Correction of Breast Asymmetry

The body is rarely symmetrical, but sometimes a feature is significantly unbalanced. When one breast is noticeably larger than another, it can cause self-consciousness and distress. Finding a bra or swimming costume to fit is a major challenge and in some cases, asymmetry may result in physical symptoms, such as backache.

In addition some women’s breast development does not result in a rounded shape, developing in a more tubular shape (termed tubular breasts). This again can cause self-consciousness and distress.

Correction of breast asymmetry and tubular breasts can involve surgery on one or both breasts. It can include breast reduction, breast augmentation and the realignment of nipples. The aim is to create a natural, balanced appearance.

In the consultation, we will discuss your desired outcome and I will recommend the best options for achieving it.

Overview of Breast Asymmetry Correction Operation and Recovery Period

2-3 hours under General Anaesthetic

Some breast surgery patients will have an overnight stay in hospital in order that we can monitor initial recovery, some can be treated as day cases.

Follow up appointments

Between one and two weeks after surgery, we will check recovery and remove the dressing.

Further follow up appointments will be scheduled over six months

7-14 days

It is likely that you will still have slight bruising and swelling at this stage and you will be asked to wear a support garment under clothing during this period.

2-6 weeks

It is important to minimise the risk of damage whilst it is healing, but you can generally reintroduce gentle exercise after 6 weeks of recovery.

Risk Factors of Breast Asymmetry Correction Surgery

A key outcome of our consultation is that I understand your expectations and you understand the risks.

Our consultation will establish the aims of your surgery: what it can and what it can’t achieve.

We will then discuss what will happen before, during and after your operation, what you will experience and the impact on your daily life during the recovery period.

I will describe the effects of surgery including some of the unavoidable consequences, such as the scar and areas which may become numb. I will illustrate these with photos and provide written information.

I will explain the risks of surgery such as bleeding, infection and wound healing problems and how to mitigate against them. I will also advise you about the risks from the anaesthetic such as a DVT (venous blood clot in the legs) and how we reduce these risks.

The consultation is a bespoke interaction between us to help you reach a considered and informed decision.

Please complete the enquiry form if you would like to arrange an initial consultation to discuss breast asymmetry correction. This aims to answer your specific questions and is not a commitment to having the operation.
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Gallery of Cases – Breast Asymmetry Correction

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Photos showing before and six weeks after an operation to change breast shape. The scar are in the early red phase of scarring and will fade considerably over time. Breast of this shape are sometimes termed tubular breasts because they have developed in a tubular fashion and not softened into a rounded shape. The operation is designed to make them more rounded.

Photo showing before and after a breast augmentation operation in a patient with little breast development which is somewhat tubular.

Photo showing before and after surgery for breast asymmetry from a three quarter view. An implant had been used in the left breast and an uplift in the right.

Before and after photo from the front showing a patient before and after surgery for breast asymmetry. An implant has been used in the left breast and an uplift in the right breast