Is It Normal to Have Breasts of Different Sizes?
Are your breasts different sizes? You are not alone! Many women have breasts that are not perfectly symmetrical. If you are unhappy with the size or symmetry of your breasts, there are various surgeries that can be performed to improve breast symmetry. Here we’ll go over why breast asymmetry occurs and what options are available to you to improve the appearance of your breasts.
What is Breast Asymmetry?
Asymmetry is when one breast is different in size, fullness, position, or shape from the other breast. Usually, asymmetrical breasts are different in size or fullness. It is not uncommon for one boob to be larger than the other.
What Causes Breast Asymmetry?
Breast asymmetry is usually due to genetics, which may cause one breast to be larger than the other. Asymmetry may also be due to differences in breast development, where one breast develops faster than the other or with slight differences in shape and fullness. Other common causes include changes in hormone levels, weight changes, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause.
How Much Breast Asymmetry is Normal?
Many women have a variance between their breasts of as much as one full cup size. In most cases, this amount of asymmetry is considered normal and does not require any intervention. Such differences are rarely noticeable to passersby, although they may be a source of insecurity for impacted women.
When Should I Worry About Breast Asymmetry?
In terms of your physical health, breast asymmetry is rarely something to worry about. However, if there is a sudden significant change in one breast, or if you notice sudden hardness or a lump in one breast, you should get evaluated by a physician. Developmental asymmetries like this can sometimes indicate cancer and should be taken seriously.
Even though breast asymmetry is usually no cause for concern, many women are bothered by it. If having asymmetrical breasts is something that affects your self-image and quality of life, it is worth exploring options to surgically rebalance your breasts.
How Can I Treat Breast Asymmetry?
There are several procedures that can help improve the appearance of the breasts. These include:
- Breast augmentation – A breast implant may be placed in the smaller breast to make it closer in size to the other breast. If both breasts are smaller than desired, differently sized implants may be used to enhance both breasts so that the end result is a fuller and more symmetrical look.
- Breast reduction – Excess tissue from the larger breast may be removed so that it is closer in shape and size to the smaller breast. If desired, differing amounts of breast tissue may be removed from both breasts to create a smaller and more balanced bustline.
- Breast lift – If one breast is sagging more than the other, a breast lift can be performed to create an overall more symmetrical appearance.
These procedures are highly customizable, and a good plastic surgeon will work with you to find the best solution for your individual needs. With the right treatment plan, it is possible to achieve much more symmetrical breasts and improved body confidence.
Dr. Andres Taleisnik is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing breast surgeries to improve the symmetry, balance, and appearance of the breasts. To book a consultation with Dr. Taleisnik, call (657) 294-8375 or contact us online today.