Breast asymmetry is when one breast is bigger than the other. The difference may only be small, but can be the difference in uneven breasts – especially in cup sizes - can make finding comfortable underwear difficult. This can hamper a woman’s confidence, and lead to a range of other distressing issues.
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Why you might need breast asymmetry treatment
Uneven breasts are a common issue among women (affecting more than half), and, although many live happily with a small difference in size, some can find the difference in size too large to live with which can cause a lot of distress. If you fall within this bracket, then breast asymmetry treatment could well be for you.
What does breast asymmetry treatment involve?
There a various different ways to treat breast asymmetry. If one breast is noticeably larger than the other, a consultant may recommend a unilateral breast reduction in order to even up the breasts.
A breast reduction or breast uplift can also even up the breasts; this involves several cuts being made on the breasts and varying volumes of fat and tissue removed from each to create a more even, well-balanced shape. A consultant will be able to offer advice on the best option for you personally.
The time it takes to recover from breast asymmetry treatment depends on the type of surgery that is carried out.
Generally, for a unilateral breast reduction or breast uplift, recovery time is between two and six weeks, during which time the surgeon will recommend wearing firm bandaging or a support bra to stop healing wounds being pulled on by the weight of your breasts.
This page was written by The McIndoe Centre, in collaboration with Elena Prousskaia FRCS(Plast) FEBOPRAS Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. All information, advice and procedures were updated on 17th September 2019.
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