Breast Asymmetry Correction Surgery
Research shows that approximately 90% of women have some form of asymmetry of the breasts. Of that 90%, approximately 25% have a variation of at least one cup size between breasts, while 5-10% demonstrate a larger or more apparent discrepancy. Asymmetry can also be the result of the shape and/or the breasts’ position on the chest. Breast asymmetry correction surgery can alleviate this imbalance and build a more satisfying symmetry of the figure. East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery has made the ECAPS Center for Breast Reconstruction the focus of our practice since its inception. If you are considering a procedure like breast asymmetry correction, the surgeons at ECAPS will offer you exceptional knowledge, experience, and understanding at every stage of the process.
What happens during breast asymmetry correction surgery?
There are many ways to correct breast asymmetry. In some cases, breast implant surgery to augment the smaller breast may be necessary. In other instances, breast reduction surgery on the larger of the two breasts may be a better option. During your consultation, your skilled cosmetic surgeon will help you determine the best type of corrective surgery for you based on your body shape, breast tissue, and goals for your body.
Am I a good candidate for breast asymmetry correction surgery?
You may be a good candidate for breast asymmetry correction surgery if one or more of the following are true:
- Your breasts are fully developed.
- You are in good physical condition and can withstand major surgery.
- The asymmetry of your breasts bothers you.
- Your nipples are not located in an equal position on your chest.
- One of your breasts is noticeably larger than the other.
During your one-on-one consultation with a surgeon at one of our ECAPS offices in New Jersey, you will go over these considerations in order to ensure that your surgery is a success. You should be prepared to discuss your full medical history during your consultation, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances.
Breast Asymmetry Correction Surgery Considerations:
The following factors are also important to consider prior to undergoing breast asymmetry correction surgery:
Weight Loss: You will want to inform your plastic surgeon if you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight. Changes in your size may affect your results, so weight loss is recommended prior to surgery.
Age: Breast asymmetry procedures can be performed on a patient of any age, but East Coast cosmetic surgeons recommend that you wait until breast development has stopped before planning any correction surgeries.
Pregnancy: Pregnancy can cause unpredictable breast changes that could affect the long-term results of your surgery, so it is important to tell your doctor about any plans you have to conceive. It is also important to note that certain breast symmetry surgery techniques have better results than others for those planning to breastfeed in the future.
Surgery and Recovery
Breast asymmetry correction is typically an outpatient surgery performed under general anesthesia. Though sometimes surgeons and patients will opt for a local anesthetic with general sedation. You should be permitted to go home within one day, and will be walking immediately following surgery. It is likely that your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings or a surgical bra. These gauze dressings will be removed within several days and you may then be required to wear a supportive garment. Swelling and discoloration will occur but will improve in about three weeks. It is important to remember that not all recovery processes are the same, and your experience may vary depending on your individual case.
Following your surgery, you will be sent home with a list of detailed care instructions to ensure that your recovery process is a success. Your East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery surgeon will be there to support you through every step of the process—from initial consultation through recovery.