Finding the Right Balance (Breast Asymmetry)

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It’s a secret that many of us keep beneath our clothes, but it’s not one that we ought to be ashamed of – depending on which study you read, it’s said that between 25 and 50 percent of women have some degree of breast asymmetry and that many are uncomfortable about the difference in the size, form, position or volume of their breasts.

Uneven issues

Breast asymmetry can be as obvious as having one breast that’s noticeably larger than the other, or it can be more subtle, with nipples that are misaligned, areolas that are not in proportion, or breast tissue that isn’t consistent throughout the breast.

There are many reasons why a woman might have uneven breasts – hormonal changes, traumatic injuries, medical or skeletal issue may all be at play. Generally speaking, uneven breasts are no cause for concern, but if the differences between the two breasts are prominent, some women may find themselves unhappy with the way their breasts look in clothes, swimsuits, or in the mirror.

The important thing to take away is that breast asymmetry can, in many cases, be fully treated. Breast asymmetry surgery can give your breasts a more even look, whether your breasts or nipples are a different size or a different shape.

Breast asymmetry options

There are many options to correct your individual problem, including implants, breast reductions, breast lifts, or fat grafting to gain that elusive symmetrical silhouette.

As with all surgeries, it’s important that you get the best, most up-to-date medical advice possible from a qualified surgeon.

If asymmetrical breasts have been a problem for you, rest assured that there are many solutions out there – you just need to find out which one is right for you, with the help of a professional, experienced surgeon.

From surgery to success

During your initial consultation with a plastic surgeon, you will be asked questions about the asymmetry you’d like to correct, as well as about your medical history to date. Your Dr. will also examine your breasts, to help determine the best way forward for you.

The breasts themselves will be measured and assessed, and you’ll chat about the outcome you’re looking for.

If surgery is deemed to be a good option, your surgeon should then be able to discuss the specific procedure they’d recommend, explain what will happen once the surgery is underway, and ensure you fully understand the medical risks that are involved in any surgery.

And for the most exciting part - if your surgeon has the latest technology available, such as the 3D Vectra imaging system, you’ll also be able to have 3D photographs taken of your breasts so that you can get an image of how the end result will look!

The surgical process

If you decide to proceed with your surgery, you’ll have another consultation about two weeks’ prior to your procedure, so that you can discuss the process again, and so that your surgeon can answer any further questions you may have thought of.

On the day of your surgery, your doctor will draw pre-operative markings on you, and the anaesthetist will also speak to you to ensure you’re comfortable and aware of the process that’s coming up.

Once the procedure is finished, you will be in recovery, and depending on how the procedure goes, you’ll either stay over for one night or go straight home.

Rest and recovery

Like any surgery, breast correction surgery needs to be taken seriously, and this extends to your recovery times.

You won’t be able to drive for the first two weeks, and you’ll also have to avoid any heavy lifting – no hitting the gym for you for awhile!

Putting your breast foot forward

Many women who’ve had a surgical procedure to correct asymmetrical breasts say that it’s changed their lives in immeasurable ways.
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Melbourne Plastic Surgeon