Breast asymmetry is not uncommon. Most women have some variance in size from one breast to the other. Issues arise when that variance is significant. Asymmetry, when one breast is a vastly different shape or size than the other, can make it difficult to fit a bra or bathing suit. Naturally, this condition can cause a great deal of frustration and self-consciousness. Asymmetry is rarely a medical concern, but it is a cosmetic problem that may require correction. There are a number of direct reasons why asymmetry may occur, from pregnancy and breastfeeding to underdevelopment to hypertrophy. Behind them all seems to be some form of hormonal disruption, often during puberty.
Most women have breasts which are minimally asymmetric or slightly different with respect to size, shape and/or position. They may notice a slight difference in how they “fill out” their bra or may not even be aware of any difference. However, for a small number of women, their breast asymmetry may be more pronounced and noticeable. Such pronounced asymmetry may arise unexpectedly during pubertal breast development or may be attributable to specific congenital or birth defects. Alternatively, chest wall trauma, surgery or burns in childhood can affect female breast development and create significant breast asymmetry. For these women, surgical breast asymmetry correction may be appropriate.
Most healthy women who wish to achieve or restore harmony to their appearance can be good candidates for breast asymmetry correction. This treatment is not a singular procedure, such as breast augmentation; it is a treatment protocol that is tailored to the individual. Patients should be in good health and should not smoke. If you are interested in plastic surgery to improve the appearance of your breasts and you smoke, now is a good time to quit. The more time between smoking cessation and your surgery, the better equipped your body will be to heal properly.
In addition to maintaining good health, breast surgery patients generally achieve the most satisfying results when they have realistic expectations. Dr. Kimmel spends time with each patient, first listening to their concerns and desired outcome, and then discussing which procedures may be appropriate for them. In this discussion, patients discover what each surgical technique can achieve and, from that, develop a general expectation regarding their surgical outcome. No breasts are perfect, but breast asymmetry correction can get them close.
When considering breast asymmetry correction surgery, it is particularly important that you select a qualified plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) who is experienced in the surgical correction of pronounced breast asymmetry and who operates in a State Licensed, Nationally Accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center (see ‘about Keystone Surgery Center’). As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of clinical practice experience and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Mark of Distinction in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery® ASAPS), Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your goals and enjoy a happier, more confident lifestyle.
Plastic surgery procedures are often combined to achieve optimal results. Breast procedures performed to improve symmetry may be combined with other techniques, such as abdominoplasty or liposuction, to accentuate shape even further.
Patients who are interested in correcting asymmetrical breasts can begin to prepare for their plastic surgery procedure by nourishing their bodies. The primary objective before surgery is to set the body up for optimal healing after the procedure. This can be achieved by getting plenty of rest, eating nutritious foods, and avoiding smoking and alcohol. Patients should inform our office regarding all medications and supplements they are taking. Some products thin the blood and may need to be avoided before surgery.
Breast asymmetry correction is not a given procedure. The process looks different for every patient and is designed based on the findings of their initial examination. Some asymmetry may be corrected with breast implants alone. Some may require a breast lift or reconstructive techniques. Our patients leave their consultation with a clear understanding of what it would take to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results.
These surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia lasting 2-4 hours.
No. Dr. Kimmel performs his breast procedures in an accredited outpatient surgery center utilizing general anesthesia. Patients have no recollection of their procedure, and feel no pain during surgery. After anesthesia begins to wear off while the patient is still in the monitored recovery area, they may feel soreness or a heavy or tight sensation, depending on the procedure they have had done. Prescription pain medication aids in the early phase of recovery. Patients are advised to take their medication as directed and get plenty of rest. These steps, as well as wearing the recommended compression bra, work together to minimize swelling and discomfort.
Recovery from most breast procedures is relatively short. Pain and swelling subside significantly in 5 to 7 days and are managed with prescription medication and compression. Patients receive detailed post-op recovery instructions regarding showering and activity levels. Generally, it is necessary to avoid lifting, pushing, or carrying objects that weigh more than a few pounds. Patients can and should walk a few times a day as they are comfortable. This helps maintain good circulation through the tissues that are healing and also minimizes the risk of blood clots in the legs. While most patients can return to work after 10 to 14 days, those whose jobs are physically demanding may need more time off. Full clearance for normal activities is usually granted about 6 weeks post-op.
Breast asymmetry correction is tailored to every patient. The extent of improvement is usually very good but will be influenced by the degree of asymmetry that is present. Dr. Kimmel is thoughtful in his discussion with each patient when setting expectations for their potential results. Breast symmetry is never perfect, not even in the most beautiful bodies. However, the right plastic surgery procedures can achieve significant improvement. To get to know what is possible for you, schedule a consultation in one of our friendly offices.