Is it normal for one breast to be more swollen than the other after a breast lift without implants? (photos)
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Asymmetry after breast lift can be due to many factors, most of them non-worrisome!
I would first ask you if your breasts were exactly symmetrical before surgery, and I would expect most patients to answer "No." Even when breasts look pretty similar, actual measurements show that most women are not symmetrical at all, some more or less than others. But "Jello-mold" symmetrical is rare if it exists at all!
Then, you should ask your surgeon if his nurses or pathologist actually weighed the tissue/skin removed during your breast lift. This, too, in rare circumstances matches exactly.
And, finally, there are the inevitable differences in bruising, bleeding, swelling, and even which side you sleep on more (gravity acts to swell the dependent breast more than the "higher" one), or which hand you use more (are you right or left-handed?), all of which play a role in the asymmetry you see now.
Fortunately, unless there is an actual hematoma or seroma (which must be drained with a needle or surgically), time will even most of these factors out, excepting only those cases which had differences pre-operatively that were not accommodated-for in the operating room, or differences in tissue removal in breasts that actually matched pretty well pre-op and had different amounts of tissue or skin removed with the mastopexy. Only time will tell, and talking to your surgeon to ask about the lines of thought described above will help you understand the potential answers. Be patient--this will continue to change for the next 6-12 months, which is how long you should wait before asking for revision should that be needed/desired. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
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