What is Breast Asymmetry?
Asymmetry (difference in breast sizes) or tuberous breasts can be an issue of concern for some patients. In addition to reshaping/repositioning the breast tissue and nipple, Dr Taylor offers two possible solutions:
Implant-assisted involves inserting an implant into the smaller breast to increase size.
Own tissue can be removed or added to assist with asymmetry. This solution may involve a reduction of breast tissue on the larger breast. Or increasing breast size on a smaller breast with fat grafting from other body areas.
During your consultation with Dr Taylor, you will discuss the appropriate option. They will depend on the size difference between breasts, the difference in breast shape, the position of the nipple and patient preferences.
What Can I Expect with Asymmetry Surgery?
A Quick Overview
Surgery time: 1 - 3 hours.
Length of stay in hospital: 0 - 1 night.
Recovery time: (The following are approximate times.)
Driving 3-5 days
Office work 1 week
Strenuous work/ exercise 4-6 weeks.
Garments: Post-surgery compression bra should be worn 24/7 for 4-6 weeks.
Incision and scar: This is dependent on your asymmetry and the surgical approach you decide to take
Other Things to Consider
Perfect symmetry is not possible and does not exist in natural breasts. Dr Taylor will have an honest conversation with you, to inform you what results he feels he will be able to achieve.
Your surgery solution will depend on the size difference between breasts, the difference in breast shape, the position of the nipple and your preferences.
For the implant-assisted option, you may be required to have a tissue expander inserted initially to stretch the skin. This would require a 2nd surgery to replace the expander with a permanent implant.
You can find more information on the procedures at plasticsurgery.org.au