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Women’s Health: Understanding Breast Asymmetry Disorder

  By posted Dec 13th 2011
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Women’s Health: Understanding Breast Asymmetry Disorder

Breast Asymmetry Disorder is a condition when the woman’s right and left breasts are different in terms of size, position or volume. According to a study by Mayo Clinic, nearly 7 out of 10 women feel their left and right breasts are not similar in appearance. However, women usually do not take any corrective measures since the difference is very small and often, not too obvious. In certain cases though, when the condition is more noticeable, resulting in a difference of over one cup size, women often seek surgical options to rectify the difference.   

With expert inputs from Hyderabad’s leading cosmetic surgeon Dr Priti Shukla from Dr Priti Shukla’s Cosmetic Surgery.

Causes of breast asymmetry

There are several factors that can contribute to breast asymmetry; these include genetics, random growth patterns, hormonal changes or traumatic injuries to the breast area in the developmental stage. Poland's syndrome is another condition that appears in teenage girls and leads to asymmetry. It is characterized by a lack of pectoral muscles (chest muscles) and the absence of breast development on one side of the body. The nipple or areola also might be absent in some cases. 

The production of the hormone estrogen during puberty stimulates the growth of the breast tissue in girls. Typically, this begins approximately two years after the first menstrual period and continues for another two to four years. This is usually when most girls begin to notice a difference. After the age of 21, in most cases, breasts are done growing. If a difference continues to exist, it will most likely remain. 

Types of breast asymmetries

There are various types of breast asymmetry disorders, however differences in the volume of the left and right breast is the most common disorder. 

  • One breast is noticeably larger than the other.
  • One or both breasts are different shapes.
  • One or both breasts may have nipples that are at different heights.
  • One or both breasts may not have much breast tissue up top and there is a need for more upper breast fullness.
  • One or both breasts may have large or misshapen nipple areolas that are not in proportion to the rest of the breast.

How can breast asymmetry be treated?

When breast asymmetry is very noticeable, the most effective way to correct the difference in the left and right breast is through surgery. Noticeably different breast sizes can be rectified by using a single breast implant that can make the breasts similar in size. When the bigger breast is more suitable in size the smaller breast is increased through breast augmentation surgery using implants. In the case of the smaller breast being more suitable in volume, the bigger one can be reduced through breast reduction surgery.

Women suffering from breast asymmetry are advised to visit an experienced cosmetic surgeon to determine a suitable surgical option that provides a lasting solution to their needs.

*Image courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images



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