How to Correct Uneven Breasts with Breast Asymmetry Surgery

Breast Asymmetry Surgery to Correct Uneven Breasts when one breast is bigger than the other

Each woman has a few visible differences between left and right breasts or areola regions. Surgeons say that your Breasts are “sisters not twins” and are not symmetric. It is entirely expected, as a matter of fact, for one breast to be a different size than the other breast. It is also possible for the breasts to have different shapes. Or then again the breast on one side of your body falls lower on the chest wall than the other. At the same time, the nipple areola complex (NAC) can vary in shape, area or size from one breast to the other. While uneven breasts are not usually a health issue, when the left breast is considerably bigger than the right one, it can cause a certain level of discomfort.

If you have breasts of different volumes (or different breast and areola shapes, sizes or positions), you should know that the condition is known as asymmetric breasts and there is breast surgery that can help you get breasts that are more similar to each other.

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Characteristics of Asymmetric or Uneven Breasts

Asymmetric Breasts is condition is characterised by breasts and areolas that are recognisably divergent in size, shape, variety, area or volume. This term just means you have two visibly different breasts – frequently the differences are in breast size (volume), shape, areola appearance and areola position.

Asymmetric breast surgery is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that can make your breasts look more even. Nonetheless, it is important to understand that even after getting surgery to correct the unevenness, your breasts are still not going to be identical – just more similar.

What Surgery Can Correct Uneven Breasts ?

Generally speaking, in most women, the left breast is bigger than the right breast, however this can change from one woman to another. When the difference is less than 20% of the volume, it can be barely visible and not bothersome. However, when the difference between the breasts is considerable, it can even affect body posture and balance, and this is the reason why some women have surgery.

The physical discomfort can also be accentuated by other issues such as the inability to find a bra that fits well, the difference in size showing through the clothes and other lifestyle issues.

Breast asymmetry surgery is not a medical necessity; however, the results of the surgery can considerably improve your life. The customised surgical procedure to correct uneven breasts is different from one patient to the other. Depending on the condition of the breasts, their volume, shape and the aesthetic desires of the patient, breast lift, breast reduction, fat grafting to the breasts or breast augmentation techniques can be used.

You have a range of surgical options to achieve similar breasts – one bigger ( byimplant or fat transfer), one smaller (by Breast Reduction), both bigger or both smaller.

Breast Asymmetry Surgery to Correct One Breast Larger than the Other

Breast asymmetry surgery can help if you have one breast noticeably larger than the other or if your breasts have different positions on the chest wall. A certain breast unevenness is natural, but if the differences between the two breasts are visible even when you are dressed, the chances are that you need surgery.

The breast correction surgery is a major intervention, performed under a general anaesthesia. The surgery can take one or more hours to be completed. The patient is required to stay in the hospital for a day or two. The recovery period after breast asymmetry surgery can take up to two weeks or more, depending on the complexity of each case.

Breast Asymmetry Surgery Requires a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with Breast Surgery experience

For many women in New Zealand, having breast surgery is a life-changing experience. There are many qualified surgeons, but it is always best to find one who is experienced in breast procedures. To get the best possible results after your breast asymmetry surgery, you should find a reputable specialist plastic surgeon who can give good advice on the right approach for your particular case. Before considering breast surgery, it is wise to find a surgeon who is also up to date with less invasive techniques for correcting the breasts, so you can investigate all the options before deciding on permanent surgical solutions.

It is best to avoid choosing a cheaper overseas option that lacks the ongoing support that a New Zealand surgeon provides. Always look for an experienced surgeon that you feel comfortable with and get a second opinion.

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Medical References about Asymmetric or Uneven Breasts

About Dr Mark Gittos FRACS (Plast) – New Zealand Plastic Surgeon 

Practice locations in Herne Bay Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty – Kerikeri, Whangarei, New Plymouth & Tauranga

Dr Mark Gittos is a leading Specialist Plastic Surgeon and operates a practice in Herne Bay, Auckland and in the UK. The practice focuses on both surgical and non-surgical procedures, each designed to help restore, improve or change a physical characteristic or problem. The first step in every case is to talk through your personal requirements and explore all the options, before deciding on the most effective solution.

Dr Mark Gittos offers high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results and is highly experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4000 Surgeries in the last 26 years.  With worldwide expertise Dr Gittos is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men & women. 

Naturally, before any treatment is begun, we will explain clearly the advantages and risk factors; so that you have the information you need to make an informed decision that is best for you. Visit the practice to find out more.


Please NOTE: Dr Gittos only performs surgery on non-smoker patients with a BMI less than 30. To check your BMI please visit the NZ Heart Foundation website. For help giving up smoking before surgery visit the Smoke Free website

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  • Dress in simple clothes as you may need to undress for examination
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