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Breast Asymmetry: How Common is it and What Can Be Done?

Size discrepancy between the breasts is actually quite common. Most women exhibit at least some minor asymmetry, while others have as much as a cup size difference or more. In severe cases, a woman may experience difficulty finding the right bra and may be very embarrassed by her condition.

A new study in the European Journal of Plastic Surgery explains the details of over 300 breast augmentation patients and the prevalence of breast and chest asymmetry among that group.

The author, Umar Daraz Khan, found that breasts were symmetrical in only 53.5% of the cases, and the left breast was more often larger than the right breast.  Because the asymmetry often stems from a chest wall deformity, the author measured for that as well, finding “thoracic deformities or asymmetries” in over 8% of the patients. Of the 312 breast augmentation patients treated, the doctor used different sized breast implants in 9% of them.

American aesthetic surgeons have also offered public commentary on this relatively common occurrence. NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Tracy Pfeifer writes about correcting breast asymmetry on her website saying, “[Breast asymmetry] is a congenital anomaly and the patient should understand that it is easily corrected. The degree of asymmetry does not matter; if it causes the patient psychological distress, she should consider correction.”

Dr. Pfeifer also mentions that many women don’t know their condition is caused by a rib abnormality. “This has to pointed out to the patient and the solution is to use a slightly larger implant on the unaffected side,” she says.

Contact Tulsa Surgical Arts for information on surgical correction of breast asymmetry in Oklahoma.
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