Breast asymmetry affects more than half of all women. If the difference between your breasts is pronounced, it can be challenging for you to find clothes that fit comfortably. You may dread intimacy or other situations where you reveal your mismatched breasts to people.
Breast augmentation is often an ideal solution for women whose breasts are lopsided or sit in different positions. What should you know before committing to surgery? Read on to learn more.
1. Your Breasts Will Need Time to Reach Their Final Shape
While breast augmentation will immediately increase breast size, your new breasts will not look their best immediately after surgery. Your skin and body will need time to adjust to the presence of implants, and at first, your breasts will probably seem to sit higher on your chest. Post-surgical swelling can also make your breasts feel firmer than you’re used to. Don’t worry – these concerns are a normal part of the healing process.
Most of your swelling should resolve within two to three weeks, and after two to three months, your implants will soften and settle into a more natural position. Three months may seem like a long time, but to put it in perspective, it’s a fraction of the years you spent living with uneven breasts. The most rewarding things in life are worth the wait.
2. You May Want to Replace Your Implants Down the Road
While both saline and silicone breast implants have received FDA approval, they are not lifetime devices. If you get breast implants to correct breast asymmetry, you should prepare yourself for the possibility you’ll need a breast implant revision surgery at some point in your future – whether it’s because your implants are wearing out, or because you want to rejuvenate your breasts by changing the size, shape, or material of your implants.
3. You Can Augment One Breast, or Both
Many women with asymmetrical breasts are happy with the size of one of them and only opt to get an implant on their underdeveloped side. During your breast augmentation consultation, Dr. Stephan can help you decide how to achieve your cosmetic goals. You will also need to choose the placement, material, shape, width, and size of your implants, and you can rely on Dr. Stephan’s extensive surgical experience and training to assist you in those decisions as well.
4. It’s Possible to Combine Surgeries for Maximum Results
If you are experiencing sagging related to aging or breastfeeding, especially in the larger of your breasts, you can add a breast lift procedure to your augmentation to reposition your breasts, nipples, and areolas to sit higher on your chest for a perkier and more youthful silhouette. If your nipples point downward, rather than straight ahead, you may be a good candidate for a breast lift. Women with a marked difference in their breast size can choose to get their smaller breast augmented and their larger one lifted during the same surgery.
5. You Will Need to Plan for Recovery Time
Clear your calendar and plan on resting comfortably at home for the first few days after your breast asymmetry corrective surgery. Arrange for someone to help you around the house during this initial recovery period. You will also need to wear a specially designed surgical bra that supports your breasts as they heal. After the first few days, most people are usually up and around, can stop taking any prescription pain medication, and have started to pick up where they left off. However, you should avoid working out, lifting heavy objects, and other strenuous activities for the first three weeks after your surgery. Most people feel well enough to return to work after one week, provided their jobs are not physically demanding.
Schedule Your Breast Asymmetry Surgical Consultation
Dr. Stephan and his surgical team are proud to provide outstanding breast surgery results for patients in the Tampa area. If you’d like to learn more about surgically correcting your lopsided breasts, please reach out to our office and book a private consultation.