If you have asymmetrical breasts, you may have concerns that getting breast implants won’t give you the results you hope for. However, the right combination of implants plus other breast enhancement procedures can not only give you a beautiful breast augmentation outcome but also improve symmetry between your breasts.
Planning Your Augmentation
There are a few different options when it comes to correcting asymmetry, depending on your goals:
- If you want larger breasts overall, I can use implants of slightly different sizes to create symmetry.
- If you want your smaller breast to have the same size and placement as your larger breast, a single implant can help me help create more even results.
- If you want your end results to be smaller than your larger breast or you want a higher, perkier profile, I can use one implant in the smaller side, then perform a reduction and lift in the contralateral side.
Making the right decision depends on a variety of factors, including your existing breast size, shape and placement as well as your personal goals for breast augmentation surgery.
The Best Approach
Of course, adopting an approach that’s customized to your individual needs is always the best solution, especially when it comes to correcting breast asymmetry. At my practice, I incorporate the use of Vectra 3D imaging for so that my patients can get a better idea of how they’ll look depending on the combination of procedures they choose. This helps take a lot of the guesswork out of figuring out which option will look best on you.
Most of us associate breast reconstruction with a mastectomy, or full removal of the affected breast as part of cancer treatment. However, advances in cancer treatment allow for oncologists to perform lumpectomies in more cases. If you’ve only undergone a lumpectomy, is reconstruction surgery really necessary?
A New Emphasis in Breast Cancer Treatment
The old philosophy regarding breast cancer was that the safest approach was for surgeons to excise a significant amount of existing breast tissue to ensure that all cancerous cells were removed. Doctors hoped that this aggressive strategy would help prevent the potential for recurrence, especially when combined with additional treatments like chemotherapy or radiation.
These days, many oncologists and reconstructive surgeons are focused on preserving natural breast tissue after a breast cancer diagnosis instead. This is due in part to improvements in technology that allow for earlier detection and treatment of breast cancer in general, but also reflects the more modern approach most oncologists take in using nonsurgical treatments, like radiation or chemo, to shrink malignant growths enough that a lumpectomy can be performed rather than a mastectomy.
Reconstruction after Lumpectomy
Women who have a lumpectomy can still benefit from reconstructive surgery. Even though it’s less invasive than a mastectomy, a lumpectomy still requires tissue removal and can leave behind noticeable contour irregularities. Reconstruction may be as simple as reshaping your breast tissue to correct contours, or may include fat transfer augmentation or even a small implant to restore lost volume. My specialty is in performing oncoplastic reconstruction, in which I team up with the cancer surgeon to perform immediate reconstruction, with the goal of saving as much natural breast tissue as possible.
Many of my patients think that looking younger is an either-or proposition: either you can benefit from nonsurgical procedures, or you need a facelift. I actually endorse a more comprehensive and inclusive approach whenever it makes sense. Not only can many nonsurgical treatments delay the need for a facelift, but there are some that may even help improve your facelift results.
A Proactive Approach
Facelifts are most commonly performed for patients who are 55 or older to correct some of the more advanced signs of aging through the lower face and jaw area, like prominent jowls, “turkey neck” or loose skin. As anyone over the age of 30 knows, the aging process doesn’t wait on hold until your retirement years.
The growing trend in cosmetic surgery is to try nonsurgical treatments before a facelift to target specific problem areas. For example, BOTOX® can help with crow’s feet. When used at the earliest signs of aging, these procedures and other skin rejuvenation treatments can even offer some preventative benefits.
Enhancing Your Facelift
There aren’t any rules that say you can’t use BOTOX® or fillers after your facelift, and doing so can help ensure that you’ll retain your youthful new look a little bit longer.
The best results for a facelift depend on finding a surgeon who embraces a conservative philosophy toward rejuvenation procedures, and can offer you guidance on the approach that will work best for your unique needs.
While the most obvious benefit of getting breast implants is a generous increase in cup size, many of my patients are surprised to learn that there may be a few added benefits as well. Here’s a look at some of the positive changes my patients often see after breast augmentation.
1. Better Symmetry
Although a certain degree of asymmetry between the breasts is perfectly normal, some of my patients feel discouraged if they’re faced with a difference of a cup size or more. By using implants of different sizes, I can help ensure that your breasts are much more symmetrical after surgery for a look you can feel great about.
2. Improved Shape
Primarily, breast implants are used to increase volume, but there may be other reasons to consider implants as well. For example, in women with tubular breasts, I can use implants in combination with tissue release to create a rounder profile in addition to a shapelier silhouette for breast augmentation results that look very natural.
3. Psychological Perks
Many of my patients say that they feel more confident after undergoing breast augmentation. This sentiment is backed up by a survey from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in which 92 percent of women reported improved self-esteem following breast augmentation.
4. A Boost in the Bedroom
A poll taken on the plastic surgery review site RealSelf reports that women say their sex lives improved after getting breast implants. Given the psychological benefits of breast augmentation, it’s not hard to see how feeling better about your body could easily translate into feeling more positive about your love life.