No two breasts are exactly alike. Most women notice that when they look close enough, one breast appears bigger than the other. Unfortunately for some, this asymmetry is more pronounced (occasionally even considered a deformity) and can cause a woman to feel excessively self-conscious.
Padded bras may help balance out breasts that are two different sizes, but surgery is the only way to permanently fix the problem. Here, the team at Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center explains how breast surgery can correct this type of asymmetry to improve self-image and confidence.
Option #1: Reduce the Larger Breast
The first option to fix asymmetry is to make the larger breast smaller through breast reduction. An incision may be made around the areola, sometimes extended down to the crease underneath the breast and along the crease. Through the incision, breast tissue, fat and skin are removed so the breast size and shape matches the smaller side. Liposuction may also be used to help contour the breast. The nipple and areola may be shifted to a higher location, if needed, and the areola can be reduced in size. By utilizing techniques to reshape the skin envelope of the breast, the nipple can be lifted along with a reduction in the size of the breast.
Option #2: Enlarge the Smaller Breast
If the patient prefers the size of the larger breast, the smaller breast can be enhanced to match it. Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso have two options to augment small breasts: through the placement of an implant or via fat transfer.
Implants come filled with saline or silicone and are available in a variety of many different shapes and sizes. The implants are typically placed through an incision either along the lower breast crease, around the lower edge of the areola or through the armpit. A pocket is created in the native breast tissue or under the muscle to hold the implant.
Alternatively, the breast may be enlarged through a procedure involving transfer of your own fat. Fat transfer is a two-step procedure. First, excess body fat is removed by performing liposuction. The fat is purified before being carefully injected into the breast to add shape and volume. This is done strategically so that the fat develops its own blood supply for long-term results.
If one breast droops significantly more than the other, breast lift techniques can be incorporated into either breast reduction or breast enhancement surgery.
Learn More about Correcting Breast Asymmetry
For more information about correcting breast asymmetry, please contact Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center and request a consultation. Call 650-964-6600 or email us today to make your appointment.