Breast asymmetry is a common occurrence. In fact, more than half of all women have breasts that are not perfectly symmetrical. One may be slightly larger or have a different shape to it. Some women even have nipples that aren’t quite the same. Below is our quick guide to breast asymmetry.
Guide to Breast Asymmetry
In practically all cases, this asymmetry is completely natural and poses no risk to your health. In extreme cases where one breast is dramatically different from the other there is some indication that the risk of developing breast cancer is increased. Still, this level of asymmetry is relatively rare. In this brief guide, we will discuss when you should be concerned with asymmetry and how to address it.
When to Be Worried
If your breasts are naturally asymmetrical, then there’s no reason to be concerned. You should still follow a normal examination schedule, but your asymmetry is just a personal quirk. However, if your asymmetry ever becomes more pronounced, then you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.
We get to know our breasts very well over the years, so you’ll likely notice a change before anyone else. If one breast feels like it has changed in size, shape, or density, it could indicate the presence of a tumor. There are other conditions that can cause changes to the breast tissue, so it’s best not to panic. A simple visit to your doctor’s office will generally give you all the answers you need. For better or worse, dealing with a potential problem head on is the best way to ensure a good outcome.
Handling Breast Asymmetry
Although breast asymmetry is rarely a health issue, it can be problematic in other ways. A dramatic difference in breast size or shape can make it difficult to find clothes that fit correctly. Depending on your personal style, a poor fitting bust region can make it nearly impossible to create the aesthetic you want. This is why many women with breast asymmetry in Houston choose to have cosmetic surgery.
Three Main Surgical Options
In order to correct asymmetrical breasts Dr. Cain Linville of Linville Plastic surgery in Houston will give you a choice of three surgical options.
- Breast Augmentation: A breast augmentation can use a fat transfer or implants to fill out one of both of your breasts. During the process, your board-certified plastic surgeon will adjust the size and shape of your breasts to create a fuller and more balanced look. This procedure is ideal for women who want a fuller bust.
- Breast Lift: A breast lift is designed to improve the overall shape of the breast and to correct nipple placement. This procedure is ideal for women who are generally happy with their breast size but want to adjust their shape due to the effects of pregnancy, aging, or genetics.
- Breast Reduction: A breast reduction removes excess breast tissue to create a smaller breast. For patients who have a breast that is substantially larger than the other, a breast reduction can be used to create a more even appearance and a smaller overall bust. This procedure is ideal for women who are struggling with back pain as a result of their breasts.
Each of these procedures can be used to correct asymmetry and change the appearance of your breasts in a way that suits your tastes. For more information on the details of how these procedures are performed and the possible risks involved, schedule a consultation with your local board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston. You’ll be shopping for standard bras and wearing unaltered clothes before you know it.