If you have a size or shape difference between your breasts known as breast asymmetry or poland sydrome, we can improve it with surgery. Treatment may include a breast uplift, reduction or enlargement – all of which can be discussed with your consultant plastic surgeon at a free, no obligation consultation.
Considering Breast Asymmetry Correction?
It is very common to have a slight difference in the shape and size of your breasts. Other parts of our body are not symmetrical and this is also the case with breast tissue. In most cases this is mild and may not be severe enough to consider surgery.
One of the known causes of asymmetrical breasts is poland’s syndrome. Poland’s syndrome results in a reduction in the size of one of your breasts and sometimes the underlying chest muscle and rib cage. It is thought to be caused by insufficient blood supply to the breast area during childhood. It is known to affect the right side more commonly than the left and is actually more common in males but more noticeable in females due to their increased breast development. It can also be associated with abnormalities in the arm and hand on the affected side. Most people who experience breast asymmetry don’t suffer from this syndrome and the cause of the asymmetry is actually unknown.If you are concerned that your breasts are asymmetrical it might be worth arranging a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss what can be done to improve this. Breast asymmetry is not considered a dangerous disorder unless your breasts have recently developed asymmetry. If you have noticed any recent change in your breast shape or a discharge from your nipple we would advise you to schedule an appointment with your General Practitioner.
How will it impact your life?
Prior to their breast asymmetry correction many of our patients found it very difficult growing up as they started to realise their breasts were different to other women, causing distress and embarrassment. Improving the symmetry of your breasts with cosmetic surgery can make you both look and feel better. You will no longer have to disguise your breasts, or be limited to certain types of clothing which can significantly boost your self-esteem. Our surgeons actually find this area of plastic surgery one of the most rewarding as it makes people feel much better about themselves and improves their quality of life.
Is Breast Asymmetry Correction right for you?
The best solution for you varies between each person as the appearance of breast asymmetry is variable. Questions you should ask yourself are:
Do you prefer the volume of the larger or smaller breast?
Do you think your nipples are in a low position?
Are your nipples and the brown area around them (the areola) normal?
Are your breasts a normal shape?
Depending on the answers to these questions you may require surgery to one or both of your breasts. This can involve:
A breast reduction of your larger breast
A breast enlargement of your smaller breast
A breast uplift (mastopexy) on one or both of your breasts if your nipple is in a low position
Surgery to reduce the size of one or both of your areolas (the brown area around your nipple)
Surgery to reduce the prominence of your areolas if they are domed and raised
In many cases a combination of the above procedures is needed to improve the symmetry of your bust.
Your plastic surgeon will discuss your available options during your consultation, allowing you to decide whether this surgery is right for you.
What are my options?
The size and shape of your breasts and how much reduction you desire are factors that will help your plastic surgeon determine the best technique for you. In some cases it will be possible to avoid the vertical incision that runs from the bottom edge of the areolas to the breast crease or the horizontal incision underneath the breast (typical components of the anchor incision). Rarely, if your breasts are extremely large, the nipples and areolas may have to be completely detached before they are shifted to a higher level. In such a case, you will have made the decision to sacrifice sensation and the possibility of breast-feeding to achieve your desired breast size. Another breast reduction option, which is appropriate only in a select group of women, is liposuction alone.
After your surgery and beyond
A one night stay in hospital is usually necessary after any of the above treatments for breast asymmetry. However, your recovery will ultimately depend on the type of surgery you have undergone. It is important to note that some breast reduction and breast uplift techniques can lower your chance of successfully breastfeeding future babies and this should therefore be a factor in deciding whether this type of corrective surgery is for you. You can expect your results from corrective surgery to be stable if you are over the age of 18 as your breasts are no longer growing. Please note that in many cases it is not possible to achieve absolute symmetry therefore we aim for improvement rather than perfection.