Breast asymmetry is extremely common, but it can be more noticeable in some people more than others. While it occurs in both men and women, it tends to be more noticeable for women due to increased breast growth. If there is a significant difference in size or shape, it can lead to confidence issues.
What causes breast asymmetry?
There are a number of possible underlying causes of breast asymmetry, with Poland’s Syndrome being a potential contributor. This causes the size of one breast to be smaller than the other. It tends to be more common on the right breast and is thought to develop if there was insufficient blood circulation to the breasts throughout childhood. Whatever the cause, there are ways to rectify breast asymmetry via surgery.
What techniques are required to treat breast asymmetry?
A number of different techniques can be used to correct breast asymmetry. It will depend upon how significant the size or shape difference is. The smaller breast can be enhanced via expanders or implants, or the larger breast could be reduced. A mastopexy, or uplift, could also be used on the bigger breast. You will be told which treatment best fits you during your consultation.
What is the recovery like after a breast asymmetry procedure?
All surgical procedures are performed under a general anaesthetic and you will need to stay in hospital overnight. However, the recovery time will vary depending upon which procedure you have undergone. Dressings will need to be worn and changed after a week. You’ll also need to wear a sports bra after the surgery for up to six weeks.
All breast asymmetry procedures typically require at least a two-week recovery period before you return to work. You’ll also need to avoid sporting activities for at least a month. A few days after the surgery, it’s common to experience bruising, swelling and soreness. Pain medication will be prescribed and ice packs could also be used to relieve any soreness. It’s also worth noting that scarring can take up to seven months to fully heal.
What results can I expect from a breast asymmetry procedure?
Once the swelling has fully subsided, the marked breast asymmetry should be corrected, although it is not possible to make the breasts fully symmetrical.