Breast asymmetry occurs when one breast does not develop fully compared with the other. This is not uncommon; in truth, no woman's breasts are exactly the same on the left and the right. But when we refer to breast asymmetry, we are talking about women who have maybe a half a cup size or more difference from one breast to the other. Smaller differences can be improved by placing a little bit more saline in one side of a breast implant compared with the other. Larger differences might require a breast augmentation with two different size implants, a breast lift, a breast reduction, or some combination of these procedures.
Sometimes asymmetry is a result of Poland's syndrome, a birth defect that causes a lack of development of the breast on one side of the body; it may also affect the chest muscle and the arm and hand on the same side. Breast asymmetry may be due to a sunken or protruding breast bone, prominent ribs on one side, or from the loss of a breast from cancer.
Women with asymmetrical breasts often say they feel self-conscious about their figures and have difficulty finding bras and tops that fit well and make them feel comfortable. They want their breasts to be closer in size; they want to look better in clothes. This is where a cosmetic breast surgeon can help.
What To Expect
At your free consultation with Pennsylvania breast surgeon, Dr. Eisenberg, he will examine and measure you. Oftentimes, women with breast asymmetry don't know their actual bra size. They know their breasts are different sizes, but they don't know how much of a difference there is - and that's important in determining what needs to be done.
Together with the surgeon, you will clearly distinguish your goals. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want the smaller size to match the volume of the larger side, or do you want to increase the size of both? Are you looking to change or alter the shape or size of the bigger breast with a breast reduction? Do you want your breasts to have a higher, more youthful appearance?
Once the breast surgeon has determined what you are trying to accomplish, he will discuss the appropriate surgical technique. Depending on the extent of the asymmetry and your goals, you might have a breast augmentation, a breast lift, a breast reduction, or some combination of these procedures. Together with Philadelphia breast surgeon, Dr. Eisenberg, you will look at pictures of actual patients who are of a similar height, weight and frame as you.
From Dr. Eisenberg's experience with over 3,700 cosmetic breast surgeries, he has developed a sense of the breast height, position, and projection that would be most aesthetically pleasing for you in clothes. Women tell us that they leave the consultation satisfied that we really understood their concerns and their goals.
Your surgery is done in the safety of a Nazareth Hospital operating room, where you are cared for by Dr. Eisenberg and his team of discreet and highly qualified registered nurses and certified anesthesiologists. Most times, breast asymmetry is corrected with a breast augmentation that uses different size implants, so you can refer to this section for a better idea of what's involved.