While every woman has at least some degree of asymmetry in her breasts, for certain women, the asymmetry is significant enough to cause discomfort. This may be physical discomfort, emotional discomfort, or both.
In fact, many women feel self-conscious about having asymmetrical breasts. They may have trouble finding clothes that fit and feel good. Others are concerned about mammogram reports that note “asymmetry”. Finally, breast asymmetry may be caused by improperly inserted implants or shifting implants over time, and this can be a health hazard in addition to being aesthetically displeasing.
So, the question is: Can asymmetry be fixed in the breast? The answer is yes. With breast asymmetry surgery, nearly all cases of uneven breasts can be corrected.
WHAT CAUSES BREAST ASYMMETRY?
Slight asymmetry and uneven breasts is common. However, more significant breast asymmetry may be caused by developmental problems, breast cancer, hormonal issues, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or other conditions. Some breast asymmetry is caused by shifting breast implants or a breast lift, breast augmentation, or fat transfer that was not performed correctly or did not heal well. Significant breast asymmetry is a different story.
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF BREAST ASYMMETRY?
The best and most proven way to get rid of breast asymmetry is to undergo cosmetic surgery. Several cosmetic surgeries can be performed to correct this issue. Which procedure you decide to pursue will depend on:
- What the size difference is between your breasts
- How exactly they differ
- Whether you would like to have larger or smaller breasts overall when the procedure is finished
- Whether you currently have implants
What Is Breast Asymmetry correction Surgery?
Breast asymmetry surgery is a cosmetic procedure that alters one or both breasts to achieve a symmetrical appearance. Depending on the patient’s situation, this may mean:
- Increasing (breast augmentation) or decreasing (reduction) the size of one or both breasts
- Adjusting the position of the breast tissue and/or implants on the chest wall
- Altering the appearance of the breast fold
- Adjusting how the breasts project out from the chest wall (making them closer together or further apart)
Because of the many ways that breasts may be asymmetrical, the procedure to correct the asymmetry may include one or more of the following procedures:
- Breast augmentation (with implants)
- Breast reduction
- Breast fat transfer augmentation
- Breast lift
Question and Answers
Can you fix asymmetrical breasts without surgery?
Some patients want to know how to fix one breast that might be uneven with exercise and other lifestyle changes. While it may be possible to slightly alter the size of one breast or both of your breasts through physical activity or dieting, it is unlikely any significant changes can be made.
One way you can fix breast asymmetry without surgery is to simply purchase a padded bra that only has padding on the side where you need more volume. A wide range of bras for uneven breasts are available online and at specialty stores.
Finally, if you breastfeed, make sure you’re breastfeeding an equal amount on both breasts as breastfeeding more on one side is associated with the development of asymmetry.
Can reduction surgery correct breasts that are asymmetrical ?
Yes, some women decide to undergo breast reduction surgery to reduce the size of larger breast and make it more like the other. Alternatively, patients have the option of undergoing breast augmentation surgery (or breast fat transfer augmentation) to increase the size of the smaller breast.
Does insurance cover breast asymmetry surgery?
Whether or not insurance covers breast asymmetry surgery really depends on a multitude of factors. If fixing your asymmetry is deemed medically necessary, your insurance provider may cover all or part of the procedure. This isn’t always the case, however, so always check with your provider before assuming your surgery will be covered.
How much does asymmetrical breast surgery cost?
The average cost of a breast asymmetry surgery is around $8,000 to $12,000, or more. Ultimately, the cost of your procedure will depend on several things, such as the extent of the asymmetry, how you would like it corrected (reduction, augmentation, fat transfer, etc.), who your surgeon is, and where your procedure will be performed.
Does insurance cover asymmetrical breast surgery if the asymmetry was caused by breast cancer?
Sometimes. Certain procedures such as mastectomies and lumpectomies can cause asymmetries, which may be covered by insurance. Always check directly with your provider to know for sure what’s covered.
Is breast asymmetry serious?
Breast asymmetry, which refers to a difference in size, shape, or position between a person’s breasts, is actually quite common and is usually not a serious medical condition.
In fact, it’s estimated that about 25% of women have noticeable breast asymmetry, and in most cases, the difference is so slight that it’s not even noticeable to the naked eye.
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Women will have trouble finding clothing and undergarments that fit, which can negatively impact their self-esteem and confidence. This condition may also make things such as exercise, certain social interactions, and daily living more difficult and uncomfortable. Some women even experience pain.
With surgery, however, you can correct breast asymmetry to improve confidence and quality of life. Dr. David Sieber is experienced and well-trained in the breast asymmetry correction surgery.
To schedule an initial consultation at Sieber Plastic Surgery San Francisco to discuss your concerns, please give our San Francisco office a call today.