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Breast Asymmetry
Breast Asymmetry

Breast asymmetry can be corrected two different ways:

with breast augmentation (“augmentation mammaplasty”), which involves placing an implant in the smaller breast; or, with breast reduction surgery (“reduction mammaplasty”) on the larger breast.

While statistics are not immediately available on the number of women who undergo breast augmentation to correct asymmetry, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that 307,180 breast augmentation procedures were performed in the United States in 2011.

Likewise, statistics are not immediately available on the number of women who undergo breast reduction specifically to correct asymmetry; but the ASPS reports that 63,109 women obtained breast reduction surgery in the U.S. in the same year.

View breast asymmetry surgery before and after photos.

Costs of Breast Asymmetry Surgery

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the average U.S. cost of breast augmentation with silicone gel implants is $3,797, and the average U.S. cost of breast augmentation with saline implants is $3,486. For breast reduction, the average U.S. cost is $5,384. When a patient is seeking out either of these procedures for the purpose of correcting one breast only, a surgeon may reduce the cost of the procedure.

"The Average

U.S. cost of breast augmentation
with silicone gel implants is $3,797,
and the average U.S. cost of breast
augmentation with saline implants is $3,486."

However, there is no guarantee that any surgeon will offer a price discount on any partial breast enhancement procedure. Additionally, the national average fee refers to the surgeon's fee only and does not include charges for the surgical facility, anesthesia, and anesthesiologist – nor does it include any medical tests, prescriptions, or other miscellaneous costs related to breast augmentation or breast reduction. Most surgeons offer multiple financing options for breast asymmetry surgery.


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"When Considering breast asymmetry

surgery, please consult a qualified provider"

While the information contained in this website will provide you with a good introduction to breast asymmetry surgery, it cannot replace medical advice. When considering breast asymmetry surgery, please consult a qualified provider.

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Benefits of Breast Asymmetry Surgery

For women affected by asymmetrical breasts, either one of these corrective surgeries can result in improved balance in breast size and shape, far greater ease in finding clothing that fits evenly across the chest, and an increased sense of comfort, particularly in body-conscious clothing. Because asymmetrical breasts are often medically categorized as a bodily defect, women who are affected by the condition can enjoy a significantly improved self-esteem and quality of life after breast asymmetry surgery.


How is breast asymmetry surgery performed?

When breast asymmetry is corrected with breast augmentation, the surgeon will make an incision in the agreed-upon entry point (normally, on the underside of the breast). An appropriately sized implant will be placed in the smaller breast to correct the appearance of asymmetry. Sutures are then applied.

"When breast asymmetry is corrected with breast augmentation,

the surgeon will make an incision in the
agreed-upon entry point (normally, on the underside of the breast)."

When breast asymmetry is corrected with breast reduction, the surgeon will make an incision that runs from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease or the horizontal incision underneath the breast. In some cases, the incision may be made in a more discreet area. Next, the surgeon removes the proper amount of excess tissue in order to create a more symmetrical appearance. Sutures are then applied.


How much pain is associated with breast asymmetry surgery?

Patients undergoing breast augmentation are likely to experience soreness and a “heavy,” swollen feeling on the surgical site for at least the first week following surgery. Pain will diminish over the subsequent days, and by the end of the second week, most patients are back to feeling “normal.”

Patients undergoing breast reduction on the asymmetrical breast may experience a smaller degree of pain, but noticeable discomfort should be expected for the first several days following surgery.


Breast Asymmetry Surgery Recovery

As with any surgical procedure, breast asymmetry recovery requires rest and recuperation. The support bandage/compression garment provided by the surgeon should be worn until further notice. Any painkillers that are prescribed should be taken according to the doctor’s instructions.

Non-dissolvable sutures are normally removed after 10 post-operative days, while dissolvable sutures will not require removal. Your surgeon will schedule a follow-up appointment for approximately two weeks after surgery.

"Patients are strongly advised

to avoid lifting, stretching, and carrying
children or heavy items for at least four to six weeks post-surgery."

Patients are strongly advised to avoid lifting, stretching, and carrying children or heavy items for at least four to six weeks post-surgery. Patients should avoid smoking for several weeks. Finally, any instructions given regarding sleeping positions should be followed closely.


Risks of Breast Asymmetry Surgery

Potential, but uncommon complications from breast asymmetry surgery include bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Rarely, a patient may require a blood transfusion during the operation.

"Ask your surgeon

about the proper care of breast implants."

When breast augmentation is performed, all of the risks associated with implants apply. Implants can rupture, or capsular contracture may occur, if implants are not cared for properly. Ask your surgeon about the proper care of breast implants.


Who is the ideal candidate for breast asymmetry surgery?

Ideal candidates for breast asymmetry surgery are healthy women at an average weight range for their height. They may wish to undergo the procedure as a means of correcting what they perceive to be a physical defect, an inhibitor to their personal comfort, or a hindrance to their daily living activities.


Ten Questions Every Breast Asymmetry Surgery Patient Should Ask Their Surgeon:

Prior to all breast asymmetry procedures, a consultation will occur between the prospective patient and the providing surgeon. During this consultation the cosmetic surgeon and patient will discuss issues such as the desired outcome, various options that are available to address said outcome, the procedure itself as well as various risks and limitations. The surgeon will also provide information regarding anesthesia options, the location and description of where the breast asymmetry procedure will be performed (i.e., hospital vs. office surgical suite) and associated costs. A discussion regarding the patient's medical history, as well as a physical examination of the area to be treated will also take place during the consultation visit.
In an effort to educate the patient regarding breast asymmetry procedures, as well to assist in formulating realistic breast asymmetry expectations, it is recommended that the patient view numerous before and after photographs, speak with previous breast asymmetry patients, as well as obtain responses to the following questions:
  1. Are the desired results I described realistic?
  2. Where is the breast asymmetry surgery performed and how long will it take?
  3. In my case, will any breast implant that will be implanted be inserted below the skin, or below the chest muscle, and where will the incision scars be visible?
  4. What kind of anesthesia will the surgeon use during the breast asymmetry surgery and what are the side effects associated with this anesthesia?
  5. How much does breast asymmetry surgery cost and what elements factor into that cost (i.e., hospital fee, anesthesia, etc)?
  6. What is the surgeon's level of experience in performing breast asymmetry surgery?
  7. What percentage of breast asymmetry patients experience complications with surgery?
  8. What is the surgeon's policy in regards to correcting or repeating the procedure if the breast asymmetry surgery does not meet agreed upon goals?
  9. What should I expect, post-operatively, in terms of soreness, scaring, activity level, etc?
  10. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked or suspended?
In addition to the previously mentioned questions, it is imperative that breast asymmetry surgery patients relay to their surgeon information regarding any allergies and serious medical conditions they may have. Furthermore, breast asymmetry patients should inform the surgeon of any medications they are taking.
This site provides information about plastic/cosmetic surgery and is designed to help users make decisions regarding their own treatment options. But medical information is not the same as medical advice--the application of medical treatment to an individual's specific circumstances. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you consult a qualified medical practitioner if you want professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.

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