Only a small percentage of women have perfectly symmetrical breasts. Therefore, it is normal to notice some slight differences in the shape and size of your breasts. If, however, one breast is significantly asymmetrical to the other in size, shape, volume or position, you may want to resolve this through either breast reduction or breast lift surgery.
In this article, we’ll discuss how to fix uneven breasts with the above, what causes uneven breasts, and more.
Our head surgeon, Dr Omar Tillo, is a double board-certified surgeon who specialises in breast surgery. With extensive experience in the field, he has the skills and expertise to design a bespoke surgical approach, taking into account each patient’s unique anatomy and desired aesthetic.
What Causes Uneven Breasts?
Some of the possible reasons why breasts develop differently from one another include:
- Hormonal changes – when your hormones change during puberty, it’s not unusual for one breast to start growing before the other, even if they both stop growing at the same time.
- Menstrual cycle – you may have uneven breasts during the menstrual cycle as your breast tissue changes. For example, your breasts may feel fuller and more sensitive when you’re ovulating, while they may also feel bigger due to the additional blood flow.
- Normal growth variations – most body parts, such as ears and legs, aren’t completely symmetrical, so uneven breasts can be attributed to normal growth variations.
- Juvenile hypertrophy – this is a rare medical condition that causes one breast to grow significantly larger than the other, possibly caused by hormone sensitivity or hormone production.
Will Breast Asymmetry Even Out?
If you have minor breast asymmetry during puberty or at different stages of your menstrual cycle,, you should wait for your hormones to balance out to better understand whether this asymmetry resolves itself.
However, for more significant, persistent breast asymmetry, a permanent, surgical solution may be the most appropriate treatment.
Cosmetic Surgery to Fix Breast Asymmetry
Cosmetic surgery is the most effective solution for fixing uneven breasts. Just be sure to choose a skilled, experienced, and licensed surgeon to perform the procedure. Below we outline two of the most effective breasts surgeries to fix uneven breasts: breast reduction and breast lift.
Breast reduction surgery permanently removes breast tissue, fat, and skin to reduce and reshape the size of a woman’s breasts. The procedure can be used as an effective means to fix uneven breasts if there is also a need for a reduction.
Benefits of Breast Reduction
There is a range of both aesthetic and functional benefits associated with breast reduction:
- Breast reduction can help women to achieve their ideal figure by reducing their breasts to their desired size.
- A breast reduction can relieve medical conditions associated with larger, cumbersome breasts. For example, chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain and skin irritation in the breast folds.
- By creating a more proportionate frame, many patients find it easier to live a more active lifestyle.
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?
The general cost of breast reduction surgery in London at the CREO Clinic starts from £8,900. However, as a bespoke cosmetic treatment, the exact price of the procedure will be determined following an initial consultation with Dr Tillo.
Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast reduction is carried out under general anaesthetic and typically takes two hours to complete. The exact surgical techniques can vary depending on the shape of the breasts and the amount of tissue that needs to be removed.
The surgeon will make the necessary incisions around your breasts, ready for the removal of breast tissue, fat, and skin. After this, the incisions are then closed with dissolvable stitches to tighten the remaining skin.
How Long is Breast Reduction Recovery?
You may experience side effects such as swelling and tenderness in the affected area during your breast reduction recovery. However, this should gradually dissipate over the first two to three weeks, enabling you to return to most of your day-to-day routine.
When Can You See Results From Breast Reduction?
Immediately after the cosmetic procedure, your breasts will be noticeably smaller and may appear slightly higher than expected. However, as your body heals over the first couple of weeks, your breasts will settle into their intended position and begin to feel natural to the frame of your body.
The final results of breast reduction surgery typically become visible once the post-surgical swelling has completely subsided, which can take up to 3-6 months.
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgery that lifts and reshapes sagging breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping breast tissue. The cosmetic procedure aims to provide patients with perkier breasts and is ideal for women after pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, or for women with asymmetrical breasts.
Benefits of Breast Lift
There are several key benefits of a breast lift:
- Breast lift surgery aims to elevate sagging or deflated breasts so that they look fuller, firmer, and project forward. As a result, women are able to achieve a more youthful and contoured figure.
- Sagging breasts can lead to skin irritation and rashes underneath their breasts, which can be successfully treated via a breast lift.
How Much Does Breast Lift Cost?
In general, the price of a breast lift in London at the CREO Clinic starts from £8,500. However, because a breast lift is an individualised surgery, the costs of the procedure can vary depending on the surgical needs of each patient.
Breast Lift Procedure
Once an anaesthetic has been administered at the beginning of your breast lift procedure, the surgeon starts by making an incision according to one of the four techniques: crescent lift, periareolar lift, vertical lift, or an inverted-T lift.
After this, the surgeon will then remove excess skin, reshape the breast tissue, and raise and resize the nipple and areola. Finally, the remaining skin of the breasts is brought back together and tightened as the incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches.
How Long is Breast Lift Recovery?
Immediately after your breast lift surgery, you may experience swelling and soreness in your breasts. This will gradually dissipate over the first few weeks as you begin your recovery.
In general, most patients are able to go back to work and resume the vast majority of their day-to-day activities two weeks after the surgery. However, your surgeon may advise you to wait at least six weeks before engaging in strenuous activity and resuming your normal exercise routine.
When Can You See Results From Breast Lift?
Immediately after the cosmetic surgery, your breasts may feel tight and appear a little higher than expected. However, over the first few months of recovery, your body will begin to heal, allowing the swelling to subside.
By this time, you’ll notice that your breasts look perkier in appearance and have settled into their natural position.
Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today
CREO Clinic’s head surgeon, Dr Tillo, has extensive experience in completing reconstructive breast surgery using different techniques.
So, if you want a more in-depth discussion of your surgery options, book a consultation with us today to begin your bespoke treatment plan and get one step closer to fixing your asymmetrical breasts.