Asymmetric breasts occur in a lot of women. It is a common condition where one breast is smaller or larger than the other. Women with asymmetrical breasts often have difficulty finding clothing, a bra, or even a swimsuit that fits perfectly. While it’s not something that is life-threatening, it can make women feel self-conscious – but there is a way to address this problem. Corrective breast surgery can create more evenly shaped and sized breasts that can help with their self-confidence.
Before a breast asymmetry procedure, the patient will undergo an initial consultation with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. The doctor will assess the patient, and provide recommendations to address the issue. Depending on what is required, the surgeon may decide to insert an implant to fill out the smaller breast and match the size of the other, but this might not be necessary and depends on the individual client.
The surgeon will discuss with the patient how the procedure will be carried out. When an implant is to be used, the doctor will determine the shape and size of the asymmetric breast prior to the surgery. He or she will explain the different implant types that are best suited for the case.
Another solution might be to reposition the areola and nipple of the smaller breast to match the other breast. However, it is important to understand that no two breasts are identical. As the saying goes, “they are sisters, not twins”. There will always be slight differences between two breasts. The surgeon will do what he or she can to make the asymmetric breast shape and size to look more alike.
The procedure is normally conducted under a general anaesthetic. The time the surgery takes should be discussed with the patient by the surgeon during the pre-surgery consultation. It is crucial to ask as many questions as possible before the procedure to ensure you understand the whole process.
What happens during recovery
The patient may feel fatigued right after the surgery. It is normal to feel some soreness around the area, and the breasts may feel tender. The surgeon may also prescribe medications to help the patient manage the pain and discomfort. A surgical bra may be worn to support the breast – some surgeons choose not to recommend a surgical support bra – it’s a personal thing.
Rest is highly recommended during the first few days following the surgery. The patient may also feel faint for several days post-procedure, and this is perfectly normal as the body is healing.
Swelling and/or bruising may be seen around the breast. It is recommended that the patient stay home to recuperate for as long as needed (usually at least a week or so). The patient might feel ready to gently return to normal activities a week or more after surgery.
The newly-shaped breast will gradually “settle” into its natural position during the healing process.
Risks and Complications
Asymmetry breast procedures are comparatively safe with extremely rare complications. As with any type of surgery, developing an infection or an adverse reaction to anaesthesia may occur. Such instances are rare, but the surgeon and their team should monitor the patient’s condition and treat the reaction or infection.