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Breast Asymmetry: What to do about it?

January 13th, 2015

breast asymmetry

Breast asymmetry is a very common concern among women, adolescents and adults alike. No one is born with perfectly symmetric breasts and mild to moderate differences in breast shape, size (1-2 cup size difference) and position in the developing adolescent are to be expected. Moreover, breast asymmetries that persist beyond puberty affect more than half of all women! In fact, one study in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, out of 100 women who wanted breast augmentation with implants found that 88 percent had natural asymmetries. At a time when our body and mind are changing rapidly, when is breast asymmetry a cause for concern? Having uneven breasts may impact a young woman’s body image. Let’s review the pros and cons of surgical intervention with an emphasis on newer techniques such as using liposuctioned fat to correct asymmetry, called fat transfer.

A recent study published in the December issue of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal highlights the psychological impact of breast asymmetry on adolescents. The study suggests that patients with breast asymmetry have poorer emotional well-being and lower self esteem than their female peers. This is not a surprising revelation given that high rates of breast dissatisfaction have been reported within the adolescent female population, especially during early adolescence when there is greater variance among peers. Psychological issues are important in this group of young women, and these issues include social embarrassment, low self-esteem, depression and isolation from classmates. Problems that occur relate to sexual relationships and cultural beliefs. The majority of these patients are young, healthy individuals, and the psychological and social impact of these conditions is significant. Physicians and parents should be aware that seemingly small differences to an examiner’s eye might have a considerable impact on the sometimes fragile psyche of an adolescent.

Surgical options for correction exist. These include improving breast symmetry by combining different techniques using implants, autologous (your own) fat transfer, liposuction, breast reduction and/or myocutaneous flaps. Correction of breast asymmetry often involves multiple surgical procedures. The best policy is early intervention with education, support and counseling. The key steps in successful management are diagnosis, appropriate referral, counseling, optimal timing of surgery and avoiding unnecessary surgery in a developing young adult. In the rare instance that the asymmetry causes such distress that your doctor recommends surgery, please consult with an experienced plastic surgeon about your options for surgery.

Newer techniques such as autologous fat transfer, offer a less invasive way to correct breast asymmetry with more natural appearing results. Fat grafting is natural, flexible and versatile. It allows the plastic surgeon to gradually sculpt and reconstruct the breast to a natural looking shape and feel. Like other reconstructive techniques, fat grafting is a staged procedure with results achieved over time. Fat is harvested from the abdomen, flanks and thighs and then is injected into the breasts through small incisions. This is an outpatient procedure, with each stage carried out every 3 to 6 months. The number of stages required for completion varies on an individual basis. The results are long lasting and the patient also receives the added benefit of liposuction at the donor sites.

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Vegas Kendra: “Never Say Never to Cosmetic Surgery”

November 8th, 2012

My name is Kendra.   I am a 38 year old woman who has always admired those women with voluptuous, nice breasts and finally I made a huge step in my life.   Being pretty conservative, I would never have thought in a million years that I would be considering cosmetic plastic surgery.   But I guess as that ancient proverb goes, “never say never,” is not such bad advice after all.

The first time I looked at them after surgery, I can’t even describe how ecstatic I was!   I had a figure that I’ve always dreamed of, always wanted.   I had to pinch myself.   I am more than happy with the results!   It has been almost 4 months since my surgery and things are going great.   I’ve been back to working out and doing Yoga.   I’m very happy that I made the decision to have surgery.

I heard about Dr. Bashioum from a friend of a friend and she had nothing but good things to say about Dr. Bashioum and his staff, very caring people.   She also had very good results from her own surgery about 1 year ago.   So when I saw her results, I scheduled my consultation appointment to meet with Dr. Bashioum and I’m so glad that she referred me to him.   Now I can also recommend him to friends, because he is amazing at what he does.   He and his staff really care for their patients, and it definitely shows.

I’m not sure what to expect on stage with KQRS in Las Vegas this month, but I’ve listened to the broadcasts from previous years, it seems very exciting.   I think this year’s theme is cool!!   I had fun last year.

 

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