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. But, one of the most common surgeries we perform here is asymmetrical breast surgery.
What Are Asymmetrical Breasts?
Breast asymmetry is a condition where one breast is a different proportion, size or shape to the other. Most women’s breasts are naturally a slightly different size or shape, so it is not typically a cause for medical concern. However, when one breast is noticeably different it can be aesthetically displeasing and you may wish to seek surgical solutions.
Options for Corrective Asymmetrical Breast Surgery
Corrective asymmetrical breast surgery involves either breast enlargement or reduction.
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 asymmetrical breast surgery with breast augmentation or implants in order to make the smaller breast larger.
It is important to note that whatever surgical choice is made, it will likely mean making changes to both breasts, not just one. This is because having an implant in one breast, for example, and not the other can often look too different. Likewise, if you opt against implants in one breast then that needs to be true of the other as well.
Consultation & Asymmetrical Breast Surgery
During the consultation, your desires and possible outcomes of the surgery will be discussed. It is important to be honest during this process, as unrealistic expectations or coercion from another person may make you unsuitable for surgery.
The surgeon will assess your particular case and the issue that causes the asymmetry of your breasts. There may need to be a number of consultations to achieve appropriate sizing for your surgery. Many options are available in order to correct breast 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 your body.
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 surgery then pre-surgical tests will be discussed if necessary.
Prior to surgery, you will be required to do the following:
- 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.
Surgery will involve either implants, 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 the surgery you will need to rest, so you should plan to take some time off work for this. The recovery period after this 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.
How Much Does Asymmetrical Breast Surgery Cost?
The cost of your corrective asymmetrical breast surgery will depend on the exact nature of your procedure. For that reason, the costs of the procedure will be discussed during your initial consultation. The fee of your surgeon’s time, hospital fees and anaesthesia costs are all included in this costing.
What are the Risks?
There are always risks when it comes to surgery. So, it is important to be aware of this fact before surgery. Some minor risks include: infection, redness or bruising around the scar, implant rupture or deflation, partial loss of nipple size, and perhaps you may need further surgery for corrections.
Anaesthesia also comes with certain risks including deep vein thrombosis, temporary confusion or memory loss, nausea and vomiting, as well as a sore throat from the breathing tube.
Will There Be Scarring?
All invasive surgery involves some level of scarring. Your surgeon will make every effort to minimise the scarring as much as possible, using dissolvable stitches. The scars will typically be placed in the crease underneath the breasts in order to be as inconspicuous as possible.