I have breasts that are completely asymmetrical as a result of a breast reduction. The right nipple is 2cm too high and the shape of both is unnatural. Is there a surgeon who's experienced in complex breast reduction revision cases?
Asymmetrical Breasts Due to Breast Reduction
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Uneven breasts after a breast reduction
Uneven breasts may occur after a breast reduction surgery. Make sure that you have healed for sufficient time after your breast reduction. This may vary in patients but all patients should see their final result 6 to 8 months after their surgery. If you continue to have unevenness, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon. It is likely that you will have many options to correct the difference between your breasts. Techniques that may be used include liposuction or a small breast lift procedure.
Correcting breast asymmetry
Correcting breast asymmetry is not uncommon. Remember that no two breasts are exactly the same so therefore after surgery they will not be exact. Correcting a nipple height asymmetry is usually fairly straightforward. If the higher nipple is the one you want to move, it may be a bit difficult wiithout leaving a scar above the areola. On the other hand if the lower one is just too low, that is easier to move.
Breast Reduction - Asymmetrical Breasts Due to Breast Reduction
It's a question of degree, and that's not something that can be determined via this format (although a photograph might help). There are some things that can be done relatively simply, and some that can't. It is generally easier to raise a nipple/areola than to lower it, so if that's what you'd want, then it may be achievable. Conversely, if you want one side lowered, that is likely to be more difficult (actually, it can be lowered but it will leave a scar in its place; ie, above the current location). The best thing is to see a few different plastic surgeons in consultation and see what they have to say.
I hope that this helps and good luck,
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Breast Reduction and Asymmetry?
Thank you for the question.
Some degree of breast asymmetry after breast reduction is not unusual. The breast asymmetry can often be corrected ( to a large degree) with revisionary surgery. The exact type of procedure that you will benefit from will depend on your exam and goals.
Consider consultation in person with no experienced board certified plastic surgeons.
Asymmetrical breast reduction results
A breast reduction is a complex operation that is subject to some inherent degree of difficulty in predicting the long term outcome. I am sure your surgeon's intention was to deliver a good result. Your best bet is to return to him/her and discuss your concerns. A relatively simple procedure could provide you with an improved result. However, perfect symmetry may never be possible.
Breast Reduction Revision
There is always a potential for some asymmetry both before and after breast surgery. If you have questions about your results you should contact your original surgeon. Give your body enough time to heal correctly before jumping to conclusions. If you no longer feel comfortable with your original surgeon consult with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area. Make sure to obtain your medical records from your first procedure and bring a list of questions.
The first thing I think of when a nipple appears 2 cm higher than the opposite side is too much volume in the inferior pole of the affected breast. Why? Most doctors do not miss nipple placement by 2 cm. More likely, excess lower pole volume pushes the nipple higher. This is important because treatment would involve adjusting volume as opposed to making difficult corrections to nipple height!
Asymmetry after breast reduction
Some degree of asymmetry is not uncommon after breast reduction, but if you are dissatisfied with your results you should first consult with your plastic surgeon to discuss this and see what advice he/she may have. Sometimes there are limitations due to the patient's anatomy, and your surgeon would be aware of this. If you seek a second opinion make sure you find a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has extensive experience in breast surgery.
Asymmetry after breast reduction
I'm sorry you're having this problem. I'm sure you're frustrated. Assuming your surgery was at least 6-8 months ago and you are fully healed, there is no reason you shouldn't seek a second opinion regarding revision breast surgery. There are many of us who have a lot of experience with such procedures. Be sure you see only surgeons who are Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Meet with 2-3 surgeons, look at lots of before/after photos, then decide.
Breast assymetry is normal
Most women have some asymmetry of their nipple position, areolar diameter, breast volume and other variables. Check with your plastic surgeon and review your pre-op photographs. Almost certainly you had some breast asymmetry prior to surgery. Post-op breast asymmetry is occurs, and can be addressed with a variety of safe and effective techniques.
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