What are Symmetry Procedures?
Symmetry procedures are performed following mastectomy, lumpectomy, or breast reconstruction that has resulted in asymmetry between the breasts. In many cases, women have a single mastectomy, which results in one breast that looks different from the other. Symmetry procedures are performed to adjust the breasts to match in size and appearance for an improved sense of wellbeing.
Who is a Good Candidate for Symmetry Procedures?
Individuals who have undergone a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or breast reconstruction and are unhappy with the asymmetry of their breasts can benefit from symmetry procedures. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment at Tucson Plastic Surgery, during which you can discuss your procedure options with one of our plastic surgeons.
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Symmetry Procedure Steps
There are a number of breast symmetry procedures available, including:
A breast reduction can be performed on the cancer-free breast to help it to best match the appearance of the reconstructed breast. During a breast reduction, excess breast tissue, skin, and fat are removed, and the breast is reshaped. Incision placement may vary depending on the amount of reduction desired.
Breast augmentation can be achieved using your own natural tissue or with breast implants. Each individual symmetry procedure is unique, and you can talk with your plastic surgeon to create the best plan for you. If you choose to have natural tissue reconstruction and desire larger breasts, you can discuss the transplant procedures that will offer you the most tissue, such as the DIEP flap procedure. If you are interested in breast implants for augmentation, you can choose from silicone or saline implants. Saline implants are filled with saltwater and feel firmer than natural breasts, while silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel, and often feel more like natural breast tissue.
When only one breast is reconstructed, the other breast may not match the “new” one. When this occurs, a breast lift can help to balance the appearance of the breasts. During this procedure, an incision is created around the areola and extends vertically toward the natural crease under the breast. The excess skin around the nipple will be removed, and the breast reshaped. This results in perkier, more even breasts.
Fat grafting is often used during the second stage of breast reconstruction to adjust the final appearance of the breasts. During this procedure, fat is harvested using liposuction from an area of the body, and then transferred into the breast to correct a contour issue or add volume. This results in less dimpling, indentations, or curves in the breast, resulting in improved symmetry.
Had a wonderful experience from the Pre-op to post-op! The Pre Op nurse was amazing, she was explaining everything and very kind! Thank you for making my experience so wonderful! - LH”
Symmetry Procedure Recovery
Following your asymmetry procedure, bruising and swelling are common. Downtime may vary depending on the extent of your procedure. Your plastic surgeon will speak with you regarding how to best care for your surgery site(s), as well as how to correctly take your medications, and what signs to look out for that may indicate complications or infection. Do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any post-procedure questions or concerns.
To learn more about symmetry procedures and how they can benefit you, contact Tucson Plastic Surgery today! Your first step will be to schedule a consultation appointment to discuss your health history and procedure options.