Compensation for breast asymmetry
The incidence of asymmetric breasts – breasts that significantly differ from one another in terms of either size or shape – has many different underlying causes. In some women, the differential growth of their breasts is genetically determined. Two concrete examples of this very rare genetic abnormality are provided by Poland Syndrome (also known as Amazon Syndrome) and a breast deformity known as tubular breasts. Other women may have a mammary gland infection, or have suffered injury to the breast. Others still may have undergone an operation on their breast(s).
In addition to aesthetic and psychological difficulties, these women often also have physical complaints: Breasts of differential weight and size can lead to problems with balance and thus to bad posture and the problems associated with this. In the case of young and even very young women, a timely operative procedure is advisable – preferably before the natural process of development is complete – in particular, to reduce the risk of developing serious psychological issues.
To correct asymmetrical breasts, aesthetic plastic surgeons have various different means at their disposal. The operation is usually very complex, since both breasts have to be operated on, but each requires a different technical approach. The operative approach to be employed is selected on the basis of the patient’s examination results. In some instances of younger women, the reduced growth of one of the breasts can be compensated for by introduction of an expandable implant, which is then replaced by a permanent implant once the normal growth process has been completed. In other cases, a relatively simple operative procedure to correct asymmetry of the nipples may suffice. For women who have one well developed and one very small or even absent breast, a surgical reconstruction is possible using implants or self-tissue.
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