asymetrie mammaire

Breast asymmetry

Breast asymmetry is common in many women, and manifests itself as a difference in size or shape between the breasts. While every woman has a slight asymmetry, in some it’s marked enough to warrant surgery to restore harmony.

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Breast asymmetry is more than just a difference in volume between the two breasts. It can also concern the shape or position of the nipple, or even the direction in which they point. This asymmetry may be the result of genetic or hormonal factors, or occur after events such as pregnancy, breastfeeding or significant weight variations.

Common causes of breast asymmetry

  • Genetic factors: Just like eye color or nose shape, breast size and shape can be determined by genetics.
  • Hormonal changes: Puberty, menopause and menstrual cycles can influence breast size and shape.
  • Life events: Pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight changes can bring about changes in the breasts, sometimes accentuating asymmetry.

Why correct breast asymmetry?

Surgery to correct breast asymmetry aims to restore harmony between the two breasts, offering patients not only an aesthetic improvement, but also a boost in self-confidence.

Improved self-confidence:
Body harmony plays a crucial role in self-esteem. For many women, correcting pronounced breast asymmetry can have a positive impact on their body image, enabling them to feel more comfortable and confident in a variety of situations, whether wearing a swimsuit or a fitted dress.

Harmonizing the appearance of the breasts:
Surgery offers the possibility of making breasts more symmetrical, whether by increasing the size of the smaller breast, reducing the size of the larger breast, or adjusting the position of the nipples. The result is harmonious breasts that blend in naturally with the patient’s figure.

Correction of noticeable differences between breasts:
Beyond the aesthetic aspect, pronounced breast asymmetry can also lead to physical discomfort, such as back pain or difficulty finding suitable clothing. Surgery can correct these differences, offering patients greater physical comfort.

What are the surgical options?

  1. Smaller breast augmentation :
    Breast augmentation
    is a procedure to increase the size of the breast using breast implants. In the case of asymmetry, this technique can be used to increase the volume of the smaller breast to make it proportional to the other.
  2. Larger breast reduction: Breast reduction is a procedure designed to reduce the size of the breasts by removing excess glandular tissue, fat and skin. For patients with asymmetry, where one breast is significantly larger than the other, this procedure can be used to achieve a balanced breast size.
  3. Sagging breast lift: Over time, factors such as age, pregnancy and gravity can lead to sagging breasts. If asymmetry is due to one breast sagging in relation to the other, a breast lift, or mastopexy, may be recommended. This procedure lifts and reshapes the breast to give it a firmer, more youthful appearance.

The process

Before the operation

The decision to undergo surgery to correct breast asymmetry is an important one. Proper preparation is essential to ensure the best possible results.

The first step is an in-depth consultation with your plastic surgeon. During this consultation, the surgeon will assess your overall health, discuss your aesthetic goals and recommend the best surgical approach for your case. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the procedure. A consultation with an anesthetist will also be scheduled.

During the operation

Correcting breast asymmetry is a delicate procedure requiring surgical expertise and precision.

Carefully planned incisions are designed to minimize scarring while offering the best aesthetic results. Each intervention is customized to meet the unique needs of each patient. The procedure generally takes one to two hours, depending on its complexity, and is performed under general anaesthetic. You’ll go home the same day.

After the operation

The post-operative phase is essential to ensure optimal, long-lasting results.

  • Incision care: Dressings or bandages can be applied to incisions to protect them. It’s vital to follow postoperative instructions to the letter, especially when it comes to cleaning the operated area and applying prescribed medication. Our medical team will be at your disposal for post-operative follow-up and to answer any questions you may have.
  • Activities to avoid and recommendations: It is generally advisable to avoid strenuous physical exertion for several weeks. Detailed recommendations will be provided to ensure a trouble-free recovery.
  • Follow-up with the surgeon: Post-operative consultations are crucial to monitor healing and ensure the absence of complications. These meetings are an opportunity to evaluate results and make any necessary adjustments.

Risks and possible complications

All surgical procedures carry risks:

Common surgical risks: Although rare, complications such as infections, bleeding or reactions to anesthesia can occur.

Complications specific to the procedure: Changes in nipple sensation are possible, as are unsightly scars or residual asymmetries. It is also possible that results may not fully meet expectations, requiring subsequent adjustments.

It is essential to discuss all potential risks and benefits openly with your surgeon so that you can make an informed decision.

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The cost of breast surgery

Breast augmentation with prostheses
de 4955 € à 5475 € (*)
Lipofilling breast augmentation
5775 €
Breast reduction
4950 €
Breast lift
4950 €
Breast lift with prostheses
de 5950 € à 6775 € (*)
Information consultation
de 30 € à 70 €
*depending on the type of implant. All our prices are indicative and include VAT. The complete and precise estimate will be validated during the consultation with the surgeon.


How much does surgical correction of breast asymmetry cost?

The cost of correcting breast asymmetry varies according to a number of factors, including the complexity of the procedure, the technique used (with or without implant, etc.) and the level of experience of the plastic surgeon. In addition, the cost may include post-operative expenses such as medication, dressings and follow-up consultations. We recommend that you consult a specialist to obtain a precise estimate that takes into account all the associated costs.

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What are the common risks associated with surgery to correct breast asymmetry?

The risks inherent in any surgery include infection, bleeding and reactions to anesthesia. Complications specific to this procedure may include changes in nipple sensation, unsightly scars or residual asymmetry.

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Can breast asymmetry occur after pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Yes, pregnancy and breastfeeding can accentuate breast asymmetry, as can significant weight variations or hormonal changes.

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