Tuberous Breasts/ Breast Asymmetry
Breast unevenness (asymmetry) is normal, with no-one having perfectly symmetrical. This asymmetry can vary from very mild to quite severe. Significant asymmetry may be due to abnormal development, birth defects, trauma or previous surgery. Tuberous breasts are also quite common and refers to a condition in which the breasts have an abnormally narrow base, small breast volume and often with a very large areolar. It can vary from mild to severe. The type and severity of your asymmetry and/or tuberous breasts will dictate which corrective procedure is best suited for you. This can often involve the combined use of implants and breast lift and/or reduction procedures.
YOUR CONSULTATION WITH DR DONA
In your first visit, Dr Eddy Dona will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your particular problems to assess and advise you on your options taking into consideration your desires and expectations.
During the consultation, Dr Dona will discuss your reconstructive options and you’ll also get the opportunity to discuss any questions you have in relation to your breast asymmetry procedure.
PREPARATION FOR SURGERY
You will need to disclose your complete medical history to Dr Dona, including all health problems.
You will be given the opportunity to discuss your medical history and concerns in your initial consultation, and are asked to disclose all relevant details in your “Patient Registration Form”.
Do not take any blood thinning medications such as aspirin or any medicine containing aspirin, large amounts of vitamins or anti inflammatory drugs for 2 weeks prior to any surgery.
Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery, as smoking increases surgical and anaesthetic risks and can lead to serious complications.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES?
The type and severity of your asymmetry will dictate which corrective procedure is best suited for you. All reconstructive procedures that can be performed are designed to enhance your shape and create balance….helping to boost your self-image and confidence.
There are far too many variables when discussing surgical techniques. Each individual case of breast asymmetry is unique and the operation required needs to be tailored to the individual. However, the use of breast implants and various breast lift and/or breast reduction techniques are often required. Such information can be found in the relevant pages on our website.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR RECOVERY?
After breast asymmetry surgery, most patients go home the same day. Some opt for an overnight stay.
Some discomfort and pain is normal, and you are likely to need pain relief for the first few days. You’ll also be given post-operative prophylactic antibiotics to assist with recovery.
Smoking should be avoided for at least 2 weeks after surgery.
All surgery results in some swelling and bruising but should start to settle after a couple of weeks.
Scars are red to begin with, but like any scars will fade with time.
We’ll provide you with advice to help you recover quickly and safely, and let you know when you can return to work and normal activity.
You will be given a post-operative surgical bra which you will need to wear for 6 weeks. Following this, you can go out and be fitted for your new bras!
WHEN CAN YOU EXPECT YOUR FINAL RESULTS?
You’ll typically see the full results of your surgery between 3-6 months after surgery.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS?
As with any surgery, there are always possible risks and potential complications. These include wound infection, bleeding, chest infection, poor scarring and blood clots.
The specific potential complications are dictated by the actual surgery required. Potential complications specific to breast implants, breast lifts and breast reduction surgery can be found in the relevant pages on this site.
Breast Size and Shape – No woman has perfectly symmetrical breasts before surgery. However, Dr Dona will make every effort to ensure the breasts are as close to perfect as possible after surgery. The different type of surgery required for each breast often means they “settle” at different rates.
Scarring – Incision lines are permanent, but scars will fade over time. We will advise you on ways to reduce scarring, such as massage, use of silicone strips and scar cream.
Longevity – The results of your breast asymmetry surgery will be long lasting but, over time, the normal process of ageing, gravity, weight gain, weight loss, childbirth, breastfeeding or hormonal factors will continue to affect the size and shape of your breasts, just as they did before surgery. If you wish to maintain your breast shape, at some stage you may choose to have further breast surgery.
WILL PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COVER COSTS?
Corrective surgery for breast asymmetry is often partially covered by Medicare and your private health fund. Dr Eddy Dona will advise whether this applies to you.
WILL ADDITIONAL SURGERY BE REQUIRED?
As the cause and degree of asymmetry is often complex and severe, it is not uncommon to undertake additional surgery. This is designed to “finely tune” the results to make them as close to symmetrical as possible.