Breast Asymmetry is a condition where one breast is larger or shaped differently than the other.
A small amount of asymmetry is common. Most causes are not severe and may be congenital but are often of no significance. However major asymmetric differences often justify corrective surgery.
There are two main options for correcting asymmetry. Breast augmentation treatment can be performed on the smaller breast, increasing its tissue size and making it similar to the other. If an increase in size of both is desired, then both sides can be augmented using different sized implants.
The other option is to use expander augmentation. Expander augmentation is a safe technique often used in women with breast asymmetry, to increase the size of the smaller breast. Normally, the expander is left in for about a year or so before a second operation is performed to remove it and replace it with a permanent silicone implant. This method has the advantage that an accurate size match between your two breasts can often be achieved. The silicone implant that replaces the saline expander has a softer, more natural feel, which is why many women choose to have the expander replaced. Alternatively, the valve can be removed and the expander can be left in place, acting as a permanent implant, without having to be replaced
As an alternative, breast reduction can be performed to reduce the larger of the two breasts to match the smaller breast. This involves removal of the excess breast tissue. Either procedure results in breasts that are more similar in size.
Correcting breast asymmetry has not only helped women improve their appearance, but it can also provide a boost to self-esteem and confidence. They can often carried out following cancer treatment or having a mammogram. There are also cases of people suffering from scoliosis having breast asymmetry surgery.
The choice of which procedure to undergo to correct breast asymmetry is something your surgeon will discuss with you during your initial consultation. This, as well as other issues, will be covered.
Deciding to balance the size or shape of your breasts is a very personal matter, and ultimately only you can decide if it is right for you. Mr Banwell is a very experienced surgeon with a global reputation and he can provide you with relevant advice that can assist your decision.
Breast surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic, given by an anaesthetist, in a first class hospital, so you are assured of the highest standard of care.
The method used to balance your breast size or shape will depend on your chest size and shape, as well as Mr Banwell's recommendations and your desires. Every effort will be made to assure that any incisions are placed so resulting scars will be as small as possible.
All sutures used in the surgery are absorbable, and so will not require removal.
Depending on the type of procedure you have most patients go home the day following surgery. You will wear a sports bra with surgical over the incisions for 8 weeks after surgery.
Yes! Mr Banwell and his team will ensure you are seen in the hospital dressing clinic 1 week after surgery. My Banwell will usually see you personally at 2 weeks.
You will learn about scar management and how to massage and have your post-operative breast care reinforced.
Follow-up visits will be required, and Mr Banwell will discuss this with you.
Please contact Mr Banwell's office on 01342 330302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
1 - 3 hours
1 - 2 Nights
PRE ADMISSION TESTS
Sleeping on back recommended for 4 weeks.
Shower after 1 day. Bath after 2 weeks.
EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM
Restricted activity after 4 weeks
TIME OFF WORK
BRAS & GARMENTS
Sports bra worn for 8 weeks. Wired bra after 2 months.