Surgery to Correct Breast Asymmetry
All women are born with some degree of breast asymmetry. It’s simply part of what makes us human. However, for certain women, this breast asymmetry may be significant, resulting in poor body image and low self-esteem. Breast asymmetry can also be the result from a less than ideal prior breast augmentation, and is one of the primary reasons for breast revision surgery. Breast asymmetry can range from a difference in breast size, breast shape, or position on the chest wall. Dr. David Sieber has extensive training in the correction of breast asymmetry whether congenital or from prior surgeries. During your initial consultation, he’ll work with you to determine the underlying cause of your breast asymmetry and to come up with the best plan for achieving more natural symmetry in your breasts.
Breast asymmetry can cause physical as well as emotional issues. Clothes may not fit the way that you want and patients with breast asymmetry often report feeling self-conscious.
Improvements to Breast Asymmetry:
- Differences in breast shape
- Asymmetry of breast size
- Differences in position of the breast/implant on the chest wall
- Asymmetry of the breast fold
- Symmastia (breasts too close together)
- A breast which is too far out to the side (lateral)
- Length: 1-3 hours
- Anesthesia: General
- Inpt/Outpt: Outpatient
- Side effects: Bruising, swelling, pain
- Recovery: 1 week off from work
To find out more about breast asymmetry surgery with Dr. David Sieber at Sieber Plastic Surgery, call us today at: 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.
Breast Asymmetry Surgery Techniques
Dr. Sieber performs his breast asymmetry surgery under general anesthesia. During your pre-operative visits, he’ll work with you to determine exactly which techniques will deliver the best aesthetic results and ideal symmetry. This may include the use of a breast implant, performing a breast lift, performing a breast reduction, or using fat transfer.
Preparing for Breast Asymmetry Surgery
As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.
Recovery From Breast Asymmetry Surgery
Recovery from breast asymmetry surgery is going to depend on the techniques used to correct your asymmetry. You can expect some swelling and discomfort for the first few days following surgery, but this should begin to subside within 24-48 hours. If a breast implant is placed, your recovery may take longer. It is important to be patient and kind to yourself during your post-operative period as your body heals.
After surgery, you will need to refrain from any rigorous activity for the first 2 weeks, and you shouldn’t lift anything heavier than 10 lbs. You may begin to perform light exercise at 2 weeks post op, but should avoid any chest exercises such as push-ups. You may begin more intense exercise at 4 weeks, and will be released to full activities at 6 weeks following surgery.
Q: I had breast augmentation surgery in the past and now one of my breasts is firmer and higher on my chest wall compared to the other one. What is going on?
A: It sounds like you might have developed a capsular contracture around your breast implant. To fix this, you’ll need to have your implant removed along with the capsule surrounding it. During the same surgery, a new implant will be placed into a newly created pocket.
Q: How do I know that my problem won’t happen again?
A: During your surgery Dr. Sieber may use a mesh which acts as an internal sling to help prevent your breast asymmetry from reoccurring. There are no guarantees, but Dr. Sieber will use all of his additional training specifically in dealing with breast asymmetry to make sure you have the best long term aesthetic outcome.
Q: How long will it take to see my results?
A: If your breast asymmetry is severe then the results should be evident immediately after surgery. However, in most breast surgery cases, it may take 3-6 months before the breast implants have fully settled. Be patient during this process, and let Dr. Sieber know if you have any questions or concerns.