Asymmetrical Breasts: Surgical Correction Options
The term “asymmetrical breasts” refers to the condition where one breast has a different size, shape, position, or volume than the other. Breast tissue, in general, is dynamic and changes through a woman’s life, most dramatically at puberty, and then again with the hormonal changes of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause.
Similarly, breast tissue can change each month during ovulation, as breasts sometimes appear temporarily larger due to water retention and increased blood flow. A small variation between the breasts is completely normal, but when there is a significant difference, a woman may feel self-conscious or unhappy with her body.
In this article we will address some concerns women may have about their asymmetric breasts. We will also discuss available procedures that impact the aesthetics of this condition.
What Does Asymmetrical Breast Tissue Mean?
In most cases asymmetrical breast tissue is perfectly normal. In fact, there are usually some differences between the left and right side of the body. In rare incidences, certain medical conditions such as juvenile hypertrophy of the breast, may cause one breast to develop significantly more than the other.
If your breast asymmetry has developed rapidly, you should see your doctor for an evaluation. While many cases of breast asymmetry are harmless, there are certain medical conditions that can cause asymmetrical breast development and follow up testing should occur.
Is Asymmetric Breast Tissue a Sign of Malignancy?
In general, uneven breasts are rarely a cause for medical concern. However, a noticeable change in breast size, a palpable lump, nipple changes or unusual symptoms certainly warrant further medical evaluation. Your doctor may recommend a mammogram or other tests to further study your symptoms.
What is Asymmetric Density in Breast?
A mammogram may reveal that the breasts have asymmetric density. In many cases this is just a normal finding due to body composition variations. In other cases, asymmetrical density may be due to a cyst or fibrosis of the breast. Asymmetric density of the breast does not necessarily indicate that the breasts look or feel different from one another.
How Common is Asymmetrical Breast Tissue?
Slight asymmetry between the breasts is common and affects most women to some degree. Often these cases do not require treatment unless a woman feels bothered by the asymmetry. Sometimes, even when asymmetry is more noticeable, a woman may choose a custom bra with different padding to even out her breast appearance. In general, if a woman feels self-conscious or dissatisfied with the asymmetry of her breast, there are surgical interventions that can address the aesthetics effectively.
How to Correct Asymmetrical Breasts
There are many options available to correct asymmetrical breasts. In cases of breast asymmetry, your plastic surgeon may combine some of the following procedures:
- Nipple Repositioning
- Breast Lift
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Reduction
- Fat Transfer
The specific procedure for your case will depend on your actual appearance and personalized goals. Your plastic surgeon may recommend implants, surgical reshaping, or other interventions to optimize your results, keeping your preferences in mind.
For instance, a woman may desire both breasts to be smaller, so a breast reduction could remove more breast tissue from one side, yielding a symmetrical result. If a woman desires larger breasts, different implant sizes could augment the breast size and even out the final cosmetic result.
A woman might want her smaller breast augmented or lifted to match her larger breast. Conversely, she may desire a unilateral breast reduction. Breast lift or nipple repositioning may further enhance symmetrical outcomes.
In general, it is important that you choose a plastic surgeon with a thorough attention to detail and keen aesthetic eye, who will work with you to achieve your specific goals for your body.
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Dr. Ashley Howarth is a leading female plastic surgeon in Scottsdale. With top tier training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery completed at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Howarth prides herself on excellent, natural results for women who seek breast enhancement surgery due to asymmetrical breasts, or for alternate reasons. With her unparalleled compassionate care and obsession to detail, Dr. Howarth welcomes patients from across the region to her state-of-the-art clinic in Scottsdale.
Dr. Howarth will develop a plan to restore your breasts to their ideal position and appearance, and help you reach your goals. If you are considering breast enhancement or revision surgery in Arizona, Dr. Ashley Howarth can assist you through the process in a caring, compassionate manner.
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