It is perfectly normal to have slightly varying sizes of breasts. More women than not have at least a little variance between their breasts. For some, though, this imbalance can be anxiety-provoking and cause major hits to self-esteem.
Asymmetrical breasts can make finding clothing that fits properly or bras almost impossible. Shirt and dresses may increase the appearance of lopsidedness, and bras may never fit right within one size. Between 25 and 50 percent of women report having breast asymmetry that causes serious concern.
Luckily, you have options. With our cutting edge technologies and state-of-the-art surgical techniques, the days of living with embarrassingly uneven breasts can be over. Dr. Maida Parkins specializes in breast augmentation and is happy to answer any of your questions or concerns about the options available to surgically correct uneven breasts. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and read on about the five most important things to know about breast augmentation for uneven breasts.
1. Kinds of Breast Asymmetry
While there are many subtle variations to the kinds of breast asymmetry we see in the office, the two most common conditions are breast hypoplasia and tuberous breasts.
Breast hypoplasia is defined as one breast developing markedly less than the other. This can lead to severe size differences.
Tuberous breasts, however, can affect one or both breasts. This condition is characterized by the breasts developing into thin and long tube-like shapes, narrowly and abnormally positioned on the chest. Tuberous breasts also can develop droopy and enlarged areolas.
2. Causes of Uneven Breasts
A number of factors can cause uneven breasts. Different kinds of breast asymmetry are often the products of a patient’s unique environment and lifestyle. A few of the most common contributors and causes of breast asymmetry are:
- Fluctuating weight
- The results of pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Changes in your hormonal balance
- Sagging skin after weight loss, affecting the area around your breast tissue
- Injuries to the breasts
3. Available Corrective Surgical Options
There are several surgical options available to address the unique circumstances of each patient’s breast asymmetry. These can include a single or multiple procedures, combining different techniques guarantees you will receive optimal results.
Generally, patients receive one or a combination of breast augmentation to enlarge the smaller of your two breasts, breast reduction to reduce the size of your larger breast, a breast lift to realign breast and nipple positioning, or alteration of the sizes of both breasts.
Dr. Parkins utilizes these surgical innovations to guarantee results and natural, even breast appearance. Your procedure(s) will be catered specifically to your individual needs, aesthetic goals, and symptoms. Where one person may be able to achieve results with a single treatment, other patients may need multiple operations to correct breast asymmetry. Implants, nipple realignment, and augmentation can work in combination to address any issues you are facing.
Breast augmentation is an excellent fit for most patients with breast asymmetry. However, some cases may not be good candidates. Dr. Parkins will help determine whether you make a good candidate and discuss all the options available to improve your breast’s appearance.
4. The Breast Augmentation Process
The breast augmentation surgical process differs for each individual patient. Your surgeon will match the size of your breasts as closely as possible using your chosen method of augmentation.
Surgery may involve the use of implants on one side and a lift or reduction on the other. Dr. Parkins will determine a treatment plan to best address the issues you are facing and deliver optimal results. She will discuss all the available options to find which best suits your lifestyle and goals.
Usually, patients receive general anesthetic while undergoing surgery and may stay overnight in a hospital. As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks of complications. Dr. Parkins will thoroughly discuss these during your consultation and will give you all the information and tools to minimize complications.
If you have any lasting questions or concerns, board-certified Dr. Parkins is glad to discuss your options and find solutions.
5. Choosing a Breast Augmentation Expert
It is imperative to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to complete your breast augmentation, ideally one with specialized expertise in breast surgery. Dr. Parkins is an accomplished expert at this delicate procedure. If you would like to schedule a consultation, do not hesitate to reach out today.