Improving breast symmetry with plastic surgery
Most women have breasts that are not perfectly even. One nipple is usually higher than the other. One breast is usually larger. Each breast usually has a unique shape. Most asymmetries are minor. In some cases, the asymmetry is significant enough that we recommend specific steps to improve symmetry.
Breast Size Asymmetry
We can improve size asymmetry in a couple of ways. If there is a big difference in size, we can use different sized breast implants to make up the difference. For small differences in size, saline implants can be used and the fill adjusted to even out breast size.
If one areola is much larger than the other, we can improve symmetry by reducing the larger areola. This is done by making an incision around the areola and removing a ring of skin from the outside. This is the same incision as a doughnut type breast lift. This can also be used to improve mild asymmetries of nipple position.
Breast Shape Asymmetry
The amount of skin on each breast significantly affects shape. More skin generally means more sagging. Frequently, women will develop more sagging on one side after breastfeeding. A breast lift can be performed to improve shape. Even if both sides need a lift, the amount of lift can be adjusted on each side to improve symmetry.
Congenital Breast Asymmetry
Some women develop breasts that are radically different in shape during puberty. Sometimes breasts may develop a tubular or constricted shape. This can happen on one or both sides. It can be very distressing to the individual. Improvement is possible. Generally, incisions are made around the areola to release the tight, constricting bands. Next implants may be placed to increase size, improve size symmetry and improve shape.
There are as many types of breast asymmetry as there are individuals. Fortunately, our plastic surgeons are skilled at various techniques that can be used to maximize your result. We are excited to help you reach your cosmetic surgery goals. Contact us today to arrange a consultation with one of our Cincinnati based plastic surgeons.