April 21st, 2023
Dr. Thomas Bell, MD
What is Breast Asymmetry?
Breast Asymmetry, often referred to as uneven breasts, means that one breast is a different size or shape than the other. Asymmetry often occurs due to natural reasons, but can cause low self-esteem. Breast asymmetry is usually first noticed during adolescence as the breasts develop, and hormonal changes can cause one breast to grow larger than the other. If your breasts are uneven by the age of 21, they will likely stay that way.
However, you can also have symmetrical breasts that later become asymmetrical due to hormonal changes, breastfeeding and pregnancy, bodily trauma, diseases that affect the breast tissue, or side effects associated with certain medical treatments.
What Causes Uneven Breasts?
Breast asymmetry can be caused by naturally occurring changes in the body, medical conditions, or even bodily trauma. Some reasons why uneven breasts occur include:
- A medical condition impacting the breast tissue
- Developmental/hormonal problems
- Changes in hormones
- Birth control or other contraceptives that affect hormones
- A side effect of medical treatments
Can you Correct Uneven Breasts?
Yes, you can correct uneven breasts. Breast asymmetry correction is a form of breast augmentation and you can correct this concern with a breast lift, breast implants, or a fat transfer to the breast(s). The imbalance in size and shape will be addressed and can be combined with other procedures to improve your breast symmetry. It is recommended that you book a consultation with Dr. Bell at Toronto Plastic Surgeons to understand which breast augmentation option is best for you.
Cosmetic Procedures Offered by Toronto Plastic Surgeons to Correct Breast Asymmetry
Asymmetrical breasts are more common than most people think, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to feel confident with mismatched breasts. Many people seek out some form of breast augmentation to correct asymmetrical breasts so they can feel more confident, have clothes fit better, and reduce the stress on their shoulders.
With breast implants, you can increase the size of one or both breasts with surgical implants. During your consultation with Dr. Bell, you can discuss the different types of breast implant options available to you, such as saline, gel, or gummy bear implants. Keep in mind that you must be 22 to receive silicone gel implants.
If you choose to implant only one breast, you may want to opt for a soft, natural-looking implant that matches the feel and look of your other breast. When you increase the size of your one breast, you may decide that you want to increase the size overall for both breasts. During your consultation, you can decide what you want to do based on state-of-the-art imaging technology that will allow you to understand what your results will look like and adjust them according to your needs and aesthetic desires.
A fat transfer to the breasts is a great way to achieve a natural-looking enlargement and to correct mild asymmetry in the breasts. Dr. Bell will collect fat from a different area of the body, such as the stomach, thighs, or buttocks, and inject the purified fat into the breasts to sculpt and fill the smaller breast. A fat transfer to correct breast asymmetry is a great way to reduce some excess fat in trouble areas while also correcting the symmetry of your breasts.
Another surgery you can consider for breast asymmetry that is often overlooked is a breast lift. Not only can a lift solve issues with symmetry but also makes your bust look perkier and more youthful. Lifts and breast augmentations are often performed in conjunction with one another, so you can also achieve a look that is perky and slightly larger, depending on your aesthetic preferences.
For a breast lift, Dr. Bell will make an incision in a place that is well-hidden or can be hidden with the right bra or bikini. He will then lift and reshape the breast tissue to achieve asymmetry. This procedure can be performed on one or both breasts depending on your aesthetic goals, and excess skin will be removed to create a rejuvenated, youthful appearance.
What is Recovery Like After Breast Asymmetry Correction?
Recovery varies depending on which correctional procedure you choose, but in regards to breast surgery, most patients require 4-6 weeks to fully recover. You can expect some bruising, soreness, and swelling after surgery that will subside over time, and you will have to wear compression garments or a support bra to help with the healing process.
Follow Dr. Bell’s detailed aftercare instructions and attend regular follow-up appointments to ensure you heal fully and achieve your desired symmetrical results.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
With Dr. Bell, you can only expect the best results that fit your desires and needs. Whether you want a natural correction to the asymmetry by fixing the smaller breast, or a full lift and volume enhancement, the Toronto Plastic Surgeons team will make sure you are pleased with the contour and curves that come out of your breast augmentation surgery.
It will take some time for your final results to develop while your breasts settle into their new symmetrical shape, position, and size. Your incisions will fade as you heal, and Dr. Bell will provide you with scar pads, suggestions for compression garments, and wound-healing ointment or prescribed medication to reduce pain, speed up the healing process, and ensure optimal results.
Can you get a breast augmentation performed on one breast?
Yes, you can opt to receive a single breast implant to increase the size or correct the shape of your breast. If your goal is to have your breasts match each other, this is the best option. Implants of different sizes are also often recommended, especially if you have a smaller chest, to correct breast asymmetries and give you perfect-looking results.
Can I correct breast asymmetry through exercise?
No, you cannot correct breast asymmetry through exercise – cosmetic surgery is the only effective solution to correcting breast unevenness.
When will I see results from my breast augmentation?
After your breast augmentation, your breasts will immediately feel tight and appear higher than expected, but over the first few months of recovery, your body will heal and the swelling will subside. By this time, your breasts will appear perkier and have settled into their natural position.