Breast Asymmetry

Breast asymmetry is an extremely common condition affecting almost every woman to one degree or another. Women may be shy and it is rarely talked about.

There are many options for the treatment of asymmetry and sometimes nothing is needed except reassurance that everything is normal!

I have answered some of the more common questions. If you would like more information please contact the office to make an appointment to discuss this further.

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How common is breast asymmetry?

Very Common! Almost every woman has some degree of difference between her breasts, and it is generally accepted that up to about half a cup is average. Once you get beyond this, it can start to impact more as things like buying bras and fitting clothing can become more challenging.

What should I do if I am worried about asymmetry?

If you are worried that your breasts are very uneven in terms of size or shape, a consult with your GP and referral to a Plastic Surgeon can start the process whereby you can explore the options for correction – if you want! If you are worried and don’t want to discuss it with your GP Dr Simcock will see you without a referral – just phone her office for an appointment.

Do I have to do anything?

There is no need to correct an asymmetry if it doesn’t bother you. You are not at increased risk of breast cancer or other breast disease. They are your breasts and you shouldn’t feel the need to change them if you are happy!

What if I like the smaller one - what can be done?

If you prefer the smaller breast we can reduce the larger one to match in size. Often the smaller one will need a lift of some type also to make them match more in shape, but that is optional if all you want balanced is the size.

What about if I like the bigger one?

This can be a little harder, as whilst it is possible to match the size, often it can be a bit harder to match the shape. An implant can be used to make the shape bigger, and sometimes a lift is needed to reshape the bigger one to match the shape more closely.

What if I don’t like either of them?

In that case, after a consultation we can talk about making both smaller or both bigger – there are always options to improve things!

What about fat grafting?

Fat grafting is a technique when fat is sucked form one part of the body, purified and then injected into another. It is becoming more popular into breasts and can be a very useful tool especially in correcting breast asymmetry. There are a number of criteria that ned to be checked, but do ask Dr Simcock for more details if you are interested in this option.