Breast Asymmetry

Asymmetric breasts occur in a lot of women. It is a common condition where one breast is smaller or larger than the other. Women with asymmetrical breasts often have difficulty finding clothing, a bra, or even a swimsuit that fits perfectly. While it’s not something that is life-threatening, it can make women feel self-conscious – but there is a way to address this problem. Corrective breast surgery can create more evenly shaped and sized breasts that can help with their self-confidence.

Before a breast asymmetry procedure, the patient will undergo an initial consultation with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. The doctor will assess the patient, and provide recommendations to address the issue. Depending on what is required, the surgeon may decide to insert an implant to fill out the smaller breast and match the size of the other, but this might not be necessary and depends on the individual client.

The surgeon will discuss with the patient how the procedure will be carried out. When an implant is to be used, the doctor will determine the shape and size of the asymmetric breast prior to the surgery. He or she will explain the different implant types that are best suited for the case.

Another solution might be to reposition the areola and nipple of the smaller breast to match the other breast. However, it is important to understand that no two breasts are identical. As the saying goes, “they are sisters, not twins”. There will always be slight differences between two breasts. The surgeon will do what he or she can to make the asymmetric breast shape and size to look more alike.

The procedure is normally conducted under a general anaesthetic. The time the surgery takes should be discussed with the patient by the surgeon during the pre-surgery consultation. It is crucial to ask as many questions as possible before the procedure to ensure you understand the whole process.

What happens during recovery

The patient may feel fatigued right after the surgery. It is normal to feel some soreness around the area, and the breasts may feel tender. The surgeon may also prescribe medications to help the patient manage the pain and discomfort. A surgical bra may be worn to support the breast – some surgeons choose not to recommend a surgical support bra – it’s a personal thing.

Rest is highly recommended during the first few days following the surgery. The patient may also feel faint for several days post-procedure, and this is perfectly normal as the body is healing.

Swelling and/or bruising may be seen around the breast. It is recommended that the patient stay home to recuperate for as long as needed (usually at least a week or so). The patient might feel ready to gently return to normal activities a week or more after surgery.

The newly-shaped breast will gradually “settle” into its natural position during the healing process.

Risks and Complications

Asymmetry breast procedures are comparatively safe with extremely rare complications. As with any type of surgery, developing an infection or an adverse reaction to anaesthesia may occur. Such instances are rare, but the surgeon and their team should monitor the patient’s condition and treat the reaction or infection.

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What is Capsular Contracture? Dr Jeremy Hunt explains… November 30, 2017 - It is estimated that approximately 5% of women who have breast implants will develop capsular contracture. About three quarters of these will happen in the first two years after breast augmentation surgery. It can also happen as a result of implant rupture any number of years after the implants are inserted. Dr Jeremy Hunt, Plastic Surgeon from Edgecliff NSW, to help us understand what is capsular contracture and how do we deal with it? What is Capsular Contracture? Capsular contracture is the hardening of the collagen layer that normally forms around a breast implant. All implants will develop a capsule, and the problem is when this capsule becomes thickened and feels firmer – this is capsular contracture. Scar tissue forms a lining around every breast implant; saline or silicone; as a natural reaction to what is a foreign material within the body. This lining is called a capsule, and it is when this capsule of scar tissue contracts and tightens onto the breast implant that capsular contracture occurs. It can be caused from a few triggers such as infection, trauma to the implant, the implant being too big without enough skin to cover it, radiation exposure and other reasons; however, […]
Dr Allan Kalus - Fat Transfer to the Breast Dr Allan Kalus talks about Fat Transfer to the Breast November 29, 2017 - Dr Allan Kalus from Avenue Plastic Surgery in VIC was one of Australia’s first plastic surgeons to embrace fat transfer to the breast. He is at the forefront of the fat movement and uses the latest techniques and innovations to get the best results. I spoke to him at the 40th ASAPS conference earlier this year about this increasingly popular procedure. Dr Allan Kalus: So we’re having a most interesting meeting here in Melbourne at the Grand Hyatt hotel and one area, one new area that’s been discussed has been fat transfer to the breast. And in my practice, this has been the fastest growing procedure over the last four years. We are fortunate and privileged to be leaders in the field and we’ve done hundreds of cases now and it’s important for women to realise that there is now a totally natural alternative to breast implants. And we’ve long known that breast implants, although they’re great, they are associated with lots of problems, with capsular contracture, and scarring, even malposition, the latest problems of ALCL which is a lymphoma of the capsule. We’ve heard a lot about these problems and women having breast augmentation are all told these days […]
Skye’s Corrective Breast Surgery – Getting it Right Second Time Around November 22, 2017 - Skye is a 34 year old lady who after breastfeeding her child underwent bilateral breast augmentation in Russia in 2000 by injection of 190cc of an initially unidentified substance, later determined to be Polyacrylamide Hydrogel (PAAG). This substance is known to have been used in the former Soviet Union for many years in plastic and aesthetic surgery. In Skye’s case, she ended up with complications and having to have corrective breast surgery with Dr Patrick Tansley of NorthEast Plastic Surgery. This is her story about getting it right the second time around. Skye says. “I needed help with fixing aftermath of previous plastic surgery, it was becoming a serious health issue. I also wanted to look feminine again and have natural looking breasts.” Mr Tansley tells us about when he first met Skye. “At her initial consultation with NorthEast Plastic Surgery, Skye expressed the desire simply to have an improved, natural shape that was proportionate. Appropriate research, investigations, ultrasound and MRI imaging was undertaken, which identified the nature of the PAAG gel and the anatomical extent of her problem.Skye had developed progressive asymmetrical deformation of the breasts along with the gel becoming mobile within not only the breast soft tissues, […]
Motiva Breast Implants - Dr Giovanni Botti Motiva Breast Implants – Why are they a good option? November 21, 2017 - Motiva are a breast implant brand with a good reputation and at the forefront of the breast implant industry when it comes to design and producing a variety of breast implant choices for women. Many Australian plastic surgeons prefer Motiva breast implants and I caught up with Dr Giovanni Botti at the recent 40th Annual ASAPS conference to ask him why. Why should women choose Motiva Breast Implants and for which type of patient is it best suited? Dr Giovanni Botti: This kind of new implants is, to me, revolutionary. They are deeply different from any other implant because they are much softer. The consistency is very similar to the one of the breast mound and they move together with the body when the body change its position so the breasts should get a different shape. These implants give this kind of result. Furthermore, they don’t have the common complications of other implants like the macrotexture ones, like double capsules, seroma, or even maybe ALCL, which is a kind of cancer, lymphoma. There are several advantages in choosing this kind of implants. Why is it worth patient’s investing a little more in their implants initially, rather than opting for a […]

Trish

Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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