Surgery for uneven breasts in our Albany practice is performed by one of our highly qualified plastic surgeons. Small incisions are made in the area around the areola and nipple. In many cases, we use a breast implant as with breast augmentation to fill out the smaller breast and help it match the appearance of the normally shaped breast. In other cases, an implant may not be necessary to achieve the desired results.
When an implant is used, the size and shape of the asymmetric breast can be determined with your plastic surgeon prior to your surgery. He or she will explain to you the different types of implants that are best suited for your particular case. The nipple and areola of the asymmetric breast can also be repositioned to be a better match the other breast. Keep in mind that no 2 breasts naturally are identical; there will always be slight differences between them. But, your plastic surgeon will make every effort to make your asymmetric breast look natural and symmetrical with your other breast.
Asymmetric breast surgery is usually conducted under a general anesthetic. This outpatient procedure can take several hours to complete. Your plastic surgeon will discuss this with you during your private consultation.
Initially after your breast surgery you will feel fatigued. You may experience some soreness and your breast may be tender. Your plastic surgeon can help you feel more comfortable with prescribed medications. You will wear a surgical bra to help support your breast.
In most cases, you'll return home the day of your surgery. Chances are you'll want to sleep and that's the best thing to do the first day or 2 following your surgery. You may also feel a little wan for several days afterwards. This is not unusual as your body is beginning its healing. You may also notice swelling around your breast and there may be some bruising. This is also normal and will decrease and eventually fade completely within a week or so. Most of the time, women will feel quite comfortable to resume their normal activities a week or 10 days following their surgery. Plan on being home from work for at least a week.
As your newly shaped breast heals it will gradually lower itself on your chest to its natural position. Within 3 to 4 weeks, you will look in the mirror and enjoy the results that you and your plastic surgeon had discussed and planned together - a more attractive chest contour and greatly enhanced self-confidence!
Potential Risks or Complications
Asymmetric breast surgery is a comparatively safe procedure with very rare complications. As with any type of surgery, however, there is a chance of an infection developing or an adverse reaction to anesthesia. These instances are rare and if they do occur can be monitored and effectively treated by your plastic surgeon.