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What To Do When Your Breast Look Different

Written by:
Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Breast asymmetry can be associated with normally congenital, developmental or even traumatic or associated with breast cancer which may require breast reconstructive surgery causing breast asymmetry. Breast asymmetry is associated with one breast looking larger or smaller than the other. It can also be associated with one breast being saggier or having more ptosis than the other side. Correcting breast asymmetry can be very difficult, if not impossible. The correction of breast asymmetry may require creative thought, which may include different surgical procedures on one or both breasts in order to create similarities.

Technique #1: Using implants of different sizes to create symmetric breasts. This is most often associated with breast when the nipple areolar complex is above the fold and there is no degree of sagginess (ptosis).

Breast Asymmetry before and after photo 1

Technique #2: Performing a breast reduction on a larger breast and simply a breast lift on the contralateral breast if both show sagginess, but one breast is significantly larger than the other.

Breast Asymmetry before and after photo 2

Technique #3: Placing an implant on one breast and/or an implant and a lift on the other breast if the contralateral breast has a degree of sagginess or ptosis.

Breast Asymmetry before and after photo 3

Breast Asymmetry before and after photo 4

Technique #4: A breast reduction or lift on one breast alone to even it out with the left breast if the left breast shows no degree of sagginess and similar sizes in volumes can be created with a lift and implant on contralateral side.

Technique #5: A culmination of these multople procedures including breast lifts on both sides with different size implants if there is asymmetry of volume and/or both breasts show a significant degree of sagginess with a nipple areolar complex which may be below the inframammary fold grade III ptoris.

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