Some say that nature loves asymmetry in everything. Most subjects that are paired usually are not identically the same. However, sometimes asymmetry can be noticeable too much, which could lead a person to certain psychological problems. Breast asymmetry is one of such examples.
Breast asymmetry is a difference in breast size or shape, or both of the mentioned. Most commonly the left breast is different from the right in size and shape. In some cases this is unnoticeable and needs no surgical correction. Sometimes, surgical intervention is needed to equalize the breasts.
If your breasts are asymmetrical in shape or size, you should feel your breasts looking for any growths that could enlarge the breast. If you find any lumps or formations, you should consult a doctor. Also, bear in mind that scientists proved the link between breast asymmetry and breast cancer.
Breast asymmetry usually occurs due to genetic changes or certain coincidence due to which these organs start to grow differently. The growth of the breasts is controlled by estrogen hormone in young females. Breasts start to grow about 2 years after the appearance of the first menstrual bleeding, period. The duration of breast growth usually lasts from two to four years. During that time it is normal that breasts may differ from one another in size or shape. During the growth period breasts often become of the same or very similar size or shape. If that does not happen, it is not likely that the size and shape of the breasts will change until pregnancy or the beginning of menopause.
Surgeons consider breast asymmetry , that needs to be corrected surgically, when breasts differ from each other in a bra cup size in volume. If breasts differ from each other in less than one bra cup size, it is not thought to be in need for surgery. But if a woman does not feel comfortable about it or experience some psychological problems due to it, most cosmetic surgeons would agree on correcting such breasts.
If you want to determine the size of your breasts, the easiest way to do it is to measure them the way cosmetic surgeons do. Take a rooler tape and start from the outside of the chest (at the point where the breast begins) and continue through the nipple down to the other side of the same breast.
The size in inches or centimeters will show the size of a bra cup. Those are:
- 7 inches (17.8 cm) – cup size is A
- 7.5 inches (19.0 cm) – cup size is full A
- 8 inches (20.3 cm) – cup size is B
- 8.5 inches (21.6 cm) – cup size is full B
- 9 inches (22.9 cm) – cup size is C
- 9.5 inches (24.1 cm) – cup size is full C
- 10 inches (25.4 cm) – cup size is D
- 10.5 inches (26.7 cm) – cup size is full D
- 11 inches (30 cm) – cup size is DD
Breast asymmetry correction
Usually surgical breast asymmetry correction is performed to patients, who are 18 or older. However, in some cases exceptions may be done for girls who are 16 or 17. The main rule is to wait at least for three years after beginning of menstruation.
Besides, there is a pathology called virgin hypertrophy. It means that breasts become extremely large during the years of adolescence, and they are bigger than cup D. Often this also leads to breast asymmetry. In such case, plastic surgery can be done even to girls younger than 16, and this assures better outcome results.
Breast asymmetry correction is achieved by breast augmentation of one or both breasts. Also, breast reduction can be performed on both or one breast. Sometimes a surgeon chooses to perform breast augmentation on one breast and breast reduction on another to achieve perfect symmetry. In case of virgin hypertrophy, modified liposuction of breasts may be performed at a younger age, which could lead to better healing and almost unnoticeable scarring.
Surgical breast asymmetry correction is successful in most cases, and women are satisfied with the results. Results of cosmetic breast surgery are usually better when there is only difference in size of the breasts. Some women try to find alternative treatments for breast asymmetry. Although, some companies may offer you medicines or certain substances that are supposed to treat breast asymmetry, you should be aware that there is no other scientifically proven method than surgical breast asymmetry treatment.