Do I Need A Breast Lift for Improved Breast Symmetry?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a breast asymmetry problem. I am 26 years old and the mother of one. During the period of breastfeeding, my child developed a likeness to my left breast which cause it to fill faster with milk and now my breast has stretched to such an extent that my right breast is almost half the size of my left breast, I live in Guyana, but the expertise is not here in this area (plastic surgery) I would like to know which one of the surgeries for the breast would be right for me and also do you deal with clients who may come from another country for plastic surgery.

A: There are multiple approaches to treating breast asymmetries and the choice of procedures depends on the size and shape of each breast and their differences. The first and most important question is…is one of the breasts the size and shape that is desired? In your case that would mean is the right breast the goal to try and make the left one look like again? If so, then a breast lift and/or reduction on the larger left breast may be all that is needed. If neither breasts are ideal or even the  ‘better’ one needs improved, then bilateral breast reshaping procedures would be needed.

A unilateral breast lift is a relatively straightforward procedure that could be done as an outpatient under general anesthesia in about an hour of surgery. I will have my assistant Camille, who handles all of my far away patients, contact you later today.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana