Summary: While we might like to think of ourselves as perfectly symmetrical, the truth of the matter is that we aren’t. From our face to our hands to our feet, the human body has a way of not being perfect. But this imperfection can be more pronounced in some areas, so plastic surgeons developed a procedure called breast asymmetry correction surgery, which aims to correct strong asymmetry in the breast. This procedure generally leads to higher self-esteem and an improved quality of life in those women who elect to pursue it.
No Body’s Perfect
We’re used to thinking about the human body as innately symmetrical. We have two arms, one on each side. We have two legs, one left and one right. If you sliced us down the middle (which, don’t do that), you’d have to sides that look roughly the same. But there’s where we start to get into trouble, because “roughly the same” means something different on individual bodies. Take those arms and legs for example—even if you think of yourself as perfectly symmetrical, there are tiny variations. Your arms could be different lengths, for example. Even if it’s only a matter of millimeters, it still calls into question what we tend to think of as symmetry.
Asymmetry in the Breast
As none of us are perfectly symmetrical (and if you Google that, you’ll find that perfect symmetry isn’t even desirable, despite what theorists about beauty might tell you), it should come as no surprise that there is a great deal of variation in that asymmetry. But where asymmetry in your hands and feel may be relatively easy to hide or work around, there are some areas of the body where asymmetry can be difficult to navigate. One of the most pronounced areas of asymmetry difficulty, especially for women, is in the breast.
According to website of the New Jersey breast asymmetry correction surgery experts at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, roughly 90% of women have asymmetry of some kind in their breasts. Twenty-five percent of those women have an asymmetry of at least one cup size, and 5-10% of women have an asymmetry even greater. This can make clothes shopping, including bra selection, particularly nightmarish, as nearly all clothes are designed for a perfectly symmetrical body.
Asymmetrical breasts can also be challenging in social situations and in terms of confidence and self-esteem. Among the most robust, long-term, and satisfying solutions to this particular problem is a procedure called breast asymmetry correction surgery. During this operation, plastic surgeons use a combination of techniques to achieve better symmetry (though, it’s worth noting that perfect symmetry may be an impossible goal).
The Surgical Fix
In some cases, surgeons will focus on a breast reduction technique, where the larger breast will be reduced to match the size of the smaller one. Then, each breast would be given a lift procedure in order to ensure they are both as symmetrical as possible. In other instances, surgeons will use augmentation to match the size of the larger breast by inserting an implant (most often silicone). Surgeons are generally careful to take into consideration areolae placement during the procedure as well. Which technique, or combination of techniques, is used often depends on the desired outcome of the patient.
Waiting for Development
It’s worth noting that breast asymmetry is often a normal part of breast development. Both breasts, after all, do not always develop at precisely the same rate. So while this procedure is safe to perform on women of any age, it’s always recommended that the woman wait until breast development is complete (usually at least 20, but preferably a little later). This will help ensure the longest lasting results and, ultimately, the happiest patient possible. In fact, pregnancy—or planned pregnancy—can also have an effect on the results of this procedure, so it might be worth waiting until that stage of your life has passed (but this, again, depends on each patient’s wishes and desires).
Under normal circumstances, breast symmetry correction surgery is quite a safe procedure, but it’s important to keep in mind that there will be a recovery period following surgery. Generally, surgeons will give you very specific care instruction that will help ensure the longevity of the results.
It’s About Happiness
So while we all exhibit some form of asymmetry, that does not mean that we have to live with the asymmetries that hold us back or make us feel as though, somehow, we need to hide who we are. Breast asymmetry correction surgery patients usually report a huge bump in how they feel about their quality of life—as well as a huge increase in confidence and self esteem. And, ultimately, that’s what the surgery is all about—helping you live your life the way you want to live it.