What surgery would you suggest for me? I clearly have asymmetric breasts and I would like to know what surgery you would advise? I have realistic expectations and know that its not possible for 100% asymmetry. Im looking for a natural look that will even out my breasts the best they can be.
Natural Look for Uneven Breasts - Type of Surgery?
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Natural Look for uneven breasts
In many breast augmentation patients, like the photo you have included, the inframammary fold needs to be lowered in order to allow the implant to rest at a level that appears natural relative to the position of the nipple and areola. Ideally the implant should be centered directly behind the nipple-areola complex (NAC). In profile, the natural-appearing breast is not convex in the upper pole, and an excessively convex and overly full upper pole is a dead giveaway that a breast implant sits below the skin. In addition, inadequate release of the inferior origin of the pectoralis major will allow the muscle to hold the implant in too high a position, and may even cause the implant to displace upwards (as high as the collar bone in some patients) when the muscle contracts. Patients with this problem require reoperation to release the inferior origin of the pec major and/or the inframammary fold. Likewise, if the inframammary fold is lowered too far, the augmented breast will appear 'bottomed out', with an excessively full lower pole, an empty upper pole, and a nipple/areola that appears to sit too high on the breast - another situation with a distinctly unnatural appearance, and one that requires surgical correction: repair of the inframammary fold(s).
You will likely require different sized breast implants but the result can be beautiful/ My photo gallery included women who started with uneven breasts and women with tuberous breasts. You can see what the possibility is for you.
Surgery for uneven breasts
There are different ways to approach uneven breasts. Given your photograph, I would recommend a lift and slight reduction on the right breast so that it looks more like the left breast. If you if you tried to correct this with implants alone the left breast would be firm and gravity defying, but the right breast which has more natural volume and droop would still have laxity and would not behave or look the same as the left.
Addressing the right breast only, without implants would give you a much more even starting situation whether one day you chose to add implants or not.
In an ideal situation a patient would have the same amount of natural breast tissue and same amount of implant volume. While smaller differences can be tolerated larger differences tend not to look as good.
I generally believe that an implant on one side only never looks good. The non implanted side never looks or behave the same way.
I hope this helps in your decision-making process and I wish you the best.
How to Fix Uneven Breasts
- First decide if you like one of your breasts as it is now.
- If you like the right breast, then you would benefit from a Spectrum implant placed in the left. This is a postoperative adjustable implant from Mentor.
- If you like the left breast, then you would need a reduction of the right side.
- If you do not like either breast then decide what you want, larger, smaller, or in between.
An experienced plastic surgeon can do a variety of things to make your breasts more symmetrical, but they will never be identical. Be sure to sit down and discuss your options with several different surgeons and choose the surgeon you are most comfortable with.
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Best way to approach breast asymmetry
I think the best way to approach correcting breast asymmetry is to have realistic expectations as to what can be achieved. Although no one can expect to achieve perfection, realizing that significant improvement can be achieved should be the goal.
Sometimes, breast asymmetry is approached in a staged fashion. First you should decide which breast you like best and discuss with your plastic surgeon how you can best get your opposite breast to match. This may require an implant, reduction, lift, or augmentation with lift. Sometimes, it is easier to correct one breast to best match the other, even if this is not the breast you like best. Other times, you may need to have both breasts addressed.
Because there are so many variables and options, I would recommend scheduling a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon for an evaluation and to discuss your options. This is the best way to see what can be accomplished and to make sure you are comfortable with your surgeon as well as the proposed surgery.
Natural asymmetry correction
Most women have one breast that’s bigger than the other just like they might have a leg or arm that’s slightly longer than the other. (And by the way, when you have your next pedicure, look and see if your toes exactly match!) The point is that it’s rare for the human body to be symmetrical. However, in some women the difference in breast size and shape is more noticeable, and this is where a breast augmentation and/or a breast lift can be a big help.
It is very common to use two different implant sizes to adjust for the difference in natural breast tissue. In cases like yours, one breast may need a lift while the other one does not. Interestingly, breasts often heal from surgery differently too!
You have a few options available based on what you want to achieve. I encourage you to see multiple board certified plastic surgeons who will work with you during your consultation to explain and show you the reasons he makes certain recommendations. Make sure they can show you many examples of cases similar to yours where they have achieved great results!
How to fix asymmetrical breasts and achieve a natural result.
I think that the first question that you should ask yourself is which breast do you like best? Once you've made this decision, the discussion with your plastic surgeon becomes how to best match your least favorite breast to it. Sometimes this only requires utilizing two implants of different sizes and other times it requires a reduction, lift, augmentation or some combination of these procedures.
I would strongly recommend consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is well experienced in breast procedures. At the time of your consultation, your options, anatomy and cosmetic surgery goals will be thoroughly discussed and the best plan of action can be proposed. I hope you find this helpful and best of luck!
Breast asymmetry 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.
Combine implants with a one sided lift to correct asymmetry
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