Uneven Breast Solutions
Most women have uneven breasts, but in some the difference is more pronounced. Severely uneven breasts can affect a woman’s confidence and make them self-conscious. Uneven breasts, also known as breast asymmetry, affects more than half of all women, so, to some extent, it's normal. In fact, studies have shown that up to 90% of women may have a visible difference between their two breasts. However, the problem occurs when that asymmetry is very obvious.
The objective of breast asymmetry surgery is to adjust not only the volume but also shape and dimension of the uneven breasts.
What are the three types of uneven breasts?
- Anisomastia - a significant difference in the volume and size of your breasts
- Anisothelia - a difference between your nipples and areolas
- Combined asymmetry - A combination of anisomastia and anisothelia
Some of the reasons why a woman's breasts can change in size or volume, causing breast asymmetry, include:
- Hormone change
- Degenerative breast asymmetry from mastitis, a breast infection
- Uneven development during pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Weight fluctuation
- Trauma from lumpectomy, mastectomy, or other surgery for breast cancer or breast infection
- Breast changes due to aging
- Congenital or developmental conditions
An uncommon congenital condition that directly causes asymmetric breasts is Poland Syndrome. Poland syndrome is a rare birth defect that causes muscles within one side of the body to be either missing or underdeveloped; possibly caused by insufficient blood supply to the chest whilst in the womb. Even though Poland syndrome is more common in males, it is often more noticeable in females after puberty due to breast development.
Often breast conditions change and developmental asymmetry is often temporary because one breast grows first, then the other. Therefore, it’s important to determine that your condition is relatively permanent before planning treatment.
Although most women will experience a normal amount of uneven breasts, if you notice a sudden change in the shape, density or size of one breast, then you should contact your doctor immediately to investigate the cause.
Make an informed decision to have uneven breasts surgery
Surgery is a very personal decision which only you can make, however, we are here to provide you with the information you need, what’s involved and the results that can be achieved so you can have realistic expectations.
In general, once a significant difference has been established between two breasts by the early or mid-teens it is rare the other side will catch up because that doesn’t usually happen. To be able to have breast asymmetry surgery, you’ll need to be over 18 or with fully developed breasts.
The initial informal appointment to meet us is a time to talk to you about the breast asymmetry options available and examine your individual issues.
During your consultation, we’ll talk you through what’s involved. Of course, this is also a great opportunity for you to ask questions so that you can make an informed decision about whether to go ahead.
What are some uneven breast size solutions?
Uneven breast surgery is a permanent solution to the problem of uneven breasts and involves the reduction or enlargement of one breast to create a more even balance. For many women, the results are life changing.
Breast asymmetry is a choice for women hoping to achieve a more symmetrical breast shape. Each breast may require different procedures and implant sizes depending on the severity of the patient’s breast asymmetry. The highly-skilled surgeons at N1 Plastic Surgery will be able to recommend the best treatment plan for each individual case.
To create an even chest contour expert surgeons may:
- Reduce the size of your larger breast
- Increase the size of your smaller breast
- Correct the shape, size and position to create symmetry
- Uplift (mastopexy) to one or both of the breasts to correct a low nipple position
- Reposition the nipple to achieve even breasts or reduce the size of the areola
- A combination of the above
If you are looking for uneven breast size solutions, then a standard breast augmentation may be something to consider. Whatever your choice, and depending on the severity of your asymmetry, different sizes can be used in each breast to correct the asymmetry and obtain a natural look.
Some women will prefer the size and shape of their smaller breast, so breast reduction is a possible solution. In this case, your surgeon will remove tissue in the larger of your two breasts by excision or liposuction to create a contour closer in size and shape to the other breast.
A breast lift may be the best option for excess sagging on one side may be a simple breast lift, or mastopexy. Removing sagging and excess skin from one breast can sometimes be enough to give a more symmetric shape, matching the other breast.
For a lot of women, a combination of reduction and lift, performed at the same time are needed for the best results.
What happens during my uneven breasts surgery?
Breast asymmetry correction procedures usually take between 1-2 hrs and are performed under general anaesthetic. Depending on surgeon recommendations, and personal preference, patients have the option to be a day patient or stay overnight to recover. You'll be given pain relief for any discomfort experiences after your procedure.
Uneven breasts surgery
Regardless of the technique you choose to treat your breast asymmetry, it is important to remember that nearly all women have at least some asymmetry in their breasts. Uneven breasts are the norm, especially in young girls going through puberty and it is possible that asymmetry may improve on its own.
If you have some more questions about asymmetry breast surgery, arrange your consultation today with one of the expert surgeons at N1 Plastic Surgery.