of the female population. There are many breast asymmetry reasons why some women have uneven breasts such as puberty, trauma, hormonal changes and also genetics. If your mother and grandmother have asymmetrical breasts, the chances are you will too.
When one is ovulating, it is common for breasts to look larger through water retention and blood flow and will go to normal during the menstrual cycle. Most women with breast asymmetry only have a slightly different size or shape, so it is not typically a cause for medical concern. When one has noticeably asymmetrical breasts, it can be aesthetically displeasing and one may wish to have breast asymmetry surgery.
What Options Do I Have For Breast Asymmetry?
breast asymmetry surgery involves either breast enlargement or breast reduction. Breast asymmetry can be combined with a range of different treatments to fix uneven breasts such as breast augmentation, mastopexy, breast reduction, breast injections and other breast reconstructive surgeries.
One of the easiest ways to correct asymmetrical breasts is to reduce the larger breast. This may not be the ideal scenario, but it can help to produce a similar breast on both sides. Otherwise, you may have to combine breast asymmetry with breast augmentation or mastopexy with implants in order to make the smaller breast larger.
It is important to note that whatever surgical choice is made for asymmetrical breasts, it will likely mean making changes to both breasts regardless of their shape and size, and not just one. This is because having an implant in one breast, for example, and not the other can often also look like one has breast asymmetry. Likewise, if you opt against implants in one breast then that needs to be true of the other as well.
Consultation & Breast Asymmetry Surgery
To get the most out of your breast asymmetry consultation, it is imperative that you are completely honest with your surgeon regarding your asymmetrical breasts. You should explain what your issues are with your uneven breasts, why you are wanting the surgery, what your expectations and desires are and will be asked a range of other questions to get a better picture. If you have unrealistic expectations you will be recommended something that works for you. If one has been coerced into having breast asymmetry then you won’t be suitable for the procedure.
The surgeon will assess your particular case and the issue that causes one to have asymmetrical breasts. There may need to be a number of consultations to achieve appropriate sizing for your breast asymmetry surgery. Many options are available in order to correct breast asymmetry size and shape. So, a full breakdown of what can be done will be made and you can choose what seems the best option for one’s uneven breasts.
Once done, a full solution will be discussed and you can decide whether or not this is ideal for you. If you decide to go ahead with breast asymmetry then pre-surgical tests will be discussed if necessary.
How Do I Prepare For Breast Asymmetry Surgery?
In your consultation, you will be told all the different pieces of information that you will need when preparing for breast asymmetry, but the main pieces of information will be:
- Stop smoking 6 weeks before your surgery.
- Do not take aspirin or blood thinners in the lead up to surgery.
- Avoid taking any anti-inflammatory or herbal supplements.
- What Happens During Breast Asymmetry?
It is important to know that breast asymmetry surgery is not likely to provide perfectly symmetrical, but you won’t have asymmetrical breasts. The final result however will be much more symmetrical than they were and one will be able to wear their clothes with much more confidence without worrying about uneven breasts.
Breast asymmetry will involve either implant, autologous fat transfer, changing the shape of the breast and can also include altering the shape or size of the nipple. You may also need additional surgery in order to correct tight skin around the breasts, which may involve recruiting additional skin from other areas of the body.
Post Asymmetrical Breast Surgery
For at least two days after breast asymmetry, you will need to rest, so you should plan to take some time off work for this. The recovery period after uneven breasts correction goes as follows:
- Avoid excessive strain during the first week post-surgery.
- Wear a support garment for 4-6 weeks following surgery.
- Light exercise can be resumed around 2 weeks after your surgery.
- Full exercise is possible around 4-8 weeks.
- Massage the scar once fully healed to improve the appearance.
The best post-surgery practices apply to a number of different surgeries, so these techniques and guidelines can also be applied to a number of our procedures.