Asymmetry (difference in size between 2 breasts)
Patients may start with different sized breasts before surgery (most patients are not perfectly symmetrical). Adjustments can be made with the implants to try to get as much symmetry as possible after breast enhancement surgery. Different types of implants may be used, different volumes may be used to fill up the breast implants, or the pocket dissection may be different between the two sides.
The Surgical Procedure
For correction of asymmetry, the procedure can take up to 1-2 hours depending on the amount of work involved to make the breasts as symmetrical as possible. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Pousti takes his time in the operating room to make sure he achieves the patient’s goals. If the patient doesn’t currently have breast implants and has asymmetric breasts, Dr. Pousti will use temporary sizers in the operating room and possibly use different size implants to achieve symmetry. If the patient currently has breast implant, usually an internal suturing technique is used to correct the pocket and therefore the implant placement on the chest.
What To Expect After Surgery
For patients getting breast implants for the first time (as well as correcting the asymmetry) they will be in bed for 5-7 days with no driving or heavy lifting for 1-2 weeks. For patients who are removing breast implants and replacing them with new implants, since the pectoral muscles have already been stretched and there is an existing pocket, there is very little pain or discomfort. Patients experience very minimal pain and there is less recovery time.
Resumption Of Physical Activities
Driving may be resumed in 1-2 weeks.
Non-contact sports in 3 weeks.
Contact sports in 6 weeks.