What Does It Involve?
Breast asymmetry can be a congenital issue or acquired. Congenital issues include unilateral underdevelopment, accessory nipples, and in some cases, the difference is related to a congenital syndrome known as Poland Syndrome. Poland Syndrome comprises of a range of issues and in the more serious cases, may involve having hand deformity and cardiac problem.
Breast asymmetry can ranged from very minor to gross asymmetry involving volume, shape, nipple position and sometimes, underlying rib cage asymmetry. There are multiple techniques including volume replacement, contour re-shaping that can help to improve the asymmetry. Mr Ho-Asjoe can advise on the most appropriate treatment after consultation and examination.
Breast asymmetry is extremely common and probably around 95% of females have some degree of difference between the two breasts. The asymmetry can be related to shapes, nipple height, volume and in some cases, there are issues such as breast constriction, specific areas of tissue deficit, over-projection of nipple areola complex (Herniation). For most females, this is not an issue but for those with 1 or more cup size difference between the two sides, finding bras that are suitable, going swimming or undressing can become an issue.
The techniques used for the correction of breast asymmetry, the cost of the surgery are both variable as surgery should be tailored to each individual patient. Some techniques will involve more scarring, some techniques can improve the volume but not necessarily the shape and the symmetry will change with aging and gravitational pull. Mr. Ho-Asjoe has specialized in breast reconstructive surgery and can explain the options after consultation and examination.
After surgery, the patient is advised to wear a sports bra with no underwire or lateral push for six weeks. No active physical work, weight lift, running.