Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo — MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)
Uneven breasts, where one breast has a different size, shape, or position to the other, are a common cosmetic concern that affects around 1 in 2 women. Breast augmentation surgery corrects uneven breasts by increasing the volume of the breasts using implants or fat transfer. At the CREO clinic, our surgeons specialise in combining both methods in a technique known as composite breast augmentation, which produces optimal results.
In this article, we’ll explore how our surgeons at the CREO clinic reshape and enhance breasts to give patients symmetrical and fuller breasts that look natural and proportionate.
Causes of Uneven Breasts
Women may develop uneven breasts at any age for several different reasons :
- The hormonal changes during puberty may lead to the development of uneven breasts, possibly due to genetics.
- Juvenile hypertrophy is a rare and benign condition where one breast becomes excessively enlarged than the other during puberty.
- The breasts may appear enlarged and uneven during ovulation and return to normal during menstruation.
- Pregnancy causes an influx of hormones that enlarges the breasts, sometimes unevenly in size.
- The breastfeeding process may also alter the shape and size of a woman’s breasts.
Breast augmentation is a popular surgery that augments and reshapes the breasts to make them even and proportionate to your figure.
The primary goal of breast augmentation is to add volume to your breasts. In doing so, the surgery adds curves to your upper body. When performing a breast augmentation, your surgeon will tailor the procedure according to your surgical needs. Therefore, if you have uneven breasts, your surgeon may use the appropriate sized implants and volume of fat grafts to add symmetry to the breasts.
Furthermore, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and the ageing process can leave the breasts looking deflated. Thus, by adding volume, breast augmentation makes the breasts appear perkier and more youthful.
Breast augmentation for uneven breasts usually takes between 2-3 hours to perform under sedation or general anaesthesia. Your surgeon will perform the surgery by inserting implants, injecting fat grafts, or combining both techniques for the best results.
When inserting implants, your surgeon will make an incision underneath the nipples, along the breasts folds, or in the armpit. The exact placement of the incision depends on the type, size, and placement of the implant. To perform a fat transfer, your surgeon will first perform liposuction surgery on areas of the body containing excess fat. Afterwards, the harvested fat cells will be injected into specific areas of the breasts to achieve your desired shape.
In general, the price of breast augmentation at the CREO clinic London starts from £6,900. The exact cost of the surgery may vary depending on the type of breast augmentation you choose and your surgical requirements, all of which our plastic surgeon will discuss with you during a consultation.
Immediately after the surgery, you may experience soreness, swelling, and tightness in the affected area, which subsides within two weeks. Your surgeon will provide after-care instructions and pain medication to help manage your recovery. In general, most patients feel able to return to work and light activities after two weeks and resume more strenuous activities six weeks after surgery.
You will notice a significant enhancement to your breasts immediately after surgery. However, it may take up to 4-6 months for the final results of the surgery to become apparent. By this time, the residual swelling will have dissipated, fat cells will have stabilised, and your skin will have stretched to accommodate the implants and fat grafts to provide results that look and feel natural.
Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Reduction
Breast reduction is a surgery that reduces the size of the breasts by removing breast tissue and excess fat. Our surgeon also employs breast reduction to reshape the breasts to make them appear more even. Not only does breast reduction deliver proportionate breasts, but it can also alleviate the physical symptoms that are associated with having disproportionately large breasts.
Although breast augmentation and reduction have opposite cosmetic purposes, our surgeons sometimes combine both procedures in patients with large droopy breasts that lack volume in the upper poles (above the nipple). The most suitable surgery for you will depend on your desired aesthetic which you can discuss with your surgeon.
Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift
Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgery that raises sagging breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping the breast tissue. Unlike breast augmentation, a breast lift doesn’t add volume to the breasts. Instead, the surgeon reshapes your existing breast tissue without significantly altering the size of your breasts. Therefore, if you are satisfied with the size of your breasts but wish to make them more even and elevated, a breast lift may be a more suitable option.
Is Breast Augmentation Worth It?
Having disproportionately small breasts or uneven breasts is a common cosmetic concern that can impact one’s self-confidence. Therefore, many women consider breast augmentation a worthwhile procedure as it restores them with a more proportionate and curvier silhouette. Furthermore, implants and fat transfers are long-lasting solutions that produce natural-looking breasts when performed correctly.
If you have small or uneven breasts that you wish to enhance and reshape, book a consultation with Dr Omar Tillo at the CREO clinic to discuss a bespoke breast augmentation procedure.