Breast Surgery for One Breast to Correct Asymmetry?

I was wondering about how much the cost would be and what sort of procedure would be used for my breast asymmetry.

I am about 5'4" and 115 lbs. My left breast is larger than my right to the point that no bra fits and I am forced to wear a sports bra everyday. I am happy with my right breast, it is about a 32C where my left won't fit into a size 34D.

I only want to have surgery to correct my left breast and was wondering if it would cost less, instead of having surgery on both.

Doctor Answers 7

Breast asymmetry options

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Thank you for your question. Breast asymmetry is very common, particularly size asymmetry. If you are looking to decrease the asymmetry from one breast to another, then you have several options.
1) You can reduce the larger breast with liposuction
2) You can enlarge the smaller one with fat grafting or an implant
3) You can enlarge both but use different size implants
4) A lift procedure may also be needed to help address differences in shape and nipple position.I would visit with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options in more detail.

Breast surgery for one breast to correct asymmetry?

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Hello! Thank you for your question! It is common for women to have asymmetry of her breasts. Usually, this is simply a benign finding, especially if it has been a finding since development. Sudden changes in one breast alone is more concerning.

If the asymmetry is bothersome to you, there truly is no "natural" way to achieve symmetry. Nothing short of a surgical procedure would ameliorate your issue. Options would be for augmentation of breast(s) with implant(s) of varying sizes or fat, reduction of breast(s) with excision or liposuction.  Cost will vary with geographic location as well as which procedure chosen.  One breast will likely be cheaper. 

Consult with a plastic surgeon to examine examine and discuss the various options available. Your surgeon will help you decide for yourself which option(s) is the best for you. Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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One sided breast reduction to correct asymmetry is possible

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Thank you for your question. If one breast is much larger than the other and is causing your asymmetry, then most likely a reduction mammoplasty can be done on one side to improve your symmetry. Cost will depend on where you live, whether the surgery is done in an outpatient facility or hospital, and the skill and experience of your surgeon. I have no data to base this estimate on but cost could range from $2500-$7500 depending on the above factors.

Asymmetry of the breasts

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  It would seem that you need to consider your smaller breast to be the "target" breast and you can have whatever modification of the larger breast with the reduction you need to match the right breast.

 The areola on the larger breast can be modified at the same time to match the smaller breast areola. 

  Hope this helps.

Correction of breast asymmetry

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Based on the information you have provided, it sounds like a reduction of the larger breast would be the procedure of choice.  This may involve surgical removal of breast tissue with "anchor" or "lollipop" type scars, or liposuction with essentially no scars.  Your board-certified plastic surgeon will advise you on the best procedure for you.  

Andrew P. Giacobbe, MD
Buffalo Plastic Surgeon

What is the least invasive way to treat breast asymmetry if one side is acceptable?

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If one breast size and shape is acceptable the other side could be reduced and shaped to match the smaller side. This is a very common operation in a unilateral breast reconstruction. In these cases one has to match the reconstructed breast by reducing and lifting the other side.

Least expensive way to correct uneven breasts and dissatsifaction with larger breasts: liposuction (VIDEO)?

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Probably the least invasive procedure and least costly would be one sided (unilateral) breast reduction surgery. I have attached a video showing before and after results of a two sided reduction with liposuction

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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