Can I Have Breast Reduction Surgery to Equalise Breast Size?

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Having asymmetrical breasts can be extremely embarrassing, especially if it is impossible to find a bra that will fit both of your breasts. Breast reduction surgery can be used if you have uneven breasts that are also excessively large.

Deciding Whether to Have a Breast Reduction or an Enlargement

There are two options for surgically treating asymmetrical breasts, you can either have the larger one reduced, or the smaller one enlarged. The choice is greatly down to the size of your breasts.

If you are uncertain as to what treatment would be best for you, you should talk to a surgeon. They will be able to advise you as to whether your breasts would be more in proportion to your body if they were larger or smaller. They would also be able to explain the risks of each surgery and their results. For example, if you have large breasts, enlarging the smaller breast could lead to the health problems associated with large breasts such as back pain and skin disorders.

If your breasts are asymmetrical, it is likely that the larger breast will be more saggy than the smaller breast is. In this case, you may also desire a breast lift to give you equal sized and pert breasts. A surgeon will be able to advise you as to the options available and show you before and after pictures to give you an idea of what each option can achieve.

Can Breasts Be Evened on the NHS?

Because there are no medical problems associated with asymmetrical breasts, it is unlikely that you will get surgery to correct them on the NHS. The only situation where this would be possible would be if both of your breasts are excessively large, and this was causing you health problems.

What Level of Symmetry can be Achieved through Breast Reduction Surgery?

Although breast reduction surgery can make your breasts appear more symmetrical, there are limits to the level of symmetry that can be achieved. No- one's breasts are perfectly even in shape or size. This is because they contain different amounts of glands. Even if using surgery to correct asymmetrical breasts it is not possible to make them perfectly symmetrical. Your larger breast can be reduced in size through breast reduction surgery; however, it will never be a mirror image to your other breast. You will also be left with scarring on one breast and not the other, unless you opt to have both breasts reduced by different amounts.

When to have Breast Asymmetry Corrected

If you have asymmetrical breasts and are considering treatment, whether through breast enlargement, or breast reduction surgery, it is likely that you will want the treatment now. However, there are many reasons for which you might wish to postpone having treatment.

For example if you intend to have children and breast- feed, this can change the shape of your breasts. If this is the case, you may wish to wait until after you have stopped breast- feeding so that the results of the surgery are not reversed.

Your breasts are also likely to change size and shape as you get older, or put on weight. This is because of the hormonal changes in your body. If you are struggling to control your weight, you may wish to wait until it is under control before having breast surgery. If you have breast reduction surgery, or a breast enlargement, and then put on weight, there is a chance that your breast will put on different levels of fat, and that they will become asymmetrical again.

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