Women are extremely sensitive and conscious about the aesthetic features of their breasts because the breasts play a critical part in defining the physical beauty and femininity of women. Cosmetic flaws in the breasts create self-esteem issues for many women. As such, they look out for ways to address their aesthetic problems. One of the aesthetic problems women experience is breast asymmetry. Asymmetrical breasts develop for a variety of reasons in different forms.
Breast asymmetry can emerge in the form of different sizes, shapes, or contoured breasts. When the breasts become asymmetrical, they look unwelcoming. Asymmetrical breasts can be treated with various plastic surgery interventions like a breast implant, breast lift, and breast reduction. Which of these options is best for you depends on the aesthetic flaws in the breasts and your aesthetic goals.
Breast asymmetry and its causes
Breast asymmetry is a common aesthetic problem. When there are differences between the physical contours of both breasts, it means the breasts are asymmetrical. For example, one of the leading types of breast asymmetry is the difference in the size of both breasts. If one of your breasts is considerably smaller or larger than the other, you have breast asymmetry. It can not only affect the aesthetics of your breasts but also change your body outline and definition. Your body will appear imbalanced as a result of the asymmetry.
The second common type of breast asymmetry is the difference in the shape of the breasts. For instance, if one of your breasts is more projected to the right side and the other to the left or forward, it will make you look aesthetically unpleasant. Breast asymmetry can also develop if one of your breasts is considerably saggy than the other, or when one breast is pointing downward than the other.
Many people want to know the causes of breast asymmetry. In most cases, breast asymmetry is caused by genetic factors. If your mother or grandmother has breast asymmetry, it is an indication you have breast asymmetry in heredity. Other causes of breast asymmetry include weight changes, pregnancy, gravity, etc. No matter what has caused the breast asymmetry, most patients experience self-esteem issues, and to treat the condition, the patients seek treatments.
Most types of breast asymmetry can be treated via plastic surgery. The plastic surgery treatment options for breast asymmetry include the following:
Breast implant surgery
If one of your breasts is considerably smaller than the other and the condition is affecting your self-esteem, you may consider breast implant surgery. The procedure involves the use of artificial objects called implants. There are two types of breast implants: silicone and saline. The silicone breast implant is made of a silicone shell that is filled with silicone gel. The saline implant is made of a silicone shell that is filled with a saline solution after placing the implant into the breasts.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The goal of the procedure is to treat the asymmetry by inserting an implant into the smaller breast so that it can become equal in size to the more prominent breast. The surgeon will make an incision in the smaller breast and then insert the implant inside. The implants come in different sizes and shapes. The surgeon will choose a suitable size and shape for you so that the breast being treated becomes similar in size and shape to the other breast.
The doctor will then place the implant underneath or above the breast muscle. Most surgeons prefer to place the implant under the breast muscle because it entails lower risks and more benefits. After placing the implant in the intended location, the doctor will suture and close the incision. The results of the surgery will evolve and the breasts will become equal in size after some weeks or months.
Fat transfer to the breasts is a plastic surgery procedure that is primarily used to add projection and shape to the breasts. The procedure also effectively treats breasts that are asymmetrical regarding shape and projection. If one of your breasts is less projected than the other or if the shape of one breast is different than the other, you may consider the fat transfer procedure.
The surgery involves the use of your body fat to add projection and shape to the asymmetrical breast so that it can become similar in shape and projection to the other breast. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. You need to have excess fat in your body to be a good candidate for the procedure.
The plastic surgeon will start the surgery with liposuction on the fat donor sites. The common fat donor areas include the abdomen, sides, flanks, and upper back. The doctor will make tiny incisions on the fat donor sites and then insert a hollow tube called liposuction cannula into the area. The surgeon will move the cannula back and forth to dislodge the fat from the nearby areas. A tumescent solution will also be introduced in the area.
After releasing the fat cells from the surrounding regions, the doctor will use a suction pump or a special syringe to remove the fat from the target areas. The fat is then treated in a centrifuge for purification. The doctor will remove the impurities, blood, fluids, and dead and damaged fat cells from the collection of fat cells.
In the last step, the doctor will carefully inject the fat into the breast that needs treatment. The fat grafting process is time-consuming and calls for attention to detail. The fat will be grafted into the breast that has to be made shapelier or projected. The goal is to make the breast equal in shape and projection to the other breast.
After grafting the fat into the breast, it will take time for the results to emerge. Normally, the results gradually emerge in the next weeks and months. Your body will vascularize the fat cells, and the ultimate results will include symmetrical and balanced breasts that are equal in shape and projection.
Breast lift surgery can also be used to treat a particular type of breast asymmetry. If one of your breasts is considerably saggy than the other, you may consider treating the breast with breast lift surgery. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
After administering the anesthesia, the surgeon will start the operation by placing an incision on the saggy breast. The type and size of the incision depend on the extent of sagging in the breast. After making the incision, the doctor will access the underlying tissue and tighten them. The surgeon will then lift the nipples and areolas to an elevated position where they look youthful and become balanced with the other breast.
In the last step, the plastic surgeon will remove the excess skin from the breast. The doctor will then suture and close the incision. In some cases, lifting of the breasts will make the breast smaller. If the breast treated via breast lift surgery tends to become smaller in size as compared to the other breast, it would be necessary to place a small implant in the breast to make up for the lost volume.
The patient will go through a complete recovery process after breast lift surgery. The primary recovery will happen during the first 2-3 weeks following the operation. The results of the procedure will transpire slowly in the next few weeks and months. The final results will include balanced, perky, symmetrical, and youthful breasts.
Breast reduction surgery is a plastic surgery procedure that is used to reduce the size of overly large breasts. It can also be used to treat breast asymmetry if one of your breasts is considerably larger than the other and the condition is affecting your self-esteem. Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia.
A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia, after which the plastic surgeon will make an incision on the larger breast. The doctor will remove the excess fat from the breast, besides removing any excess glandular tissue. In the last step, the doctor will remove the excess skin from the breast and then suture and close the incision. The results will slowly emerge over time.
The breasts are among the most important aesthetic areas of the female body. Breast asymmetry is an aesthetic problem that affects many women. There are different types of breast asymmetries that have been discussed above. The good news is that asymmetrical breasts can be treated via plastic surgery. The common interventions used to treat breast asymmetry include breast implant surgery, breast lift, fat transfer, and breast reduction. These procedures have been explained in detail in this article.
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