Are your breasts different sizes?
Asymmetry is really common; in fact, it affects over half the women we see and is often the trigger in choosing breast surgery. Asymmetry can affect the form, volume or position of the breast. Though we all have natural variances in our breasts meaning they aren’t identical, it’s when the difference is greater than a cup size that it can become something to change.
At Fitzroy Surgery, we have asymmetry specialist surgeons who have an incredible amount of experience in varying degrees of asymmetry. This means they are highly skilled and able to balance the size difference through years of practice. Every case is individually assessed to determine the best results for you and there are a few options to choose from. You may need two different sized implants, or maybe only one breast needs an implant and we can also reduce or uplift the larger breast. It really depends on your body and your specialist surgeon will help determine the right way for you. The key is to be realistic about your expectations and the final result, but be reassured that Fitzroy Surgery surgeons are amongst the most experienced in the world.
After your procedure you can expect to take between 7 to 14 days off work depending on the surgery performed and do no physical activities for 6 to 8 weeks. You’ll also need to wear a post-op bra, which your surgeon will take you through during your consultation.
HOW IT'S DONE
Before – uneven breasts that can vary by shape or cup size
After – breasts are now symmetrical
Typically all surgery creates bruising and swelling, which usually lasts for 7 to 21 days. It can even take up to 6 months for your new shape to completely settle, so don’t be surprised if this is the case.
A little discomfort
Most of our patients feel a tad uncomfortable afterwards, but depending on which procedure you choose, any discomfort shouldn’t last more than 2 weeks. Don’t worry though, we’ll prescribe and administer pain relief as and when you need it.
A change in sensation
As with most surgery you may notice a difference in sensitivity. It should settle in a few weeks, but it can last longer and has been known to be permanent. Disturbing superficial nerves during surgery is usually the cause and you might feel anything from a tingling sensation to a sharp pain.
Housework and picking up children
The up-side is no housework. As lifting anything heavy, even children isn’t recommended until 4 to 6 weeks afterwards. Strenuous activity, like hoovering may pull stitches and potentially affect your overall result. So please rest.
During the procedure, the nipple and milk ducts might be moved so you may not be able to breastfeed afterwards, however if you only have implant insertion and your nipples are not moved then you should be able to breast feed as breast implants do not normally prevent breast-feeding.
If you’d like more children, it’s a good idea to wait until afterwards before choosing this procedure. Both pregnancy and breastfeeding can drastically change the size and shape of your breasts, which can result in you needing another procedure later on.
Something to think about
A surgeon can’t carry out this procedure if you’re still producing milk and you’ll be asked to return later, once your body’s back to your pre-pregnancy state. So if you’ve just had a baby, or stopped breastfeeding, you should wait 12 weeks before considering breast surgery.