Breast Asymmetry Correction Surgery
Breast Asymmetry is a condition where one breast is not the same as the other, either in size, shape, or position on the chest. Approximately 90 percent of women have some irregularity between their breasts, 25 percent of women have a difference of at least one cup size, while 5-10 percent have much more pronounced asymmetry.
Common procedures for correcting more extreme cases of asymmetry would be breast implant surgery to augment the smaller breast, or breast reduction surgery on the larger of the two breasts. Some surgeons perform a breast lift or a combination of surgeries to achieve the best outcome. The best type of corrective surgery for you will be determined by your body shape, your breast tissue, and the goals you and Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio discuss.
Am I a good candidate for breast asymmetry surgery?
One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for breast asymmetry surgery;
- Your breasts are fully developed and you are in good physical condition
- You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are unequal in size or position on the chest
- Your nipples are not located in an equal position on your chest
- One of your breasts is noticeably larger than the other
Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will conduct an examination and discuss with you your expected outcome and determine how your desires can best be achieved. You must come prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, family history of breast cancer, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances.
Age: Breast asymmetry correction surgery can be performed at any age but for the best outcome it is recommended that you wait until breast development has stopped.
Weight Loss: If you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight, be sure to inform Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio. He will likely recommend you achieve your weight-loss goals prior to surgery.
Pregnancy: It is also important to inform Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio if you are currently pregnant or considering having children in the future. Pregnancy can cause unpredictable breast changes and could affect the long-term results of your surgery. Also, certain breast symmetry surgery techniques have better results than others if you wish to breastfeed in the future.
Surgery and Recovery
Breast asymmetry correction surgery is an outpatient surgery, usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation. After a few hours of recovery you will be permitted to go home. Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings or a surgical bra. You will be given detailed information from Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio detailing normal symptoms, signs of complications and instructions for recovery.
You should be able to walk immediately following surgery and will be up and about within a day or two after surgery. Your breasts will be sore and tender to the touch for the first few days, and you must not lift, bend, pull or push anything and do not engage in any strenuous activity for at least two weeks. Gauze dressings will be removed within several days and you may be required to wear a supportive garment. Swelling and discoloration will occur but improves in about three weeks. You should be able to resume your normal activities after three weeks. Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders for the best outcome.