Breast Asymmetry

Breast asymmetry occurs when one breast does not develop fully compared with the other. This is not uncommon; in truth, no woman’s breasts are exactly the same on the left and the right. But when we refer to breast asymmetry, we are talking about a woman whose breasts differ in size by a half-cup or more.

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At your free consultation, Dr. Eisenberg will examine and measure you. Oftentimes, women know that their breasts are different sizes, but they don’t know how much of a difference there is – and this is important in determining the surgical approach. You’ll see pictures of actual patients with breast asymmetry who are of a similar height, weight and frame as you. Depending on the extent of the asymmetry and what you hope to accomplish, you might be a candidate for a breast augmentation with breast implants of different sizes, a breast lift, a breast reduction, or some combination of these procedures. For more information about what’s involved in surgery and recovery, click on the above links to these three procedures.

To read Dr. Eisenberg’s Breast Blog, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I just turned 18? Can I get breast implants?
A: You are not too young for saline breast implants, according to guidelines from the FDA and the implant manufacturers, but you are not eligible for silicone gel implants until you are 22. Age isn’t the only deciding factor. You also need to be fully grown before you have cosmetic breast surgery, which means there have been no changes in your height, weight or breast size for two years. Although most women finish growing by age 18, others continue to grow into their early 20s.

Q: Why aren’t my breasts the same size?
A: Breasts are sisters, not twins. The difference might be slight or more obvious. Nipple position, chest diameter, the amount of breast tissue, and the location of the breast on the chest wall all contribute to the appearance of your breasts. When one breast hangs a little lower than the other, it might give the illusion of being bigger. With all these variables, it is no surprise that no one has identical twins.

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