Breast asymmetry is a problem that can cause embarrassment or self-consciousness for women of all ages. It can also be quite inconvenient, as finding clothing such as bras that properly fit can be nearly impossible. At Aesthetic Surgery Center, we offer breast asymmetry surgery in Naples for women seeking a solution to address uneven breasts.
What Is Breast Asymmetry?
Breast asymmetry describes a difference in the size, shape, and/or position of one breast compared to the other. While differences in breast shape and size are usually subtle, asymmetrical breasts can be very apparent in some women.
The degree of asymmetry can vary widely from woman to woman. For some, this condition is barely noticeable. For others, it can be a major source of anxiety and self-consciousness. Those struggling with this issue often camouflage the problem by wearing oversized clothing to hide their breasts, avoid swimsuits at all costs, and often feel uncomfortable in intimate situations.
Breast asymmetry surgery is a procedure that corrects the differences in size, shape, or position of one breast to match the other. There are several types of breast asymmetry surgery available, depending on the nature and degree of the asymmetry. The patient and the doctor will go over a plan tailored to the patient’s needs during the consultation.
What Causes Breast Asymmetry in Women?
There are many potential causes of significant breast asymmetry, but it’s often unclear exactly what the cause is in any given case. Some women just naturally develop uneven breasts, while hormone imbalances, injuries, or certain medical conditions may be the cause in other cases. Sometimes, breasts can exhibit asymmetry later in a woman’s life.
Breast size fluctuates throughout a woman’s life. Most women notice that their breasts are fuller during ovulation and shrink back to normal size during their period. During pregnancy, most women notice a significant increase in breast size as the body prepares for breastfeeding, which may create asymmetry.
In some cases, a patient may present with a tuberous breast deformity, a congenital abnormality that occurs during breast development. These women often have pronounced asymmetry of their breasts.
Candidates for Breast Asymmetry Correction
Any woman in good physical health with uneven breasts that will not self-correct may benefit from breast asymmetry surgery. The degree of asymmetry generally does not matter, only that the patient is distressed by the difference.
During your consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your concerns, discuss your goals, and design a unique surgical plan that will safely and effectively deliver your desired results. The surgeon tailors the procedure to fit the patient’s goals.
There may be a combination of procedures used to help each patient feel confident in their appearance. Procedures can include breast augmentation, a breast lift, or in some cases, reducing the breast volume with breast reduction.
About Breast Asymmetry Surgery
Women who have significant breast asymmetry (generally one cup size or more between the two breasts) often experience psychological distress surrounding the issue. Fortunately, there are ways to even out the breasts for a more symmetrical appearance. The surgical process varies depending on the type of enhancement the surgeon recommends for your aesthetic goals.
The most common technique for correcting breast asymmetry is breast augmentation. If this is the chosen method, the smaller breast may be enlarged with a silicone or saline implant for symmetrical purposes.
If an overall enhancement is preferred, our surgeons use implants of two different sizes for patients with asymmetrical breasts. This is the most popular option for correcting unevenness because most patients prefer larger breasts.
A breast reduction is best for women experiencing back pain or other issues from overly large breasts. However, it is also an ideal choice for improving symmetry in women with large breasts.
Patients may want the larger breast to match the smaller one, or wish to reduce both to make them match. If the patient desires, we can reduce the larger breast to match the smaller breast. Visit our breast reduction page to learn more information on the surgical process.
A breast lift is a good option for women with breasts in two different positions on the chest. A lower breast position may give off the appearance of uneven breasts, which a breast lift can effectively address. You can find more surgical information on our breast lift page.
The Recovery Process for Breast Symmetry Revision
Patients should expect an initial recovery period of one to two weeks following the procedure. An implant placed below the muscle under the breast usually requires an extended recovery period.
Patients will wear a surgical bra with adjustable straps to help the breasts heal and reduce swelling. The surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help with any discomfort during your recovery period.
After a few days, most patients are up and moving around without the need for pain meds and may resume light activity. You should avoid exercise, strenuous activity, and heavy lifting for 3 to 4 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
You might be surprised to learn how common some degree of breast asymmetry is. In most women, it is hardly noticeable, but almost no one has a perfectly matched pair of breasts.
One breast is typically slightly larger than the other. Human bodies are not perfectly symmetrical and it’s completely normal for breasts to be a little bit different from one another. More severe asymmetry is less common, but it does happen for a variety of reasons.
Because breast asymmetry has been linked with breast cancer, patients need to monitor their breast health carefully following corrective surgery. Self-exams, mammograms, and other routine screenings will help ensure that patients catch any changes or abnormalities quickly.
Minor asymmetry is usually nothing to worry about. At least half of all women have some degree of breast asymmetry. More noticeable asymmetry may not indicate a medical issue, but in some cases, it does.
Unfortunately, researchers have linked significant unevenness between the breasts with a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Thus, patients with uneven breasts need to be vigilant about monitoring their breast health whether they decide to correct the issue with surgery or not.
Women who develop asymmetry after their breasts have finished growing (unrelated to pregnancy) should set up an exam with their doctor. These changes may indicate a cyst, breast cancer, or another medical problem.
The cost for this surgery will vary because the required procedure may be more or less complex. The usual cost ranges from $4,000 to $8,000 per breast.
While this includes a physical examination and consultation, other related costs like imaging or lab tests aren’t included. You will discuss costs and available financing options during your one-on-one consultation with the surgeon.
It’s mostly a result of genetics and how the breasts grow. The breasts get wider at the base when muscles develop beneath them. It appears to be largely a product of genes, growth trends, and timing.
Like mismatching, this type of breast tissue is perfectly normal. However, breast asymmetry surgery can help treat this common aesthetic concern.
Teen girls, whose bodies are still developing, are often especially concerned about asymmetry. Hormone fluctuations can cause asymmetry during adolescence and breasts may not develop at the same rate. Some asymmetry cases in teens will resolve on their own, so it’s important to wait until the breasts are fully developed to consider corrective surgery.
There are creams available that will help to improve the appearance of asymmetric breasts. Creams can temporarily make breasts look fuller and more even but won’t have a significant impact on breast size.
Some exercises can help as well, like resistance training that will improve unevenness. But these options don’t offer dramatic, long-lasting results the way surgical intervention does.
Book Your Breast Asymmetry Consultation in Naples
If your uneven breasts are impacting your self-confidence and quality of life, it may be time to meet with an expert. Only a plastic surgeon can assess your candidacy and give you customized treatment recommendations.
The experts at the Aesthetic Surgery Center are here to help you reach your cosmetic goals. Fill out the contact form below to book your breast asymmetry consultation in Naples, FL, or call (239) 594-9100