Breast Asymmetry Corrections
All women have some degree of breast asymmetry; there is no such thing as perfectly symmetrical breasts. In some cases the degree of asymmetry is sufficiently significant as to cause distress to the person. Breast asymmetry-correction surgery is conducted to reduce differences in breast shape, size, and position of the nipple.
BEFORE & AFTER
What is Breast Asymmetry Correction?
Breasts differ in various ways, including size, shape, nipple position, areola size, and often in combinations. Breast asymmetry surgery is conducted to correct one or more of these various types of asymmetry. Typically, women have one breast that is slightly bigger than the other, usually less than a bra-cup size. Slight differences in breast shape and size are normal and are not typically worth surgical correction. If breasts differ by more than one bra-cup size, or have a noticeable difference of another type, it can cause psychological distress. Such differences can also cause difficulty fitting bras, bathing suits, and clothing.
There are three basic ways to conduct an asymmetry correction. Surgical correction of breast asymmetry might include any of the following:
- Breast lift (mastopexy) – lift and tighten droopy/saggy breasts
- Breast augmentation – increase the size of breasts
- Breast reduction – reduces the size of one or both of the breasts
Oftentimes, Dr. Bray recommends combinations of these procedures in the same patient, depending on the nature of the asymmetry. For example a patient may require a breast lift on one side, and an augmentation with areola reduction on the other.
The Dr. Bray Difference
Dr. Bray has been practicing breast asymmetry corrections for over 20 years. Over his experience, he has learned of the various solutions to this procedure. Thus, he takes into account many options.
When assessing the patient, he reviews the difference in breast size, shape, and areola size. Oftentimes, he finds combinations of asymmetries in these areas. Whereas some surgeons may operate with only one or two methods, Dr. Bray combines techniques. Since he works holistically, he considers strategic liposuction, lifting, increasing projection, breast reduction, nipple inversion-correction, and breast augmentation. Because of his attention to detail, he usually combines multiple different strategies to achieve the best possible result.
What You Should Know About Breast Asymmetry Correction
What questions should you ask during your consultation?
Dr. Bray will perform a consultation first to assess your concerns and goals, and review the various treatment options. During your consultation, please feel free to ask questions.
Here are some questions to consider:
- What do I need to do to prepare for asymmetry surgery?
- What can I expect to see from an asymmetry surgery?
- How long does recovery take?
- What are the risks or complications of asymmetry surgery?
- Do you have reviews and/or photos of past asymmetry correction procedures?
Who is a candidate for asymmetry correction?
If someone has one breast with a significantly different size or shape from the other, asymmetry correction surgery might be an option for them. The procedure can either increase the breast’s size with an enlargement or reduce the size with reduction surgery. If the asymmetry of your breasts is causing you psychological distress, then the cosmetic procedure might be a valuable option. Any patient in good health, over 18 years old, and dissatisfied with their breast symmetry are candidates for asymmetry correction. Due to the significant breast changes that can occur with pregnancy and breastfeeding, surgery should be postponed for any woman planning to become pregnant in the near future. Those who have recently had a child should wait at least 6 months after completion of breastfeeding.
What is the cost of breast asymmetry surgery?
Costs depend on the length of the procedure and the techniques needed. Breast augmentation using silicone implants will cost more than a procedure that does not require implants. And a surgery on both breasts will cost more than on one breast. Given that the treatment options are so widely variable, making estimates of cost is virtually impossible without a proper consultation. If you are considering this procedure, please call Dr. Bray’s office to schedule a consultation.
What are the risks of an asymmetry correction?
The asymmetry correction procedure is safe, and Dr. Bray takes the utmost precautions when performing any procedure. However, like all surgeries, there are potential complications and risks involved.
Such complications could include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Chest pain, shortness of breath, or rapid heartbeat
- Adverse reaction to anaesthesia
- Implant rupture or leakage
- Capsular contracture (tight scar tissue around a breast implant)
- Residual breast asymmetry (perfect symmetry is not possible after surgery)
- Excessive scarring
- Loss of sensation in the nipple
- Reduced ability to successfully breastfeed in the future
Preparing for Breast Asymmetry Correction
Medical conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, thyroid problems, diabetes or the regular use of certain medications might affect your surgery. If any of this applies to you, please consult with Dr. Bray first.
No smoking of any sort of nicotine, vape or marijuana products for approximately six weeks before your procedure. Continuing to do so might adversely affect your surgical outcome. We also advise not consuming alcohol at least a week prior to surgery.
Follow Dr. Bray’s instructions concerning diet, hygiene and medications. Before any kind of surgery, your stomach should be empty, which is why you should not eat or drink after midnight the day before the procedure.
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes to allow easier changing of clothes before and after surgery. Please arrive without any jewelry, makeup and nail polish on the day of the procedure. If you wear contact lenses, please switch them out for glasses.
Plan enough time for your recovery. Taking a few days off from work will be essential. Patients usually require between 3 and 7 recovery days before returning to office-type work. Those with physically-demanding jobs will require more time, typically 2-3 weeks.
Ask someone to drive you to your appointment and pick you up after surgery. By law, you cannot drive after your surgical operations, thus you will need to arrange a ride home.
In line with COVID-19 regulations, we have reassessed our cleaning and sterilization protocols. Upon arrival in our office we conduct symptom screenings with a questionnaire and check our patients’ temperature. We also require mask wearing for our staff and patients. COVID-19 testing before surgical procedures is mandatory in order to protect our staff. Please inform yourself regarding testing centers in your area and arrange for testing prior to your surgery.
We require a number of lab tests, diagnostic tests and medical evaluations leading up to your surgery. The nature of these tests will vary according to the procedure, your age, health, history, and other key health factors. Make sure to run all the necessary blood work and receive clearance before any surgical procedure. Necessary testing may change based on procedure, age, health, history and other factors.
Two weeks before surgery
It’s of utmost importance to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet, supplements and medications. Stop drinking alcohol and smoking of any kind. Avoid exposure to sick people and quit taking blood thinning medications, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and a number of supplements. Post-surgery preparations should be made, such as arranging transportation, getting time off from work, stocking up on food and anything else you will need post-surgery and making sure someone will stay with you during the first two days after the procedure.
Day before surgery
Figure out what you are going to wear, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding pre-surgery fasting and any other preparation measures. Go to bed early and get well rested before your big day. We also recommend getting your house in order and buying ice packs to help with swelling after the surgery.
What to Expect After Asymmetry Correction for Breasts
It is crucial to follow Dr. Bray’s dietary guidelines, medications, and movement restrictions in order to improve the healing process. Certain symptoms are inevitable, such as bruised, sore, and swollen breast areas. This can be mediated with ice packs, and a compression garment worn up to 6 weeks. It is also critical to avoid any strenuous workouts or heavy lifting for up to 6 weeks.
Since Dr. Bray is very involved in the aftercare process, he arranges post-operative check-ins. During these appointments, he will assess your healing process, review activity restrictions, and discuss scar management. After surgery, arrange to have someone to help you back home.
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*INDIVIDUAL RESULTS MAY VARY
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