Dissatisfaction with your body permeates nearly every area of your life. When your breasts are different sizes or shapes, it can affect how you look and how your clothing fits. It might even keep you from enjoyable activities due to embarrassment over your body contour. If your body image is impacting your quality of life, Dr. Barrett and his team can help.
Breast asymmetry refers to a situation in which a woman’s breasts are different sizes or shapes. The causes of asymmetry are numerous and include factors like weight, age, genetics, or even gravity. While different sizes or shapes of breasts are nothing to be ashamed of, many women do feel self-conscious about their chest when it doesn’t meet their desired look. Fortunately, there are surgical solutions to breast asymmetry that can restore balance and proportion to your body.
What is Breast Asymmetry Correction?
Breast asymmetry correction is a popular choice for women that want to create balance and beauty in the chest. Dr. Barrett offers numerous techniques to ensure you achieve the ideal shape and size. It is common for both breasts to require correction to achieve an optimal outcome. For example, he might reduce large breasts to a more proportionate size, but the amount of reduction might differ between the breasts if one happens to be naturally larger than the other. Augmentation can also be performed in this manner, using different sizes of implants to create proportion while increasing size.
Is Breast Asymmetry Correction Right for You?
Breast asymmetry correction surgery is a helpful option for women who desire shapely, proportionate breasts. Dr. Barrett is skilled in performing this procedure for patients that have the following concerns:
- Breasts that differ in size, shape or position
- Breasts that are too small or large as well as asymmetrical
- Tuberous breast deformity that results in uneven breasts
- Self-consciousness about your appearance due to your breasts
- Avoidance of some clothing or activities because of your appearance
Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon
Breast asymmetry requires an experienced plastic surgeon with attention to detail and an artistic eye to create a proportionate, beautiful and natural appearance to the breasts. The other requirement for a successful correction process is sufficient time to determine the specific needs and create a surgical plan that will precisely meet them. Time is where Dr. Barrett stands apart from other Beverly Hills surgeons. You will spend ample time during your consultation discussing your concerns and aesthetic goals and getting all your questions answered about your upcoming procedure, so you are comfortable with your decision and the process.
Preparing for Your Surgery
There are steps you can take before any breast enhancement to improve your outcome and lower your risk for complications:
- Avoid medications and supplements that can affect blood flow, such as anti-inflammatories, aspirin and vitamin E
- Quit smoking before surgery to avoid complications related to nicotine
- Hydrate well before surgery to prepare for your recovery process
- Fill prescriptions and stock up on food so you can go home and relax after surgery
- Schedule someone to bring you back from your surgery and remain with you for a day or two
- Line up help with your children, pets and house for the first week so you can focus on your recovery
Dr. Barrett may perform your outpatient surgery under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Either way, you will be comfortably asleep throughout your procedure. Incisions will be placed in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. Common locations include the breast crease underneath the breast and encircling the areola. If Dr. Barrett is enlarging the breasts, he will create a pocket to place the implants. If he is performing reduction or a lift, he will excise excess skin and remove tissue to create a smaller, perkier and shapelier breast.
Breast asymmetry correction typically takes one to two hours to complete. When the surgery is finished, Dr. Barrett closes the incisions using layering techniques that reduce tension and promote better healing of the wound. A sterile dressing is applied over the incisions, and a surgical bra may also be placed to hold the breasts in position protect them as they begin to heal.
After Your Breast Asymmetry Correction
After your surgery, you will likely feel some soreness and swelling. These side effects can last for a week or so, and during this time, it is best to focus on rest and recovery. One primary focus during your recovery will be to minimize the appearance of the scar left behind after surgery. Dr. Barrett will see you in his office once a week to track your progress for the first six weeks. During the first and second visits, he will remove sutures and tape the incisions. When the taping period is over, Dr. Barrett will prescribe a patented silicone scar gel that you will apply twice daily for three months. He will also give you additional instructions on how to care for yourself and your scar that are specific to your situation.
Although the typical recovery for breast-related surgery is about six weeks, that doesn’t mean you will have to take that much time off work and other activities. Most women return to their routines within a week or two with little evidence they underwent surgery. However, it does take six weeks or even longer in some cases for the swelling to completely subside and the breasts to settle into their new position. Once you have fully healed, your results should be very long-lasting.
Breast asymmetry correction restores both your appearance and your confidence in your body. The procedure produces long-lasting, even permanent results for most women. If you are unhappy with the look of your breasts, maybe now is the time to take action. Contact Barrett Plastic Surgery today at 310-598-2648 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Barrett and find out if this surgery is the right choice for you.