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Breast Asymmetry

What Is Breast Asymmetry?

Breast asymmetry is medically defined as a difference in size between one breast and the other. The size difference can vary from slight to more substantial.

In one study published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as many as 88 percent of women who request breast augmentation initially report breast asymmetry as a reason.

However, many women assume at first that breast asymmetry is a rare condition and that they are alone in their private concerns about desiring symmetrical breast size. It is often only after seeking a consultation with Dr. Parakh that these patients learn this is a common condition and it is very fixable.


What Causes Breast Asymmetry?

To date, physicians have not isolated one single underlying factor that causes breast asymmetry. Rather, this difference in size between one breast and the other can arise for multiple reasons. Often, the asymmetry begins during puberty. In some women, the asymmetry eventually evens out, while in others it does not.

Researchers point to hormonal changes, puberty chest trauma, genetics and the occasion rare incidence of fibroids in the breast tissue as more common triggers for breast asymmetry.


How Is Breast Asymmetry Corrected?

The procedure to correct breast asymmetry is a highly individualized one. No two women are exactly alike in terms of the degree and nature of breast asymmetry.

Sometimes the asymmetry can be corrected with a breast lift with either a breast augmentation or breast reduction to one breast. At other times, the patient may opt for a breast lift plus a reduction or augmentation to both breasts.


Are You a Good Candidate for a Breast Asymmetry Correction Procedure?

You will likely be deemed a good candidate to have a breast asymmetry correction procedure so long as you are in good health otherwise and the following conditions do not apply to you:

  • You are currently trying to conceive, are pregnant now or are still breastfeeding.
  • You are taking any medication that may interfere/interact with anesthesia.
  • You have been diagnosed with a serious health issue or an auto-immune condition.
  • You have been diagnosed with a skin condition that is known to cause pigmentation changes or keloid scarring to the skin surface.
  • You have just started working towards a major weight reduction goal.

If any of these conditions currently apply, Dr. Parakh may recommend you postpone your breast asymmetry correction procedure until a later date.


What Is a Breast Asymmetry Procedure Consultation Like?

During your breast asymmetry procedure consultation, you will meet one-on-one with Dr. Parakh to share your goals for your procedure. You are welcome to bring in photos to highlight your goals (although this is certainly not required).

Dr. Parakh will do a physical exam and take some “before” photos. She may make some notes on these photos to indicate what you discuss during the consultation. She will also take a thorough individual and family medical history, including details about your current supplements and/or medications as applicable.

You can ask all your questions and also find out how to prepare for your procedure. Before you leave Dr. Parakh’s office, you have the option to schedule the date for your procedure if desired.


Frequently Asked Questions About a Breast Asymmetry Correction Procedure

Here are some of the most commonly asked patient questions to help you prepare for your consultation.

Are there any risks?
As with any invasive procedure (one requiring an incision into the skin) there is always a slight risk of infection or surface scarring. There is a small risk of an allergic reaction to the anesthetic. Other less common risks include poor wound healing, bleeding and uneven results.
Will it hurt?
It is normal to experience some level of discomfort following a breast asymmetry correction procedure. Dr. Parakh and her staff will make sure you have prescriptions for pain medication to manage any temporary discomfort you may experience.
When can I start exercising again?
For maximum healing and the best procedure results, it is recommended that you avoid any strenuous physical exertion, including heavy lifting, for at least four to six weeks following your procedure.
How soon can I return to work?
You may return to work as soon as you feel comfortable to do so.

Request a Breast Asymmetry Procedure Consultation with Dr. Parakh

Dr. Parakh is a talented plastic surgeon who maintains a busy surgical practice in the New Jersey and New York metro area. However, she sets aside time in her schedule each week for new patient consultations.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Parakh, please give us a call at 201-567-1919.


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