Tuberous Breasts / Breast Asymmetry Sydney

Breast unevenness (asymmetry) is normal and 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 (Mastopexy) and/or reduction procedures. In complex cases you may require more than one operation.

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Dr Eddy Dona has been a specialist plastic surgeon since 2007, and is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. From your first clinic visit, and throughout your surgical journey, Dr Dona and his team will be there to make it as smooth as possible.
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Your Tuberous Breast consultation with Dr Dona in Sydney

In your first visit, Dr Eddy Dona will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your particular concerns to assess and advise you on your options taking into consideration your goals 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 procedure.

Tuberous Breast Surgery Preparation

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 two weeks prior to any surgery.

Do not smoke for at least two weeks prior to surgery, as smoking increases surgical and anaesthetic risks and can lead to serious complications.


What are the Tuberous Breast Surgery techniques?

The type and severity of your asymmetry will dictate which corrective procedure is best suited for you.

There are far too many variables when discussing surgical techniques. Each individual case of tuberous breasts and 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 (Mastopexy) and/or Breast Reduction techniques are often required. Such information can be found in the relevant pages on our website.


What happens during Breast Asymmetry Surgery 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!

Will additional surgery be required?

As the cause and degree of tuberous breasts and asymmetry is often complex and severe, it is not uncommon to require more than one surgery. This is designed to “fine tune” and the optimise the results. Indeed, in some cases the original surgical plan will be to have the entire process staged over two or more surgical procedures. Ultimately you need to take the surgical pathway that is going to provide the greatest chance of success with the least potential complications.

When can you expect the final results from Tuberous Breast Surgery?

You’ll typically see the full results of your surgery between three – six months after surgery.

Potential Complications

What are the possible complications?

More information on general potential complications can be found on our site. LEARN MORE 

Whenever someone is having an anaesthetic, no matter what it’s for, then things can potentially go wrong. That is why no surgery should be considered “minor”. Of course, whilst the chances of the following potential problems occurring are extremely small, you still need to know about then:

  • Anaesthetic issues – which can affect heart, lungs or cause strokes
  • Allergic reactions – This can be very mild to life threatening.
  • Clots
    • Superficial vein clots, which is a complication of the cannula or drip that’s placed in your vein
    • Deep vein clots – these can potentially spread to the lung and be life threatening. We do several things during surgery and after surgery whilst you’re in hospital to minimise the risk of you developing these.
  • Wound problems – such as infection and breakdown
  • Bleeding – early or late
  • Death – whilst the chances of this is exceeding rare, any of the previous issues can result in this devastating complication.

All these potential problems are standard for any operation, although some operations and some patients have an increased risk of developing them.

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 symmetrical as possible after surgery. The different type of surgery required for each breast often means they “settle” at different rates.

Scarring – All surgery involves scars. We will advise you on ways to optimise the quality of your scar, such as LED therapy, massage, use of silicone strips and scar creams.

Longevity – Your Breast Asymmetry Surgery does not stop the ageing process. So, after your breasts have settled and we review your final surgical results, your breasts will continue to age and therefore change – 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 & Medicare cover Tuberous Breast Surgery costs?

Corrective surgery for breast asymmetry & tuberous breasts is often partially covered by Medicare and your Private Health Fund. During your initial consultation in Sydney, Dr Eddy Dona will advise whether this applies to you.

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