When family traits, changes during pregnancy, or trauma have left your breasts looking dramatically different from each other, this imbalanced shape can damage your self-confidence and sense of wellbeing.

Breast abnormalities which can be embarrassing and require breast asymmetry correction with the possibility of other breast enhancement procedures such as breast augmentation or breast lift include:

Tubular Breasts

Such breasts result from congenital variation in the development of the breast tissue. Although there is considerable variation, tubular breasts all share some common features.

Tubular breasts are usually elongated and narrow and have an areola (pigmented area around the nipple) that appears disproportionately large. Often, the breast tissue behind the nipple and areola protrudes and makes the nipple look puffy.

The location at which the underside of the breast joins the chest (known as the infra-mammary fold) tends to be relatively high on the chest, thus causing the breast to droop and look long and constricted.

When only one breast is affected, significant asymmetry is a common result. When both breasts are affected, the distance between the breasts will be widened, making the cleavage area appear unnaturally broad.

Surgery to correct tubular breasts is commonly performed by Dr. Hovsepian and almost always involves augmenting the breast. In addition to adding volume to the breast, the base of the breast is widened to a normal size, the infra-mammary fold is restored to a more natural position, and the areola is usually reduced in size. Breast implants have traditionally been used to provide the volume needed to correct a tuberous breast. Although implants continue to be used, a perforator flap can be used as an alternative to a breast implant.

Chest and Breast Deformities in Poland’s Syndrome

Poland’s syndrome is characterized by variable underdevelopment of the breast, nipple, chest muscles, and ribs on the side of the body affected by this condition. Both men and women can be affected. In milder cases, the involved breast is generally smaller than the uninvolved breast and it may not be shaped normally. In more severe cases, the breast, nipple/areola and even the pectoralis muscle (large muscle of the chest), may be completely absent. In the most severe cases, the skeletal structure of the chest (ribs and breast bone) may also be affected.

Reconstructive surgery is commonly sought by both men and women affected with Poland’s Syndrome. Dr. Raffi Hovsepian performs innovative techniques to correct the associated chest and breast abnormalities.

Historically implants and muscle flaps are utilized in the treatment of people with Poland’s Syndrome. These reconstructive procedures may be an attractive option for patients affected by Poland’s Syndrome.

Breast Hypoplasia

Breast Hypoplasia is also commonly called breast hypomastia. The term describes a condition in which one or both breasts never mature or develop properly. Hypomastia can be the result of several possible known causes or might be idiopathic. Hypomastia is sometimes an emotionally troubling condition which often necessitates treatment to restore aesthetic harmony to the body.

Hypomastia caused by a disease or systemic disorder (such as anorexia); might be reversed if the causative condition is resolved in time to resume normal growth. Hormone therapy is effective in some cases but must be monitored by a specially trained expert to minimize any unwanted side effects, especially in young patients. Women who never develop breasts are often good candidates for breast augmentation surgery. This procedure will accomplish what nature could not provide for the affected patient…a beautiful set of fully formed breasts. Women who have no breastfeeding ability or undeveloped sensory response in their breasts will not regain these functions by receiving implants.

However, the look and feel of the breast will be normal, which is one of the most important criteria in overcoming psychological issues stemming from aesthetically immature breasts. Dr. Hovsepian is highly skilled and experienced in evaluating and treating these conditions. Learn more about his commitment to personalized, natural-looking results when you request a consultation or speak with his highly informed aesthetic team. Dr. Hovsepian is highly skilled and experienced in evaluating and treating these conditions. Learn more about his commitment to personalized, natural-looking results when you request a consultation or speak with his highly informed aesthetic team.

Breast Asymmetry Correction can

  • Restore a more even shape, volume, and position to the breast mound
  • Redefine the shape and dimensions of the breasts
  • Address discrepancies in the position of the nipple or breast crease
  • Correct imbalances resulting from mastectomy, family traits, physical trauma, or another surgeon's unsuccessful surgery
  • Help make activities like clothes shopping or looking good in a swim suit more enjoyable

Planning Your Procedure

Dr. Raffi Hovsepian is uniquely skilled and experienced to offer procedures with special attention to both aesthetic appeal and surgical precision. Each breast asymmetry patient is unique, he will carefully examine your medical history, current breast shape, and enhancement desires before recommending a specific, personalized approach focused on your goals.

Typical choices involved in breast asymmetry correction include:

Implant Type and Placement

Dr. Hovsepian's extensive experience in clinical use of breast implants for breast asymmetry correction enables him to choose from the entire collection of available breast implants; saline, standard silicone gel implants, or form-stable ("tear drop" or "gummy bear") silicone gel implants. His analysis will help determine not only which implant best "fits" your situation, but also what incision and technique is best for your individual needs. In your consultation he will outline the benefits and trade-offs of each option before you make the right personal decision unique to you and your body.

Combination Approaches

Due to the many variations of breast asymmetries, some require a more complex approach to achieve satisfying results. In some cases, implants with slight to greater size or shape differences may achieve the desired results. In other cases, it will be necessary to reposition the nipple, refine the areola, or adjust the position of the breast mound through breast lift; which may also include a breast enlargement as well.

Special Considerations

Some women are born with breasts that never develop, chest muscles that are missing, or chest bone shapes that are uneven and unsightly. Childhood surgical procedures or trauma can also prevent breasts from developing normally. This can become a physical and emotional burden during teenage years when breasts are normally developing.

Reconstructing asymmetric breast conditions requires the highest levels of care and expertise. Dr. Hovsepian offers breast asymmetry correction using the most sophisticated techniques, customized to your specific needs, desires, and personal situation. After careful analysis of your condition, he will be happy to recommend an approach designed specifically to meet your enhancement goals.

Breast Asymmetry Surgery

Before your procedure, Dr. Raffi Hovsepian and his highly talented aesthetic team will make sure you understand your procedure and recovery thoroughly, and answer all your questions. Safety, privacy, comfort, and excellence in treatment with trusting compassionate care are the benefits of Dr. Hovsepian’s patient experience.

Prior to your procedure you will need to begin fasting 8 hours before coming into the Beverly Hills surgical center, this means you cannot eat or drink anything at all during this period, including chewing gum or drinking water. If you have been instructed by Dr. Hovsepian to take any medications in the morning, this is permitted with a few sips of water.

Breast asymmetry surgery is performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be completely asleep and feel nothing during surgery. The surgery takes a few hours, although you should expect to spend extra time in the operating room if your procedure will focus on multiple areas.

The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, but some patients prefer an overnight stay. Out-of-town patients may stay in a near-by hotel or aftercare facility, where a "private duty" nurse is available if required. Afterward, you will return to your home, hotel or aftercare facility conveniently located a short distance from the surgical center.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Hovsepian’s goal is to provide you with the best possible care while utilizing innovative advancements in plastic surgery to help you reach your breast enhancement goals. Meet Dr. Hovsepian in his Beverly Hills office to discuss how he can support you in achieving your aesthetic goals, request your consultation online or by telephone.

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