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Breast Asymmetry and Developmental Issues

Breast asymmetry refers to the difference in between breasts in form, position or volume. It is very rare for women to have perfectly symmetrical breasts, and is usually acceptable if minor, but major size or shape differences between the two breasts is more problematic.

Breast Developmental problems arise when breasts fail to develop fully during puberty. Correcting breast asymmetry and developmental problems improves the overall appearance of your breasts, increasing self esteem and confidence.

The most common breast asymmetries/developmental problems are:

Constricted/Tuberous Breasts

breast asymmetryA congenital condition where the breast fails to fully develop during puberty. This results in breasts developing into unusual shapes and differently from each other. In this condition, the breasts are often very different from each other, and develop in an abnormal shape; it is often narrow on the chest with a long, thin, tube-like shape.

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This arises where one breast is noticeably larger than the other, breasts are different shapes, nipples are misaligned, inconsistent breast tissue throughout the breast, or areola are not in proportion with the rest of the breast. The range of deformity can vary from very mild to severe

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Other reasons for asymmetry can include where surgical procedures, such as those for Breast Cancer, has affected one breast more than the other, or an imbalance has occurred as a result of prior cosmetic surgery, such as a result of capsular contracture.

It is important, as with any cosmetic plastic surgery, to have healthy and realistic expectation. Breast asymmetries can be corrected to achieve a less noticeable difference and requires specialist plastic surgeon skills. There is no one-size fits all approach, and each treatment plan requires a custom approach. Methods used to correct breast asymmetry and developmental problems include Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation or a combination of these and may be on a single breast or both.


How can this procedure help me?

Using various techniques, breast asymmetry can be reduced and made less noticeable. Benefits include:

  • Increased self esteem
  • Improved quality of life
  • Increased confidence in appearance, intimacy and general social situations
  • Reduced asymmetry between breasts, creating a more even appearance
  • Better fitting clothing

When should I consider getting my breast asymmetry corrected?

Breast asymmetry should be considered only once breast development is complete.

The Consultation Process: What to Expect

A consultation with Dr. Merten is the first step when you are considering surgery and will take approximately 45 minutes. You should frankly discuss your goals and expectations about looking and feeling better after surgery. You should always keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.

During the consultation, Dr. Merten will ask you a variety of questions covering everything from your current health situation to details about the physical outcomes you desire. Be prepared to talk about current medications, allergies and any past or current medical treatments.

Dr. Merten will customise your treatment plan to meet your unique needs. Correcting breast asymmetry requires more complex treatment planning, and a variety of techniques can be employed including breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reduction or a combination of them.

Dr. Merten will closely go over all your options and his recommendations in great detail and work with you to achieve your goals. It is important to have healthy and realistic expectations.

He will also discuss the recovery process and any potential complications that could arise. At any time, you are encouraged to ask any questions that you may have.

A second consultation is then performed closer to the date of your surgery to ensure that you are satisfied with the choices that have been made.

Will I need to be hospitalised for the procedure?

Depending on your treatment plan, you may be required to have an overnight stay in hospital. All surgeries are performed in fully accredited facilities ensuring your safety.

What is recovery like?

Naturally you may feel “woozy” as the anaesthetic wears off. You may feel some soreness, swelling or discomfort, but this is quite natural. You may also feel tired after surgery, but this and the soreness is normal and will last only a short while.

Stitches used may be dissolving and these will not have to be removed. In the event that sutures need removal, this is done between one and three weeks after surgery. Some may require a tube used to help drain blood and bodily fluid for the first few days.

Results: What and When?

The goal of your surgery is to augment your breasts to reduce the asymmetry between your breasts.

Any breast surgery, you will get a good indication of the results after 6 weeks, with swelling fully subsiding after 3 months.

When can I resume day-to-day activities?

When to return to day-to-day activities must be a approached on a case by case basis. Strenuous activity should be avoided for 4 weeks. You can then gradually increase your activity and should be back to normal in 6 weeks.

What complications can arise from the procedure?

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. These include:

  • Infection
  • Bruising, bleeding, heamotoma formation
  • Scarring
  • Anaesthetic problems
  • Allergy
  • Deep Vein thrombosis
  • Pain

Risks and complications specific to correcting Breast Asymmetry vary depending on what procedures are being utilised.

Will this procedure leave scars?

Although scars are the inevitable result of any surgery, we make every effort to keep them as inconspicuous as possible. The scars fade over time and are located in such a way as to become less noticeable as they fade .

What else should I consider before having this surgery?

Correcting breast asymmetry is complex. It requires realistic expectations of the results that can be achieved. To understand what is reasonable to expect from the surgery, it is a good idea to look at before and after photos. This will give you a good perspective of what results other patients have achieved through Dr. Merten’s work.

Emotional stability is the primary factor to be considered before any aesthetic surgery is performed. It is mostly your mental attitude that determines a successful outcome. Correcting breast assymetery can improve your appearance and renew your self-confidence however the rest is entirely up to you.

Before deciding to have this procedure, you may want to consider your planning for the healing period. Will you need help or assistance from others? Also if you do encounter complications, it is a good idea to understand how they are typically handled so that you are fully prepared.

Any more questions?

Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions that you might have about this procedure. Our team will be happy to address any concerns that you may have.


Given the multitude of options that can be used to correct asymmetry, it is difficult to provide a price estimate. Consider that there will be a surgical, anesthetist and assistant fee as well as hospital fee if the procedure is not covered by private health insurance. Further, you may be able to claim some of the costs back from Medicare and your private health insurance.

For an accurate price, please contact us for your consultation today.