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Breast Asymmetry

Breast Asymmetry - Sarasota, FL

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Overview

Almost all women have some degree of breast asymmetry, but visible breast asymmetry (a significant difference in position or volume) affects almost 50% of women. If breast asymmetry is causing problems, either in appearance or emotions, a woman may have breast asymmetry correction surgery by the experienced plastic surgeons at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center in Florida. Our surgeons will talk to the patient about their concerns and goals before physically examining the breasts during the initial consultation. Based on the patient's unique anatomy and preferences, our cosmetic surgeon will help the patient decide on the best breast surgery and treatment plan for them. Breast asymmetry may be corrected with either a breast augmentation, a breast reduction, a breast lift, or a fat transfer. Our Sarasota plastic surgeons will carefully restore balance to the patient's chest for an improved appearance and confidence.

Surgical Technique

The approach with breast asymmetry surgery depends on the surgeon’s assessment and recommendation once the patient is evaluated. Sometimes, several techniques may be incorporated during the surgery at once. Depending on the condition, nipple repositioning may also be done so that it is not out of proportion with the new breast size and shape. There are also cases in which a secondary surgery may be necessary to fine-tune the shape and volume of the breasts. 

Breast Implants

Some patients may have a mild case of asymmetry where the placement of breast implants can help even out the shape and size of the breasts. Both silicone and saline implants are options. In cases where asymmetry is diagnosed, a variation in the CCs of an implant will be used between the two breasts. This is quite common and produces nice results. If breast implants alone will solve the asymmetry, the patient must have good skin tone and limited sagging.

Breast Reduction

If the patient opts to have the larger breast reduced, it will involve removing excess fat and skin until both breasts become even. This is generally the case for breasts that are severely asymmetrical. If the breast to be reduced is particularly large, a breast lift will supplement this procedure resulting in a more lifted breast appearance.

Breast Lift

Depending on the form of the breasts, one or both breasts may be treated with a lift. The procedure involves trimming away loose, sagging skin and lift the remaining skin by closing the incisions with fine sutures. This results in breasts that are more proportionate with one another, as well as offering a more youthful, tighter look at the same time.

Fat Transfer

There are patients who prefer a natural increase in breast size to an implant. These patients may benefit from the fat transfer method. This approach uses fat harvested from a donor site on the patient’s body and reinjects the purified fat into the breasts. The fat is injected gradually in layers to ensure that there is no appearance of wrinkles or uneven pockets.

During/After Surgery

Regardless of the corrective procedure that is chosen, it will be performed under general anesthesia at our surgical facility. The recovery period varies depending on the surgical approach taken. In general following breast surgery, patients are able to get up and around but must limit activity for a couple of days. Most patients are back to a normal routine within 7-10 days and exercise will be gradual at about 3-6 weeks. Results following breast surgery to correct asymmetry are  gratifying for most patients and can help bring back self-confidence, especially when wearing tighter fitting clothes.

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Recovery Time  
3-4 Weeks
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3-4 Hours
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Breast Asymmetry FAQs

Is This Common?

Surprisingly, breast asymmetry is a common condition. While breast implants alone are able to produce even, beautiful results for many patients, the other surgeries mentioned on this page can also create symmetrical breasts that last a lifetime. Patients who decide to have a corrective surgery feel they no longer have to worry or feel anxiety about having limited clothing options to hide the asymmetry.

How Bad Is Scarring?

When it comes to any cosmetic procedure that requires incisions, scarring is ultimately a part of the process. Corrective surgery for breast asymmetry may include a breast lift in which excess skin is removed. In these cases, the scars will be visible. If implants only are used, the scars will be hidden depending on the incision location (for example, under the natural fold of the breast, or within the armpit). For many, the result of this surgery to create even, natural looking breasts become more important than the scarring.

Asymmetrical Breast?

There are many factors that may contribute to breast asymmetry, but the exact cause remains unknown. Hormonal changes, injuries on the chest area, or breastfeeding are believed to be contributors to asymmetrical breasts. There is also a condition called juvenile hypertrophy that causes one of the breasts to become severely out of proportion to the smaller breast. 

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The board-certified plastic surgeons of Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Braun Graham*, Dr. David Mobley*, Dr. Scott Engel*, and Dr. Brian Derby, offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results may vary. Individual results are not guaranteed.