Correcting Breast Asymmetry
Melbourne’s Leading Plastic Surgeons & Breast Specialists for Complex Breast Procedures
Breast Specialist Dr Craig Rubinstein is our leading Melbourne Plastic Surgeon for remedying asymmetrical breasts.
Our Breast Specialists are highly-qualified Plastic Surgeons, operating at accredited major hospitals in Melbourne using only experienced Anaesthetists and a top team of Surgical Support Staff.
Breast Asymmetry Corrective Surgery for Uneven Breasts
- Are your breasts noticeably mismatched (asymmetric or visibly different in size or shape)?
- Do your breasts look lopsided or uneven even when wearing bras, swimwear and other clothing?
- Is one of your nipples sitting in a different location on the breast mound?
- Are your nipples very different in shape, size or position?
You may have asymmetric breasts. Having Asymmetric Breasts is a common condition. Rates vary but from 25% to half or more of all women have noticeable asymmetry that concerns them.
Even women with similarly sized breasts have asymmetry, although they may not focus on the condition as much as women with very uneven breasts.
Asymmetry of the breast area is primarily a cosmetic concern for women rather than a physical concern for most women.
Dr Craig Rubinstein is particularly renowned for his extensive surgical experience to correct uneven, asymmetric breasts.
Options for Breast Surgery for asymmetric breasts will vary from patient to patient. Some women may b best off with breast augmentation using different sized breast implants, others may need a Breast Lift with or without augmentation and still other women may opt for a Breast Reduction and Breast Lift, with slightly different amounts of reduction on one side than the other, to help reduce the noticeable differences in breast size or nipple shape.
As one of our elite team’s highly-experienced Breast Surgeons and Cosmetic Surgery for Women Specialists, Plastic Surgeon Dr Craig Rubinstein is the “GO TO” Surgeon for fixing breast asymmetry concerns.
There are different degrees of Breast Asymmetry.
Nearly every women has some amount of asymmetry, but uneven breast sizes and shapes range from milder forms
You may be a good candidate for Breast Surgery to correct Breast Asymmetry
Symmetry of the face, body and breasts has been found to be highly attractive across many cultures. Breast symmetry has been prized throughout history as it may indicate health, desirability and potentially even increased fertility. Equally-sized breasts also make it easier to fit both of your breasts into the same bra.
Our Breast Specialists will be the first to assure you, however, that ALL breasts are ‘sisters, not twins’. What this observation means in essence is that it is unusual to have identical or mirror-image breasts (the same is true of the sides of your face). A minor degree of breast asymmetry is very common.
But for some women, the difference between their breasts is not minor. Differences can even be so significant as to appear (when comparing the two sides) as if two entirely different people have been combined into one. In this case, a combination of corrective surgical techniques may be required to ensure that you end up with breasts that are attractive and appear to be at least sisters, if not close to twins.
What types of mismatched or uneven breasts can be treated?
- Breast Asymmetry – Different volume, shape, position, breast crease position (IMC)
- Nipple Asymmetry – Different size, shape, height
- Anterior Chest Wall issues – different shaped chest wall behind the breast
There can also be other causes of breast asymmetry, such as postural problems (Scoliosis), other diseases (cancer, Poland’s syndrome or effects of past surgery) and Iatrogenic causes.
Dr Douglas McManamny – Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon is also a leading Breast Specialists for complex breast surgeries including surgical treatment for breast asymmetry, ptotic breasts (droopy breasts) and breast concavity (pigeon chest).
How do you assess the best solution for Asymmetric Breasts?
- What do you really want? – Matching / Bigger / smaller?
- How much Asymmetry do you have? – Mild, Moderate or Severe
- Do you want an implant?
- Would Liposuction help?
- If Liposuction isn’t enough – are you OK with scars
- Consider the options of NO surgery or fat transfer
What is involved in planning for Breast Asymmetry surgery?
Thorough pre-operative planning and customised procedure designs (work-up) is critical to getting a highly-satisfactory outcome. Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons typically do a lot of assessment measurements, which may include:
- Breast volumetric tests
- Computer-generated modelling with Vectra 3D
- MRI imaging studies
What are the techniques for reducing breast asymmetry?
Sometimes entirely different approaches may be required for each breast.
