BREAST ASYMMETRY DEFINITION AND CAUSES
Breast asymmetry refers to the condition of having breasts that differ in form, position, or volume/size. All women have naturally asymmetric breasts; however, the degree of the asymmetry varies significantly, and is often imperceptible to the naked eye. Although breast asymmetry generally peaks during puberty and resolves itself as women reach adulthood, according to a statistic from Massachusetts General Hospital, approximately 25% of all women suffer from visibly apparent breast asymmetry in their post-pubescent years.
The definitive cause of breast asymmetry has yet to be determined; however, potential contributing factors include: injuries, hormonal imbalances/changes, unilateral hypertrophy (excessive growth) of one breast after mastectomy on the opposite breast, and genetic medical or skeletal conditions. Juvenile (virginal) hypertrophy of the breast is one example of a genetically-based medical condition in which one breast becomes substantially larger than the other and needs to be surgically treated. Most cases of breast asymmetry do not result in medical or health complications; however, breast asymmetry can have a detrimental impact on a woman’s self-esteem and lead to insecurity with one’s aesthetic appearance.
BREAST ASYMMETRY CORRECTIVE SURGERY
Unfortunately, proper diet and exercise do not resolve issues of breast asymmetry, which is why many women who are dissatisfied with the unequal size/shape of their breasts turn to corrective breast surgery for a solution. Surgical options to correct the condition of asymmetrical breasts include:
- Increasing or decreasing the volume of your current silicone or saline breast implants
- Placing implants of different size/volume in order to restore a more balanced and symmetrical breast appearance
Breast augmentation surgeon of Orange County, Dr. Farbod Esmailian, is a double board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast revision surgery. Dr. Esmailian understands the emotional duress that asymmetrical breasts can cause, and employs cutting edge surgical techniques in order to successfully correct his patients’ breast asymmetry issues, restoring balance to their breasts, and increasing their self-confidence and self-esteem levels.
BREAST ASYMMETRY CORRECTION PROCEDURE AND RECOVERY
The procedure for surgery to correct breast asymmetry is similar to that of a breast augmentation procedure (link to breast augmentation procedural details here), and has a similar post-operative recovery period. You will be able to return to your home after your asymmetry correction procedure; however, you will be advised to arrange for someone to assist you for the first few days after your surgery. Discomfort levels after breast asymmetry correction surgery are usually mild to moderate, and can be managed with pain medication.
Most patients find that they are able to return to work within 3-5 days after surgery, and are able to resume most activities within 1-2 weeks, as discomfort lessens and bruising stabilizes. However, should refrain from any strenuous activities that could raise your blood pressure and pulse rate, or which require strenuous use of your arm and chest muscles.
Approximately seven days after your surgery, you will return to the office for a follow-up visit. At this point, your sutures will be removed, and Dr. Esmailian will ensure that your breasts are healing properly. Additional follow-up appointments will be scheduled during two-week, six-week, and three-month intervals.
CONTACT DR. ESMAILIAN
Dr. Esmailian is a skillful and compassionate surgeon, who believes strongly in helping his patients make truly informed decisions about their surgery. During your initial consultation, Dr. Esmailian will take the time to thoroughly discuss your breast asymmetry correction surgery, helping you to understand all of your surgical options, and assessing your current health and aesthetic goals.
If you would like more information about surgery to correct breast asymmetry, please contact our office. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions, and to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Esmailian.