Breast asymmetry surgery is a complex procedure requiring extensive training, precision planning, and surgical techniques. In the industry of plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery, Dr Rubinstein is one of the leading surgeons for asymmetric breasts and nipples procedures to reduce mild to severe breast asymmetry.
If you are recommended for Breast Surgery to correct asymmetry or reduce breast size, for uneven breasts that are very noticeable or causing you chronic pain, there are numerous methods to investigate.
What is Breast Asymmetry?
Breast Asymmetry can be mild or severe, but nearly all women have uneven breast shapes, sizes or positions. This is typically normal and not a concern, but for significant disparities in sizes or position, it can lead to pain and postural or balancing problems. In these cases, it may require corrective surgery. Further, differences between breasts can even be so significant as to appear, in comparison, that two entirely different people have been combined into one. In these cases, a combination of corrective surgical techniques may be required to ensure that your breasts appear to be at least sisters, if not close twins.
What Types of Asymmetry are Treatable?
Different volume, shape, position, breast crease position (IMC) of the breast.
Different size, shape, height of the nipple.
Anterior Chest Wall Issues
Different shaped chest wall behind the breast.
There can also be other causes of breast asymmetry, such as postural problems (Scoliosis), other diseases (cancer, Poland’s syndrome or effects of past surgery) and Iatrogenic causes.
Surgical Options for Breast Asymmetry
There’s no one best surgery option that suits all patients. Breast asymmetry correction is one of the most highly customised and surgically complex procedures performed by a plastic surgeon. As a result, the options depend entirely on your particularly asymmetry. Possible surgical options include:
- augmentation surgery using implants
- breast lift surgery with or without additional breast augmentation
- reduction surgery
- nipple reshaping surgery.
Most asymmetry surgery relates to cosmetic improvements. However some women experience pain from large, heavy and/or ptotic breasts. As a result, surgical intervention may reduce pain and shoulder-strap dig ins.
What is Involved in Planning for Corrective Breast Asymmetry Surgery?
Thorough pre-operative planning and customised procedure designs is critical to getting a highly-satisfactory outcome.
Surgeons may use intra-operative sizers during surgery. These breast implant sizers are sterile “sample” implants inserted during the surgical operation to precisely check and get the correct size to achieve your ideal breast proportions.
Our surgeons will typically also use additional Liposuction during surgery to ensure a great result. We prefer to use the Microaire liposuction device.
Dr Craig Rubinstein typically performs several advanced assessment measurements, which might include:
- Breast volumetric tests
- Computer-generated modelling with Vectra 3D
- MRI imaging studies may also be recommended
What are the Techniques for Reducing Breast Asymmetry?
Sometimes entirely different approaches may be required for each breast. There are several different solutions for your breast asymmetry:
- Smaller breast bigger
- Bigger breast smaller
- Both breasts smaller and symmetric
- Both breasts bigger and symmetric
Breast Asymmetry Surgery Scarring
All surgery leaves scars, including plastic surgery procedures like breast asymmetry. However experienced surgeons like Dr Rubinstein are extremely careful about scar placement and minimisation, with surgical scars generally fading over time.
Dr Rubinstein also conducts follow-up treatments using a Fraxel Laser and Healite II to minimise your scars, with most scars being barely visible after 12 months.
Choose an Leading Specialist in Breast Asymmetry Surgery
Dr Craig Rubinstein is a leading specialist on asymmetric breast surgery. He published an entire chapter on breast asymmetries in the Medical Textbook: Surgery of the Breast that many Plastic Surgeons refer to for their procedures.
Breast Asymmetry is an Ongoing Concern for Some Women
Some breasts stay problematic even after surgery. There’s a chance you may need further surgery, an asymmetry correction procedure. Breast asymmetry cases are reviewed frequently – just after surgery and at the 2-8 week marks (depending on recommendations by your surgeon) and then annually after 1 year.
Breast Surgery Risks
Please visit our Plastic Surgery Risks page to find out more information on general surgical risks and plastic surgery risks.
Breast Asymmetry Before and After Gallery
To view some of Dr Rubinstein’s previous breast asymmetry patients, please click the image below. This will direct you to the breast augmentation before and after gallery.
The Next Steps
- Visit the FAQs pages and patient reviews to learn more about your intended procedure.
How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or call on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange your consultation with Dr Rubinstein
- A referral from your GP or from your specialist is helpful but not essential
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
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