The breasts are among the most important parts of a woman. They help define the physical beauty of women, apart from signifying their femininity and fertility. The modern standards of physical beauty require the breasts to be symmetrical, bigger, and perkier. As such, an aesthetic flaw in the breasts can negatively affect the self-esteem of the patient. Breast asymmetry is one of the common aesthetic conditions that affect women. The condition is marked by a difference in the size, shape, or firmness of the breasts or a variation in the directions in which the nipples point. While mild asymmetry in the breasts is completely natural and normal, some patients suffer from considerable breast asymmetry. Fortunately, breast asymmetry can be treated with plastic surgery, and the use of implants can help treat some types of breast asymmetries. Types of breast asymmetry Breast asymmetry has the potential to affect your quality of life and self-confidence in negative ways. The breasts are the most important areas of the body in terms of aesthetics. They not only stand out but also define your overall physical beauty and body profile. An aesthetic defect or flaw in the breasts can translate into a flaw in your overall figure. Breast asymmetry is a common condition that affects many women. There are different types of breast asymmetries that affect women. The good news is that depending on the type of breast asymmetry, different corrective options can be used to fix the condition. The common types of breast asymmetries include the following: • Tuberous breast asymmetry: This type of breast asymmetry happens when the shape of the breast becomes irregular, with various inconsistencies in size or firmness. • Asymmetric breast hypertrophy: One of the most the common types of breast asymmetries. It happens when both breasts are large, but one of the breasts is considerably bigger than the other. • Asymmetric breast ptosis: This is a type of breast sagging asymmetry. When one breast hangs lower than the other, it is a sign of asymmetric breast ptosis. • Asymmetric breast hypoplasia: In this type of breast asymmetry, both breasts are smaller, but one of the breasts is considerably smaller than the other. • Areolar asymmetry: A breast asymmetry that features a difference in the size, projection, or prominence of the nipples or areolas. When it comes to breast asymmetry, chances are some patients may experience more than one type of breast asymmetry. This calls for complex techniques to correct the condition. Correction of breast asymmetry with implants Breast implant surgery is an effective way to treat breast asymmetry; however, there are certain types of breast asymmetries that can be treated with the intervention and there are others that cannot be treated with breast implants. In order to know whether breast implant surgery can treat your condition, you must consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will examine your breasts and assess the extent and type of breast asymmetry before recommending a course of action. Again, if the breast asymmetry is mild, you will be told to avoid any intervention because the condition is normal and happens to virtually all women. However, if your breasts are noticeably asymmetrical, you will be advised to seek treatment. The treatment may include the use of breast implants if the type of asymmetry is one that can be treated with implants. If the condition cannot be treated with breast implants, the plastic surgeon may recommend other options. These options can include the lifting of one of the breasts, decreasing or adding projection or volume to one or both of your breasts via fat transfer, tuberous breast correction, or contouring or resizing the nipples and/or areolas. What technique would be used depends on the exact type of breast asymmetry you are suffering from. Types of breast asymmetries that can be corrected with implants There are three types of breast asymmetries that can be treated with breast implants. The first of these is breast hypertrophy and breast hypoplasia. Depending on your aesthetic goals, breast implants may be used to treat the condition. If you want to get bigger breasts, a small implant can be placed in the smaller breast so that it can become equal in size to the larger breast. The other option is to perform breast reduction on the bigger breast, so it matches the size of the smaller breast. The second type of breast asymmetry that can be treated with implants is mild asymmetric breast ptosis. If one of your breasts has minor sagging, placing a small implant in the breast may treat the condition. In most cases, placing differently sized implants in both breasts helps treat the condition. The third type of breast asymmetry that can be effectively treated with breast implants is asymmetric breast hypoplasia, which marks two smaller breasts but one of them considerably smaller than the other. Depending on your specific aesthetic condition and goals, the surgeon may place a small breast implant in the smaller breast to increase its size and make it appear symmetric with the other breast. Some patients may need different sizes of implants to be placed in both breasts to achieve symmetry. Conclusion Minor breast asymmetry is absolutely normal and natural; however, when the condition is noticeable, it can affect your aesthetic appearance. There are different types of breast asymmetries that have been discussed above. Breast implant surgery may help treat some types of breast asymmetries, such as breast hypertrophy and breast hypoplasia, mild asymmetric breast ptosis, and asymmetric breast hypoplasia. If you want to know whether the implants will effectively treat your breast asymmetry, be sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.