Types of Breast Asymmetry and Breast Asymmetry Corrections


Breast asymmetry is a very common condition where one breast is larger than the other. There are multiple options to correct this. Implants can be used to augment one breast, making it look similar to the other one. Alternately, reduction surgery can be performed to reduce the larger of the two breasts. Correcting breast asymmetry not only helps improve a woman’s appearance, but can also provide that extra confidence and boost of self-esteem. Many women who undergo breast asymmetry correction often report feeling more comfortable with their bodies, and are able to wear certain types of clothes they never could before.

Breast asymmetries can be due to on of the following:

  • One breast is noticeably larger than the other.
  • One or both breasts differ in shapes.
  • One or both breasts have nipples at different heights, with one side higher or lower than the other.
  • On one or both breasts the nipple is at or below the level of the breast fold. Sometimes most of the breast tissue is sagging low on the breast or at the bottom of the breast.
  • One or both breasts do not have much breast tissue at the top and needs to make the upper breast fuller.
  • One or both breasts have large or misshapen nipple-areola complexes that are not in proportion to the rest of the breast.

These problems may be treated by a breast augmentation, a breast reduction, a breast uplift, or a combination of procedures.

In a breast augmentation, Dr. Davidson may make incision under the armpit, in the crease under the breast, or around the areola. The breast tissue is then lifted to create a pocket above or below the pectoralis major muscle. An implant that may be filled with either saline or silicone is then placed inside the pocket.
A breast reduction, on the other hand, requires an incision to be made in the shape of an anchor on the breast. The excess tissue and skin is removed and incision id closed to create a breast contour similar to the other breast. For less droop or ptosis, removing just a doughnut shape skin around the nipple can be adequate.

The duration of the procedure depends on what is involved.  These procedures are mostly done on an outpatient basis and the patient may return home within few hours. However, some cases may require the patient to stay at the hospital overnight.

Dr. Davidson will review all of your options with you during your consultation. He will recommend a plan for correcting your breast asymmetry based on your individual body type, as well as your goals and expectations.