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Category: Breast Revision

How Much Breast Asymmetry Is Normal?

Breast asymmetry is far more common than most people realize. In fact, it is believed that virtually all women have some degree of breast asymmetry. For many women, this asymmetry is so slight that it is barely noticeable, or it may not be noticeable at all. Others are not so fortunate, and their pronounced breast asymmetry affects them physically and/or emotionally. If your breast asymmetry bothers you, breast surgery can help you achieve a more balanced and natural-looking bust line.

Before and After Photos of a Breast Augmentation with Breast Lift

When to Consider Surgery

Breast asymmetry is usually a difference in size or volume. If there is only a slight difference, this may be unnoticeable most or all of the time. However, some women’s breasts can differ in size by more than a cup and may be noticeable even to strangers. Additionally, some women’s breasts may differ in shape or may go through changes during pregnancy, nursing, and aging that lead to asymmetry. For example, aging breasts may sag at different rates, leading to one sagging noticeably lower than the other. In some cases, asymmetry can be attributed to breast augmentation. If a plastic surgeon does not account for natural asymmetry, it can become more pronounced after inserting breast implants. Surgical complications that may arise after breast augmentation can cause noticeable aesthetic changes to one breast only. No matter the cause, if the differences between your breasts are distressing to you, consider scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss your options for achieving a more even breast appearance.

Your Surgical Options

Breast asymmetry can be corrected through breast surgery. There are several surgical approaches that can help you achieve breast symmetry:

  • Breast Augmentation: Dr. Schlechter can insert an implant into the smaller breast or differently sized implants into both breasts to balance them out. This approach will increase the size of the breasts and can also improve their shape.
  • Breast Augmentation With Fat Transfer: Dr. Schlechter can extract excess fat from an area of the body and inject it into the smaller breast to boost its size. This approach can be successful for those with minor asymmetry (i.e., less than one cup size difference), but it is more difficult to rely on as a correction for breast asymmetry because the amount of fat that will successfully graft into the breast tissue is variable.
  • Breast Lift: Dr. Schlechter can perform a breast lift to reshape and reposition the breasts so that they appear youthful and balanced. This approach is best for women whose breasts are sagging, especially if their sagging is uneven.
  • Breast Reduction: Dr. Schlechter can surgically remove excess breast tissue to reduce the size of just the larger breast or both breasts. This approach is best for women whose overly large breasts cause them emotional or physical discomfort.
  • Breast Revision: Dr. Schlechter can perform breast revision to correct asymmetry caused by surgical complications from breast augmentation, such as implant deflation or capsular contracture. This approach improves the condition of the breasts and balances out their appearance.

Breast surgery can correct breast asymmetry and help women achieve a more natural, even, and aesthetically pleasing breast appearance. To learn more about your options, schedule your personal consultation with our experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter. Please call (847) 737-5036 or contact us online to request your appointment today.

Breast Implant Removal Without Replacement

While breast implants are intended to be long-lasting devices, there may come a time when they are no longer right for you. If you decide for any reason that you no longer wish to have breast implants, Dr. Schlechter can perform implant explant breast revision to remove your implants and recreate a more natural breast appearance.

Before and After Photo of Removal of Breast Implants

How Implant Explant Differs from Implant Exchange

Breast implant “removal without replacement” means that when performing breast revision surgery, the implants are permanently removed instead of replaced. With most revisionary breast surgeries, the implants are exchanged for newer implants or implants of a different material or type. With implant explant, the implants are removed, and the tissues are lifted and adjusted to recreate the natural look from before the implants were originally inserted.

Reasons to Have Your Breast Implants Removed

There are a number of reasons why women choose to remove their breast implants. Sometimes it is a matter of surgical complications or health concerns. For instance, if you have recurrent capsular contracture or your oversized breasts are causing you pain, removing your implants may be a prudent choice. Dr. Schlechter may recommend this for women with health concerns. Some women may be concerned with fitness and how their oversized breasts don’t fit with their active lifestyle. Another reason to remove breast implants could be a shift in preferences. Many women decide years after breast augmentation surgery that they want to reclaim their natural figures. Whatever your motivation, Dr. Schlechter can perform breast revision to remove your implants without replacing them.

Achieving a Natural Look

Permanently removing your breast implants will automatically make your breasts look more natural because they will no longer have the size enhancement from the implants. Because breast augmentation permanently stretches the breasts, Dr. Schlechter will have to tighten and adjust the breast tissue because it will not naturally contract back to its former state. Most of the time with implant explant breast revision, Dr. Schlechter includes a lift to correct any sagging from the weight of the implants. He may also remove scar tissue and reshape the breasts so that they look naturally full, round, and lifted. With implant explant breast revision, you can recapture a more natural look and eliminate surgical complications and other health concerns that may be associated with breast implants.

Dr. Benjamin Schlechter is a renowned breast surgeon with years of experience and a low rate of surgical complications. If you are considering implant explant, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Schlechter. Call (847) 737-5036 or fill out our online contact form to request your consultation today.