Take a look at your breasts. If they’re asymmetrical, meaning they’re disproportionate in size, don’t worry-most of us are right there with you. Just like our hands and feet, our breasts tend to come in two slightly different sizes. But if the difference between your left and right breast is significant, studies suggest that surgery might actually make you feel better all around. Here’s why:
“Distress occurs when asymmetries are very obvious,” says New York plastic surgeon David Shafer, MD. “Patients that have nipple or areolar projection, nipple inversion and conditions such as Poland’s syndrome with unilateral underdevelopment or absence of the chest muscles, or other congenital conditions such as tubular or constricted breasts, can significantly affect a person’s quality of life and self-esteem.”
In fact, having breasts that vary in size from each other has been linked to depression among women and Dr. Shafer suggests it’s due to the overemphasis of women’s bodies in the media. After all, the way a woman looks can determine her feelings of self worth, especially when she is nude or in an intimate situation.
But women with asymmetrical breasts do have a solution-either augmentation, tissue rearrangement, a lift or a combination of all three. And while many tend to increase their breast size when going under the knife, other women opt to keep their breasts smaller. “They are seeing that surgical augmentation has the ability to shape and enhance their profiles without going to extremes,” says Huntington, NY, plastic surgeon James Romanelli, MD.
The correlation between maximizing breast symmetry and a boost in a patient’s self-confidence seems evident to Dr. Shafer. “It becomes more evident at follow-up appointments: Patients who before surgery were embarrassed to take off their shirt or even discuss their breasts find themselves so happy and confident that they gladly show them to other patients and speak to them about their experience in the waiting room,” he says.
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