Dr. Brooke R. Seckel
Breast asymmetry is when there is a significant and noticeable difference between the size and shape of a woman’s breast. Asymmetries in the body are very common, but in some cases difference in size between the two breasts can be significant. More commonly, one side appears normal and the other side is sagging. Women with significant asymmetry are very uncomfortable in bathing suits and wearing clothing and find it very frustrating to have to compensate for the smaller breast with padding.
In some cases a small breast asymmetry can be corrected by placement of different sized breast implants. However using significantly different sized implants can cause the larger implant to be more noticeable. Usually when the asymmetry in breast size is significant enough for you to want a correction, the larger or sagging breast is lifted or reduced and the smaller breast or both are enlarged with breast augmentation surgery.
Yes, when performed by a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is experienced in breast surgery.
The discomfort following correction of breast asymmetry is similar to the discomfort of breast augmentation and breast lift. You will be given pain medications which will control your discomfort.
As with all breast procedures, I recommend planning on a 2 week recovery. You will be wearing a surgical support bra and will have to avoid heavy lifting for 2 weeks to 3 weeks. You will need help with small childcare for 2 or 3 days. If you have a sedentary job that does not require lifting and use of upper body muscles you may return to work after 5-7 days. Very vigorous workouts in the gym involving weightlifting or spin aerobics should be delayed 4 weeks.
You may see a very nice difference in breast appearance as early as 2 weeks after surgery as seen in the photograph below. Six weeks is required to see final results.
Costs are the same as for breast augmentation if only implants are used. However, if a breast lift or breast reduction is required on one side cost can increase to about $10,000. Experienced cosmetic surgeons with a good reputation may charge the higher fee.
Correction of breast asymmetry can be complex surgery which requires good aesthetic judgment and experience on the part of your plastic surgeon. Consult a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
The surgeons at Boston Plastic Surgery Specialists are leading providers of breast surgery and have helped many women who suffer from breast asymmetry enhance their appearance and self-confidence. If you would like to learn more about this procedure, contact the practice today.