Breast augmentation patients may end up with asymmetrical breasts due to various conditions that include:
• False asymmetry
• Rotation of the breast implant
Breast Implants May Take Months to Drop
For a woman to notice that her breasts are asymmetrical after breast augmentation surgery can be very upsetting. Noticeable uneven breasts can diminish the excitement of breast augmentation.
It is important for women to understand that it can take several weeks and even months for implants to settle into their permanent position. Post-surgical swelling may affect one breast more than the other and until the swelling resolves and the implants drop they may appear uneven. This condition is referred to as “false asymmetry.”
Understandably, it is tough for women to be patient for several months before determining if breast revision surgery will be necessary. In some instances, the asymmetry is so minor that many women choose to ignore it.
Many women naturally have uneven breasts, and in the hands of a qualified Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, the breasts can be made symmetrical with the use of different size implants.
Causes for Asymmetry of the Breasts
Another cause for asymmetry would be the development of a hematoma. A hematoma is where there is a collection of blood around the implant pocket. Hematomas usually occur within 24 to 48 hours after surgery. The body may absorb small hematomas, and no treatment is required. If the hematoma is significant, surgical intervention may be necessary. If you notice any unusual swelling, be sure to notify your surgeon.
It is also possible for the breast augmentation patient to develop a seroma, similar to a hematoma but instead of blood, a seroma is clear lymph fluid.
Under some circumstances, the breast implant may rotate. If the implants are round, there is no issue. If the implant is teardrop or anatomical and it should rotate, the asymmetry will be apparent. The muscle of the upper part of the breast will be stretched and makes correction difficult if not addressed in a timely manner.
To avoid asymmetry, Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. recommends patients choose their surgeon carefully. An experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will be able to help a patient determine the right size and shape breast implants that will fit their chest wall.
Women who are experiencing any issues with their breasts are invited to call Dr. Delgado (415) 898-4161 for a consultation.