Breast Asymmetry-What Is It, What Causes It And What Is The Treatment?

The majority of women do not have perfectly symmetrical breasts. However, the difference between them are typically subtle and do not have a significant effect on the woman's quality of life. Breast asymmetry is a disorder that results in one of the breasts being noticeably different in shape or significantly smaller or larger than the other. Breast asymmetry can cause significant emotional or self-esteem problems. There are a number of factors that may contribute to unevenly sized breasts and it is often treated with breast augmentation surgery.

How Does Breast Asymmetry Occur?

There are a number of reasons why breast asymmetry may occur. For example, breast augmentation surgery in which the implants were unevenly placed or faulty cosmetic surgeries may lead to asymmetry. Other causes of breast asymmetry may include:

  • Developmental (occurring during puberty)
  • Fluctuations in weight (weight gain and/or weight loss)
  • Pregnancy
  • Breast feeding
  • Gynecomastia (breast asymmetry in males)
  • Medical conditions, such as scoliosis (curvature of the spine) or scleroderma (an autoimmune connective tissue disease) and a condition known as Poland's syndrome.  Poland's Syndrome is a condition that appears in teenage girls that is characterized by a lack of pectoral muscles along with the absence of breast development on one side of their body.

What are the Surgery Options for Breast Asymmetry?

Surgery for breast asymmetry is typically done by a cosmetic surgeon. The treatment may include either enlarging one breast (breast augmentation) or reducing the other (breast reduction surgery) so that the breasts are evenly matched and proportionate.  During breast reduction surgery, the surgeon makes an incision on the lower part of the breast, then removes excess breast tissue and repositions the nipple so that it matches the other breast. When breast augmentation is used to correct breast asymmetry, the surgeon makes an incision (typically on the underside of the breast) in the smaller breast and inserts an appropriately sized implant to correct the appearance of asymmetry.

For women, as well as men, who are affected by asymmetrical breasts, either breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery can result in an improved balance in breast shape and size. There are benefits following the surgery, such as improved self-esteem and confidence as well as your clothing will fit better and feel more comfortable. In many situations, surgery to correct breast asymmetry is a one-day procedure and you will go home the same day as your surgery. You will probably feel sore, swollen and bruised following the surgery and like any other surgery; you will need rest and time to recuperate. Visit a site like for more information.