We live with the comfortable assumption that all breasts are pretty much the same. Some are small, and some are large, but they are balanced from one to the other. That is our assumption. It is not fact. The truth is, many women feel embarrassed about the unevenness between their breasts. Breast asymmetry can be a significant problem when one breast is noticeably larger than the other. Depending on the size differential, bras and clothing can be difficult to fit.
Degrees of Asymmetry
Most women have a slight amount of imbalance in the size of their breasts. However, there are relatively few women who consider surgery to correct dramatic size difference. Unless asymmetry has developed recently, the primary concern related to this problem is cosmetic appearance. If the size of one breast changes noticeably and rapidly, or is accompanied by discharge from the nipple, schedule a consultation with your primary care physician.
How to Correct Breast Asymmetry
It is possible to correct size differences between breasts, even if breast implants are not the desired approach. Breast asymmetry correction is a customized procedure that is tailored to the unique needs of every patient. Factors that are considered during surgical planning include the position of the breasts and the preferences of the individual patient. If you are considering correction for breast asymmetry, one of your most important questions is whether you prefer the size of the larger or the smaller breast.
Options for correcting breast asymmetry include:
- Breast reduction of the larger breast.
- Breast enlargement of the smaller breast.
- Breast lift of one or both breasts.
- Reduction of one or both areolae or nipples.
In many cases, a combination of procedures is performed to correct asymmetry with the most natural looking contours.
There are several benefits to breast asymmetry correction. Successful correction refines the proportions of the breasts with one another and also with body frame. Bras and clothes fit better when the breasts are symmetrical. Perhaps the most significant benefit, though, is the increase in satisfaction you feel with your body after a corrective procedure.