There are several different solutions for your Breast Asymmetry:
- Smaller breast bigger
- Bigger breast smaller
- Both breasts smaller and symmetric
- Both breasts bigger and symmetric
Complex Surgery for Breast Asymmetry – Best Corrective Surgical Solutions
Recently, our Clinic had a case in which one side underwent Breast Augmentation while the other was reduced and lifted (this breast correction surgery is called a Reduction Mastopexy). Obviously, this is very difficult and complex surgery. It requires years of breast specialist knowledge in addition to significantly experienced surgical ability to ensure patients are well looked-after.
Some Asymmetric Breasts may even require two or three separate surgeries.
What can be done during surgery to improve breast symmetry?
Surgeons may use intra-operative sizers during surgery. These breast implant sizers are sterile “sample” implants inserted during the surgical operation to precisely check and get the correct size to achieve your ideal breast proportions.
Our surgeons will typically also use additional Liposuction during surgery to ensure a great result. We prefer to use the Microaire liposuction device.
How can we reduce scars and aid surgical recovery after your breast surgery?
Our team offers a range of techniques to aid your rapid recovery, improve your surgical results and reduce scars.
- Special bandages, tapes and gels to aid healing
- Healite II – LED treatment of healing scars
- At around 8 weeks, we can arrange for Fraxel Laser Treatment of scars to aid healing
- A selection of special bras to support your recovery including an appointment with SheScience to fit your new bra
- Our special ‘Rapid Recovery Pack‘ – a mixture of ‘science and love’ – to help you heal better and faster
*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient.
Read more about surgical outcome variability on our Disclaimer Page.
Choose an expert in Breast Asymmetry Surgery
Dr Craig Rubinstein is our expert on asymmetric breast surgery. He wrote an entire chapter on Breast Asymmetries in the text book Surgery of the Breast that Plastic Surgeons use.
Breast Asymmetry is an ongoing concern for many women and some women will choose to have Cosmetic Breast Surgery or Corrective Surgery
Sometimes Breast Surgery for asymmetric breasts is part of corrective surgery for very large, heavy breasts that cause back pain, shoulder pain or neck pain. Other times, the asymmetry corrections may be primarily cosmetic in nature.
Sometimes additional surgery procedures are required, but this varies from person to person.
Breast Asymmetry cases are reviewed frequently – annually after 1 year.
Surgery Case Studies
Before and After Images of Plastic Surgery to Correct Breast Asymmetry
Symmetric Implants After Left Breast Lipo – Before and After Images of Surgery to Correct Asymmetric Breasts
Asymmetric Breast Reduction (early recovery phase – 8 weeks) – Images
Right Breast Reduction with Symmetric Implants (early recovery phase – 8 weeks) – Images
Right Mastopexy (Breast Lift) and Left Breast Reduction (Early recovery phase – 8 weeks) – Images
Getting Good Results
Every patient is unique, and getting a good result is a combination of many factors, according to Dr Rubinstein. “The planning stage is crucial for getting a great result from corrective breast surgery to resolve very noticeable asymmetry,” notes the Team at Cosmetic Surgery for Women. “Asymmetric breast surgery is one of the most difficult surgeries to perform and requires extremely careful measurements, markups and planning.”
Breast Asymmetry Surgery is a particularly challenging breast surgery procedure
“You can have TWO different Breasts with TWO different surgeries with TWO different outcomes that will both age and change TOO differently over time.”
This is why we recommend seeing a highly-experienced Plastic Surgeon who is qualified, well trained, safe, with a proven track record and a genuine surgical interest and dedication to Breast Asymmetry Surgeries.
Support for Interstate and Overseas Patients
If you have support in Melbourne or would like to visit Dr Rubinstein or one of his Breast Surgery Colleagues for a second opinion, please send us an enquiry form, below.
NEXT STEPS on your Surgical Journey
How to Book your Initial Consultation for Breast Surgery Discussions
- Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange your surgeon consultation
- A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral; however, referrals can help you get reimbursed for any rebates that may be applicable to you
- Book a consultation with your Surgeon by paying the $200 consultation fee
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
- You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
Want more information before scheduling your Surgeon consultation?
- Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us
- Book a Complimentary Nurse Consultation (FREE)
- Organise a phone call with Patient Coordinator (FREE)
- Attend our Regular Practice Events and hear from our Plastic Surgeons and their top support team (FREE)
- Organise a Skype call consultation with a Surgeon (available for Interstate patients)
- Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure – call or contact us
- Browse our Frequently Asked Questions including how to choose a Surgeon for your procedure
Please contact us using this form to arrange to book a consultation with one of our expert Breast Specialist Plastic Surgeons or to speak with our Patient Care Coordinator.
Send an enquiry form today or phone (03) 8849 1444.