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How to Correct Asymmetrical Breasts
The vast majority of women experience at least some amount of breast asymmetry. For most, however, they either do not “notice” this or it is not an issue of any significant concern. In consultation for breast surgery, many women are actually surprised at the asymmetries that I will identify in 30 seconds that they had never realized even existed.
It can be said that one’s breasts are more like sisters than identical twins.
Unfortunately, though, this isn’t the case for everyone and many women do experience breast asymmetry that is not only physically noticeable but also difficult to manage. This asymmetry can be characterized by differences in size, configuration, contour, position, skin tone, and nipple-areola position, size, and shape. Sometimes this can lead to problems finding clothes that fit and are attractive or complementary. Not rarely are there negative effects on one’s self-esteem and body image leading to stress, anxiety, and even depression.
For women with noticeably asymmetrical breasts, plastic surgery may very well be an option in order to improve their situation. This could involve any of a variety of options, which can include augmenting or reducing the size of one or both breasts, contouring procedures, including fat injections and breast lifts when indicated. Of course, a thorough consultation would be necessary in order to determine what, if anything, can be done to help you obtain a more desirable appearance with greater breast symmetry.
Think About Size
If there is a significant size differential between the sides, you most likely will need to decide whether to augment the smaller breast or reduce the larger one or even differentially augment or reduce both sides. Which choice that you ultimately make should be based on several factors that may be influenced by the options and recommendations of your plastic surgeon, along with your own tastes.
Should You Consider Both Breasts?
While you can perform breast augmentation or breast reduction on only one breast, you can choose to have both adjusted, and this can occasionally create a greater sense of symmetry between the breasts. If you decide on breast augmentation, implants will be placed in both breasts, although one will be larger than the other and possibly of a different profile.
The same principle can be applied if the choice is a breast reduction. Both breasts will be reduced but one to a greater extent than the other. Addressing both breasts may benefit those women who have any irregularities in their breast shape as this can create better harmony.
Is Your Asymmetry Only Due to Position?
For some women, their breast asymmetry can be at least partially due to their uneven placement on the chest and independent of their size and shape. In this situation, breast augmentation or reduction may not necessarily be the most appropriate solution to correct this type of asymmetry. Each situation would need to be thoroughly evaluated to determine what may be the best course to pursue.
While it is fairly uncommon for a woman to have completely symmetrical breasts, when the difference is substantial enough, at least in her eyes, this can lead to unwanted emotional and confidence issues that may need to be addressed by cosmetic breast surgery. To set up your consultation with Dr. Turkeltaub, please call the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today at 480-451-3000.