Asymmetry is a completely natural feature and can affect anyone. It may include breast asymmetry, which occurs in most women, but in some cases the difference may be so significant that it requires surgical correction. It also happens that one of the breasts may not develop to some extent, then we deal with the so-called Poland's syndrome.
Consultation with a surgeon who will determine the degree of asymmetry and select an appropriate symmetry technique is necessary for correct assessment. This may be symmetrisation by performing lipofilling - or fat grafting - to one of the breasts, a lift or reduction of one or both breasts, or correction with breast implants.
Why is it worth it?
If breast asymmetry is a problem that results in impaired self-esteem and lowered quality of life, breast symmetrisation is worth considering.
What do you need to know?
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About 2 weeks before the surgery, an anaesthesiological consultation admitting to the surgery takes place. The Patient should attend this consultation with the results of all the tests; from the surgical point of view, the ultrasound or breast mammography are very important. On the day of surgery, the Patient arrives with an empty stomach, about 1 hour before the operation, and signs the relevant documents. Before the patient enters the operating room, there is an anaesthesiological examination and a meeting with the surgeon who makes the necessary drawing on the breasts for the procedure. The symmetrisation procedure takes place under general anaesthesia and lasts about 2-3 hours - depending on the surgical technique selected. The surgical technique of breast symmetrisation depends on the surgery indications. In some cases, it is enough to transplant fat, or place implants of different volumes (at Ambroziak Clinic, it is possible to precisely select implants using the VECTRA 3D system, which allows prior visualisation of the postoperative effect). The symmetrisation procedure may sometimes involve transposition of the nipple-areola complex alone, or reduction of both breasts with different initial sizes. After the operation, the Patient has an appropriate dressing and, in some indications, drains are left to be removed after 1-2 days. The Patient stays at the Clinic overnight and leaves it with further indications concerning the first follow-up check.
Depending on the symmetrisation method and related surgical procedure, recommendations may differ - as in the case of different breast surgeries. Detailed recommendations are always provided by the doctor after the surgery.
Blood clotting disorders, vascular diatheses, uncontrolled comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, smoking, obesity, pregnancy, unrealistic expectations of the patient.
The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. Pain in the operated area is a consequence of practically every surgical operation. It usually subsides with the use of basic analgesics, but rest is a key element of postoperative convalescence to improve wound healing and recovery.
Slight asymmetry is a natural feature and, therefore, the breasts should not be expected to mirror each other but, in terms of volume and shape, the breasts should be significantly similar.
With the passage of time, the breasts will continue to gradually fall under the influence of gravity, which may cause asymmetry. How long it will last also depends on the patient's skin quality, age, possible pregnancy.
Subject to an appropriate surgical technique and observation of the surgeon's recommendations, a natural effect may be expected.
Infection, impaired wound healing, scar overgrowth, as well as complications connected with the breast implants themselves. However, if the patient follows the preoperative and postoperative instructions, the operation is safe.
The final surgery result may be evaluated 3 months after the procedure.
Despite the breast surgery, with the passage of time, the breasts may continue to gradually fall. It may then be necessary to perform a reoperation. It is not possible to give a definite estimate of how long the operation results last, as this depends on many individual, variable factors directly related to the patient.
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