All women have slightly different breasts in terms of size and shape but this is usually not a difference which is readily apparent do anybody else. A few women do have much more obvious differences between breasts.
What causes breast asymmetry?
This can be caused by differences in the amount of breast tissue, differences in the shape of the underlying ribcage or by a combination of both. Occasionally it is related to a congenital condition called 'Poland Syndrome' which also affects the arm and shoulder.
How is breast asymmetry treated?
Careful assessment of the breast and the chest wall is the first step. Symmetry is usually achieved either by enlarging the smaller breast or by reducing or lifting the larger one (seebreast implant, breast reduction, breast uplift). Depending upon the degree of asymmetry, it may not be possible to achieve an exact match, especially if there is significant abnormality of the ribcage. More than one operation may be necessary to achieve a desirable result.
The appearance of the nipple(s) can usually be corrected with local anaesthetic surgery - large nipples can be reduced and inverted nipples can be made more prominent. New nipples can also be made in the context of a reconstructed breast.
Some patients are troubled by the size or shape of the nipple pad (areola) and this can be reduced.
Nipple surgery is typically done as awake surgery (local anaesthetic). On other occasions the nipple may be corrected as part of another procedure (e.g. breast enlargement).