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Breast asymmetry is a common finding and is often a result of unequal breast development but can also follow previous breast surgery. Corrective surgery may involve a single breast or both sides. The treatment options to improve breast symmetry include the full range of cosmetic breast procedures and, if both sides require treatment, often require a different approach for each breast. Your consultation will include an assessment of the size and shape of each side and a careful discussion of your goals and preferences to improve symmetry.
The operations to correct breast asymmetry are typically undertaken under a light general anaesthetic with a single overnight stay in hospital, although day case surgery may be an option for some patients.
The procedure will be agreed with your consultant in advance and may include breast reduction, breast uplift (mastopexy), breast enlargement (using silicone breast implants or your own fat in the form of fat grafts) or more often, a combination of these techniques.
The skin wounds are closed with fine absorbable sutures. The resulting scars will depend on the nature of the surgery required.
Following discharge from hospital simple pain killers are usually all that is required. Depending on the surgery undertaken you may be advised to wear a well fitted sports bra for around six weeks. Often a week or two away from work is advised and a return to driving may best be deferred for slightly longer.
A follow-up appointment will be arranged by the hospital to see the specialist plastic surgery nurses initially and thereafter a review appointment with your plastic surgeon will be scheduled to ensure all is well and that you are happy with your result.
The surgery to correct breast asymmetry varies and is costed individually based on the procedure(s) proposed.
All surgery incurs an element of risk such as bleeding, infection, pain and swelling. The risks of surgery to correct breast asymmetry will depend on what is required. All of the risks associated with your surgery will be discussed with you in detail during your consultation where you will be given plenty of time to ask questions.
On average silicone breast implants may need to be exchanged after around 10 years following initial placement, although they can last much longer.
Breast symmetry often changes as a person ages and will be influenced by weight change and pregnancy. The surgical plan to improve breast symmetry will be designed to give you the longest lasting result within the confines of the techniques available.
Our 'inclusive care' policy is such that if there is a complication or adverse outcome from surgery within the first year then we can provide any further treatment required at no additional cost to you.
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