Breast Asymmetry Corrective Surgery in Melbourne for Uneven and Lopsided Breasts or Nipple position
Breast Asymmetry surgery is a complex procedure requiring extensive training, precision planning, and surgical techniques. Dr Craig Rubinstein, a Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne is one of the leading surgeons in Australia for correcting asymmetry of the breast or nipple/areola complex (NAC) .
Breast Asymmetry Surgery can help uneven, lopsided or asymmetric breasts and relocate the nipple/areola positions to create a more harmonious and symmetrical looking breast.
What is a 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.
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 can be corrected with surgery?
- Different volume, shape, position, breast crease position (IMC) of the breast.
Nipple/Areola Complex Asymmetry
- Different size, shape, height of the nipple or areola.
Anterior Chest Wall Issues
- Different shaped chest wall behind the breast – concave or convex – can cause uneven breast development
There can also be other causes of breast asymmetry, such as postural problems (Scoliosis), other diseases (Breast cancer, Poland’s syndrome or effects of past surgery) and Iatrogenic causes.
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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:
- Make the Smaller breast Bigger (to match)
- Make the Bigger breast Smaller (to match)
- Make Both breasts Smaller and symmetric
- Make Both breasts Bigger and symmetric
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 specialist plastic surgeon. As a result, the options depend entirely on your particularly physiology and asymmetry. Possible surgical options include unilateral (one side) or Bilateral (both sides) surgeries including:
Breast Augmentation Surgery – using implants or additional fat grafting (to enhance a breast)
Breast Lift with Implants Surgery (to reposition and enhance a breast)
Breast Lift without Implants Surgery (to reposition a breast)
Breast Reduction Surgery (to reduce a breast)
Nipple/Areola reshaping surgery (to match the other nipple areola complex)
Other Breast Implant Surgeries to change existing implant sizes or remove existing implants
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.
Breast Asymmetry Before and After Gallery
To view some of Dr Craig Rubinstein’s previous breast asymmetry patients, please click the image below. This will direct you to the Breast Asymmetry Surgery before and after gallery.
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 are usually recommended
How can Breast Asymmetry Scars be minimised?
- 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’s team conducts follow-up treatments using special Laser and Healite II to minimise your scars, with most scars being barely visible after 12 months. Silicon tapes and gels can also help.
Risks and Complications of Breast Asymmetry
See the specific surgery pages for risks and visit our Plastic Surgery Risks page to find out more information on general surgical risks and risks of plastic surgery.
Breast Asymmetry is an Ongoing Concern for Many 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.
Further Reading – Medical References on Breast Asymmetry
- 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.References
- US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. December 2018. Breast asymmetry pattern in women with idiopathic scoliosis [online]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24282913 [accessed 17 December 2018]
US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. December 2018. Correlation between scoliosis and breast asymmetries in women undergoing augmentation mammaplasty [online]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20383498 [accessed 17 December 2018]
- US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. December 2018. Both Bilateral Breast Volume Discrepancy and Asymmetric Anterior Chest Wall Shape Contribute to the Unsightly Breast Contour in Female Right Thoracic Idiopathic Scoliosis [online]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28437336 [accessed 17 December 2018]