Breast asymmetry correction is a challenging procedure that requires specialist plastic surgical expertise and skills. More than one technique may be required to achieve the desired result. as described below:
- Breast augmentation to match the volume of the larger breast, or insertion of different size implants in both breasts to create larger symmetrical breasts
- Breast reduction to reduce the size and shape of the larger breast
- Mastopexy or breast lift, with or without implants for one or both breasts
- Areola reduction to match the smaller side
- Glandular scoring techniques to release tight or constricted breast tissue
- Fat grafting, using the your body’s own fat to restore some of the volume
- Staged procedure using tissue expanders to recruit extra tissue
Breast asymmetry surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and is usually a day-only or overnight procedure. There is minimal pain after the procedure and this is usually controlled with simple analgesia. All your sutures are self-dissolving and your dressings are waterproof, so you can start having a shower from the day after your surgery. You will be given a garment to wear and this is to be worn for 6 weeks post-operatively.
Most people can return to a level of daily duties the next day but this can vary on an individual basis, so when planning for this surgery we would suggest you plan to have:
A week off work for office-based jobs
10-14 days off work for more physical-type work
Minimal driving for a week following the surgery
If you are considering surgery for breast asymmetry, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.