5 Ways to Correct Breast Asymmetry with Cosmetic Surgery


When considering breast appearance, it’s not only shape and size that’s important to women, but symmetry as well. While some amount of breast unevenness plagues nearly all women, a recent study shows that pronounced breast asymmetry can cause women (especially teens) to feel self-conscious or embarrassed about their bodies.

The good news is that you’re not necessarily stuck with what Mother Nature doled out. In fact, there are lots ways that women can even out their breasts for an improved appearance and wider wardrobe options, not to mention better self image. Here’s a look at four of the most common surgical options for correcting breast asymmetry.

Use Breast Implants of Different Sizes

If you’re already looking to give yourself a little extra boost on top, breast implants of different sizes are a logical solution for asymmetry. Uneven breasts call for uneven implants — in a good way!

By just using a slightly smaller implant for the larger breast, your plastic surgeon can still give both breasts a nice extra something while making the smaller breast prominent enough to match the size of the larger. Your surgeon can help you decide which type of implant would best for evening out your breasts while maintaining a natural shape to each.

Perform Liposuction on One Breast

Liposuction isn’t only good for getting rid of love handles or bra-strap bulge. The fat-reducing procedure can also be a handy way of making breasts more symmetrical. Breasts are mostly made up of fat, which is why they can vary so much in size from woman to woman, or even from breast to breast, as we have very limited control over where our bodies store fat.

A skilled surgeon can use liposuction to break up fat cells in the larger breast before suctioning them out, permanently reducing the size of one side. By performing liposuction with the goal of shaping the breast as well as reducing fat, your plastic surgeon can ensure that both breasts end up with natural contours and increased overall symmetry.

Reduction and/or Lift in One Breast

Breast reduction surgery can help women with large breasts achieve more proportionate body contours, but can also be a great way to improve asymmetry. In breast reduction surgery for correcting asymmetry, your surgeon removes glandular breast tissue (not just fatty tissue, as during lipo) from the larger breast through an incision, typically placed around the areola and extending down to the inframammary fold. The remaining tissue is reshaped, excess skin is removed and voilà— matching breasts! If necessary, your surgeon can also perform a lift on the other breast for a perkier look on both sides.

Fat Grafting to the Breast

For minor asymmetry of a cup size or less, fat grafting to the breast can be an easier, less-invasive option than an implant or lift/reduction surgery. The key to successful fat grafting is that it is performed by an experienced doctor who understands not only how to harvest fat so that is it most likely to remain healthy when re-implanted, but who also has an eye for where the fat injections need to take place to ensure better symmetry and shape.

Fat grafting is not the solution for every woman who wants a more balance breast appearance, but for the right candidate it can deliver a very pleasing outcome.

Use a Combination of Breast Enhancement Surgeries for a Customized Result

Breast enhancement surgeries aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution to every woman’s breast woes. For a customized approach to correcting breast asymmetry, feel free to mix and match surgeries to find exactly the right answer for your unique needs.

Women with pronounced asymmetry may be interested in augmenting the smaller breast while reducing and lifting the larger. Liposuction can be performed on one breast while the other can be augmented with a small implant. For some women, a breast lift in one breast alone might provide the ideal end result. In any case, an experienced surgeon who has chosen to specialize in breast enhancement can help women decide how to approach their concerns about breast asymmetry and what steps they can take toward an ideal result.
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