Breast asymmetry can make you feel physically as well as emotionally disfigured. Restoring symmetry can have powerful effects on your self-esteem and confidence.

Subtle breast asymmetry is very common and may go unnoticed. In fact only a minority of women are said to have symmetrical breasts.

The effects of breast asymmetry

Asymmetries of ten percent or greater commonly become more apparent and problematic on many levels. This degree of asymmetry can be due to normal variations or due to injury, disease, birth or growth abnormalities affecting one breast. Breast deformities such as tuberous breasts or Poland syndrome can also result in a significant mismatch.

Whatever the cause, breast asymmetry can have profound negative physical and psychological ramifications. The imbalance can have detrimental effects on posture causing secondary discomfort in the back, neck and shoulders. Clothing and bras can be challenging to fit and a nuisance to wear. Breast prostheses or bra fillers used to increase the size of the smaller breast can be uncomfortable feel insecure and can fall out on occasion. These physical challenges, only compound the problems of poor self-esteem, low psychosocial and physical confidence. There is no doubt that breast asymmetry can make someone feel physically as well as emotionally disfigured.

Social pressures can sometimes deter a patient from seeking advice about their asymmetry for fear of being considered vain or overly body image conscious. There is nothing wrong with having asymmetrical breasts, however if your asymmetry is a source of physical or emotional distress, then it might be worth discussing your options with one of our surgeons.

Types of breast asymmetry surgery

As there are many forms of breast asymmetry, there are many possible ways to restore balance. Our surgeons will explore your ideal goals in the context of your general health and body shape. They will explore which breast you prefer, which breast you wish to address or whether you would prefer to have both breasts addressed.

Breast asymmetry correction often involves a combination of strategies either as a single stage or multi-stage procedure. Breast lifting, breast reduction, breast implant augmentation, breast expansion, fat grafting are just some of the strategies that could be used.

Dr Rodney Cooter has a special interest in breast aesthetic surgery and is well equipped to help you achieve your goals.

At Waverley House, your breast augmentation will be automatically registered with the Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR). The ABDR collect objective data in a field that has been historically unregulated and difficult to monitor. This initiative will improve the quality and safety of breast surgery. Dr Cooter was one of the founders of the ABDR.

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