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Difference in Breast Size: What to do?

March 15th, 2017

breast asymmetry treatmentMy breasts are different, is there anything I can do to correct this problem? Questions about the differences in size and shape are concerns that many patients share. It is certainly normal to have differences or asymmetry between paired body parts. One foot is usually larger than the other, one side of the face is slightly different than the other, and one of your breasts is usually slightly lower or larger than the other. These subtle differences, particularly in your face, are what make all of us unique and interesting.

The difference in breast size or shape can be the result of a number of things. Puberty can be a particularly awkward time for teenagers and it is common for breast tissue to mature asymmetrically. These differences generally resolve with time and if desired, specialized undergarments may be worn in the interim to appear less noticeable. However, when the difference is considerable and persists past puberty, cosmetic surgery may be considered to correct dramatic differences in breast size or shape. I strongly suggest patients schedule a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss their options. Treatment choices may include a procedure such as liposuction, breast augmentation, breast reduction, or liposuction with fat grafting. This is not a “one size fits all” solution. In addition, adolescent males may also develop unwanted breasts (gynecomastia) and liposuction is generally an effective treatment. See more information here.

Lumpectomy may also result in uneven breasts, due to biopsy and/or excision of a tumor. Fat grafting has been an effective way to use a woman’s own fat to plump up and correct a dimple left from the surgery. Although this dimple might be slight, it can often be a reminder of a possible cancer diagnosis and some women chose a cosmetic surgery remedy to erase that reminder to help them move forward. More information here, including a video of a cancer survivor’s triumph appearing with Dr. Bashioum on a prior Twin Cities Live episode. Special thanks to Kristina again for sharing her story, she is an inspiration.

Unfortunately, it is not realistic to make both sides of your body exactly the same in every respect. We all have some degree of asymmetry; it’s actually quite natural. But if you are unhappy with your appearance, my advice to you is to seek a personal consultation from the experts, because life is too short to be miserable.

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Body Image and Self-Confidence: Breasts

November 10th, 2016

Dr. Bashioum w TV crew

Is it true that how you feel about your body image affects your self-confidence? During my practice as a cosmetic surgeon for over 30 years, I have found that many patients report they have a renewed level of self-confidence after their recovery from cosmetic surgery. Perhaps the perception of feeling that a physical change reflected in body image contributes to feeling better about yourself. This change may contribute to a boost in self-confidence. Certainly this has been the case with Lisa. She graciously shared her story and insights with “Twin Cities Live” awhile ago, but this same scenario happens every week with patients in my office following surgery. My staff and I always appreciate hearing stories like Lisa’s. Sometimes a subtle change can even make a difference, particularly for women experiencing physical changes to their body following pregnancy. Often these changes cannot be fixed through diet or exercise, but elective cosmetic surgery can be the answer. Collectively these surgeries have been referred to as Mommy Makeovers. Breast restoration after pregnancy is one particular surgery that is quite effective in restoring a woman’s figure to eliminate breast sagging and/or loss of fullness. Watch Lisa’s story on our Nipntuck YouTube channel in this video.

Thank you again to Lisa for allowing the “Twin Cities Live” cameras to document her story.

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