Will my breasts be symmetric after a breast enhancement procedure? Introduction Breast asymmetry is one of the most common problems that women suffer from. Minor breast asymmetry is very common and shouldn’t be a concern, but when the breasts become excessively asymmetrical, it affects the self-esteem of the patient. Given the importance of the breasts in a woman’s femininity and physical beauty, aesthetic flaws in the breasts affect different aspects of the patient’s life. Breast asymmetry means that there is a difference in the size, shape, or firmness of your breasts. Even though the majority of cases of breast asymmetry are mild, some patients do suffer from severe breast asymmetry. If your breasts are not symmetrical and the condition is affecting your self-esteem and quality of life, you may consider a corrective treatment. The standard breast enhancement procedures that are used to treat breast asymmetry include breast augmentation, breast reduction, and breast lift. Which of these procedures is suitable for you depends on the type of asymmetry in your breasts. Breast asymmetry Breast asymmetry occurs when there is a difference in your breasts regarding shape, form, position, size, or volume. According to one study, about 68 percent of adult women in the US have some kind of breast asymmetry, and majority of cases involve mild breast asymmetry, which is considered normal. Also, it is common for women to experience breast asymmetry on and off during their life. Specific life events like pregnancy and weight changes can also cause breast asymmetry. Breast asymmetry is more common during adolescence, pregnancy, and when the patient is breastfeeding. During these times, the female body goes through hormonal changes that affect the breasts physically. Sometimes the breast asymmetry is temporary, and the condition will resolve when your breasts become stable. Other times, the condition is permanent. Women also experience breast asymmetry due to genetic factors. For instance, if someone in your family has breast asymmetry, chances are you may even get the same condition. Injuries, trauma, and skeletal condition are also held responsible for some types of breast asymmetry. Again, it is important to emphasize that a mild difference in your breast size, shape, or direction is entirely normal and nothing to be worried about. But if the condition is severe and above one bra cup size, the patient may experience self-esteem issues. Severe breast asymmetry not only makes your breasts look abnormal but also affects your overall body outline and associated aesthetic features. It can negatively impact your whole body anatomy. There are plastic surgery procedures available to treats different types of breast asymmetry. Even though these procedures are developed to cosmetically enhance the breasts and treat certain aesthetic shortcomings in the breasts, they can also be used to treat breast asymmetry. These breast enhancement procedures have a good record of making the breasts symmetric. Let’s discuss how these procedures can be used to make the breasts symmetric. Breast augmentation Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that has been developed with the primary goal to make smaller breasts large. However, it can also be used to treat breast asymmetry. There are two types of breast augmentation procedures: implant surgery and fat transfer. Breast implant surgery involves putting artificial implants inside the breasts. On the other hand, fat transfer surgery consists of the use of your body fat to the breasts. If your breasts are different sizes, breast augmentation surgery can be used to balance breast size. For instance, if one of your breasts is considerably smaller than the other, the plastic surgeon can perform augmentation on that breast to make it equal in size to the large breast. In such a case, the surgery is normally performed under general anesthesia. Based on the surgeon’s judgment, either implants or your body fat will be used to treat the condition. If implants are being used, the plastic surgeon will first decide the implant size that is suitable for you that can help make your breasts proportionate. In most cases, smaller or medium-sized implants are used to treat breast asymmetry. After selecting the implant size, the plastic surgeon will make an incision on the smaller breast and then insert the implant inside the breast. In the next step, the surgeon will place the implants under or over the breast muscle. Placing the implants under the pectoral muscle is more popular as it provides maximum tissue coverage. After putting the implants in the intended location, the surgeon will suture and close the incisions. On the other hand, fat transfer is used in conditions where there is a mild difference in the shape or projection of the two breasts. For example, if one of your breasts is poorly shaped or lacks projection than the other, the surgeon will recommend fat transfer surgery. The procedure uses your body fat to treat the condition. The doctor will first identify the fat donor sites in your body and then perform liposuction on those areas to remove the fat. The fat is then processed in a centrifuge and carefully injected into the breast that lacks shape and projection. After the surgery, it takes many weeks and even months for the results to emerge and make your breasts symmetrical. Breast reduction Breast reduction is also an effective plastic surgery procedure that is primarily used where the breasts are overly large and the patient feels uncomfortable due to her large breasts. The primary goal of this procedure is to decrease the size of the breasts and alleviate the physical and emotional discomforts associated with the condition. Breast reduction surgery can also be used to treat breast asymmetry. If one of your breasts is overly large compared to the other and the condition is affecting your self-esteem or creating physical pain for you, you may consider having reduction performed on the overly large breast. Breast reduction is a major procedure performed under general anesthesia. When treating breast asymmetry, the reduction will be performed only on the larger breast, with the goal to reduce it and make its size equal to the other breast. After the anesthesia is administered, the plastic surgeon will start the operation by making an incision on the larger breast. In the next step, the surgeon will access the glandular tissue and remove some portion of it. Next, the doctor will remove the excess fat in the breast along with the excess skin. The remaining skin will then be re-draped, sutured, and closed. The amount of fat and glandular tissue to be removed depends on the surgeon’s judgment and specific measurements. The goal is to remove an amount of these tissues that can make the breasts equal in size. After removing the tissue, the surgeon will suture and close the incision. The results will gradually emerge in the following weeks and months. When the results arise, your breasts will appear symmetric. Breast lift Breast lift is a plastic surgery procedure that is meant to treat severely saggy breasts. The procedure makes the breasts firmer and youthful by removing the excess skin and fat and tightening the breast muscles. Also called mastopexy, the breast lift can be used to treat a certain type of breast asymmetry. If one of your breasts is saggy than the other, then you may consider a breast lift to treat the condition and restore your symmetrical and firmer breasts. The breast lift is a highly invasive procedure and performed under general anesthesia. During the consultation session, the plastic surgeon will examine the saggy breast and take some measurements. The surgeon will decide how much fat and skin can be removed from the breast so that it can become as firmer and shapelier as the other breast. During the operation, the surgeon will make an incision on the saggy breast and then tighten the separated or weaker breast muscle. Next, the surgeon will remove the excess fat and skin from the breasts. If the nipples are also asymmetrical, the surgeon will remove the nipple that is pointing downward and then implant it higher up on the breast. In the last step, the surgeon will suture and close the incision. The results of this procedure will transpire a few months or weeks after the surgery. When the results emerge, you will notice that your breasts are symmetrical, both of them looking firmer and the nipples pointing forward and looking perky. Conclusion Breast asymmetry is a body aesthetic concern that is shared by millions of women worldwide. Minor asymmetry in the breast is normal and nothing to worry about. But if the condition is severe and affects your self-esteem, you may consider treating the condition with breast enhancement procedures. Breast asymmetry can exist in different forms, such as differently sized breasts, differently shaped breasts, or one breast being saggy than the other. The typical treatment options include breast augmentation, breast reduction, and breast lift. Which of these options is suitable for you depends on the type of breast asymmetry. The plastic surgeon can help you choose the right procedure.