Look at your breasts in the mirror. Are your girls exactly the same? Chances are, the answer is no. Asymmetry of the breasts is extremely common, in fact, most women don’t have breasts that match perfectly. Many of us never give this too much thought, as the differences can be small. However, for some women, this variance in size, shape, or position can be great enough to cause self-doubt and a loss of self-esteem.
Causes of Breast Asymmetry
The primary cause of breast asymmetry is related to genetics. Cases are often idiopathic, meaning there is no specific cause. As the breast tissue develops, the two sides can slowly take on a different appearance. In other situations, trauma or illness (such as cancer) can cause a loss in breast tissue one one side. No matter the cause, however, breast asymmetry takes a toll on a woman’s confidence. While wearing a bra, she may have a ‘normal’ looking chest, but girls with chest asymmetry may be shy to undress in intimate situations.
There are several ways that a plastic surgeon can correct breast asymmetry. The best technique will depend on the individual patient’s existing breast tissue and the extent of correction required.
- Breast Lift: A mastopexy can be used to raise a drooping breasts, making both sides sit evenly on the chest.
- Breast Augmentation: Using implants with differing volumes, a surgeon can achieve the same shape and fullness on both sides of the chest.
- Breast Fat Transfer: A fat transfer takes donor tissue from elsewhere on the body, which is then injected into the breasts for a customized augmentation.
The nipple/areola can also differ from one breast to the other, either in size, location, or the direction they ‘point’. During a breast augmentation, the surgeon can reposition and reshape the nipples. This ensures natural-looking, proportionate breasts.
Only trust an experienced plastic surgeon when considering breast implants. It is important that each implant be perfectly matched with the existing chest tissue in order to achieve similar shape and size breasts. Creating a larger chest, without carefully planned implants, will only make the breasts look bigger, however the differences in symmetry may actually become more noticeable.
Restoring Breast Symmetry in Houston
There is no need to live with a ‘lop-sided’ chest any longer. Seek out the assistance of a board certified plastic surgeon, with experience in breast augmentation. With a reputable surgeon’s help, you can get the shapley, matching breasts you have always dreamed of.
Read more about the options in breast augmentation, taking time to look through the before/after photographs of patients similar to you. When you are comfortable, schedule your consultation with Dr. Vitenas. Call Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery at 281.407.7428 for help scheduling this confidential appointment.