It is not unusual to have one breast slightly larger or with a slightly different shape than the other. However, when the difference is significant, breast asymmetry can be a major cosmetic problem. Dr. Hilton Becker is a breast surgeon in Boca Raton who performs cosmetic breast surgery with artistry and skill to restore symmetry to the breasts.
What Causes Breast Asymmetry?
A number of different factors can lead to asymmetrical breasts, including:
- Uneven development during adolescence
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Sudden, extreme growth of one breast as a teenager or young adult
- Asymmetrical shrinkage due to aging
- Weight fluctuations
- Mastectomy after breast cancer diagnosis
- Unsatisfactory results with a breast augmentation procedure
Reasons to Have Breast Asymmetry Correction
Having uneven breasts can mean more than having one breast larger than the other. Breast asymmetry can involve:
- Disparity in breast size
- Nipples and areolas of different shapes and sizes
- Uneven nipple positions
- Different breast shapes
Minor breast asymmetry (when both breasts are approximately the same cup size) is not necessarily a problem. You may want to consider breast asymmetry correction if you must change the way you dress or pad out one side of your bra to compensate, or if the differences between your breasts are embarrassingly noticeable and cause you to feel self-conscious about your body image.
Options for Correcting Breast Asymmetry
Breasts can be uneven in a number of different ways, and therefore, there are several surgical methods to correct asymmetry:
Breast augmentation with implants: If one breast is significantly larger than the other, breast implant surgery can help create uniformity in size. However, if you have an implant placed in the smaller breast, you will probably need an implant in the larger breast as well to create symmetry in both breasts. The adjustable breast implant developed by Dr. Becker is particularly helpful in correcting breast asymmetry. To learn more, click here.
Breast reduction: In some cases, the best way to achieve symmetry when one breast is larger than the other is to reduce the size of the larger breast. This can be achieved with breast reduction surgery. Nipple and areola asymmetry can also be corrected in this procedure.
Breast lift: Asymmetry can involve sagging and differences in the shape of the breasts. Breast reduction surgery can lift the breasts, improve their shape, and make them more symmetrical in appearance. The nipples can be repositioned and the areolas reduced in this surgery.
Fat transfer breast augmentation: With this technique, your surgeon can increase the size of the smaller breast using your own natural fat taken from fat deposits in other areas of the body. As the treated breast will look and feel natural, this treatment can help make the breasts as similar and symmetrical as possible.
Custom-Tailored Breast Asymmetry Correction
Dr. Hilton Becker is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Boca Raton, Florida with an extensive background in both reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery. He takes extraordinary care of his patients, with painstaking attention to detail.
If significant breast asymmetry is a cosmetic problem for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Becker. After discussion of your medical history and treatment goals and careful evaluation of your anatomy, he can individually tailor a treatment plan to correct breast asymmetry for you.