Correcting Breast Asymmetry

By: Dr. Lawrence Iteld


It’s not uncommon for women to have breast asymmetry; for example, where one is larger or higher than the other. Another asymmetry I see is when nipples are different sizes and/or in different positions. Most minor deviations usually don’t bother patients. Like eyebrows, breasts are sisters, not twins. However, when differences are obvious enough and a patient is self-conscious about their asymmetries, patients often decide to look into options for breast surgery. If your goal is to improve your breast symmetry, to have a “matching set,” you’re in luck. No one solution is right for everyone, but I do offer several surgical options that may fix what’s bothering you: 

Breast Augmentation with Implants 

The most common way to improve symmetry is with implants. Each breast could require a different size implant to balance you appropriately. Don’t want to be bigger? This works, too. You may only need one implant in the smaller breast to match the larger one. Of course, you can always enhance the size and shape of both breasts. 

Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer 

Another great option is breast augmentation with fat transfer. Here, I would transfer different amounts into each breast, or only into the smaller one to create symmetry. 

Breast Reduction 

Do your breasts feel too large? Breast reduction is a great way to reduce and achieve symmetry at the same time. I balance how much to remove from each breast so that the result is smaller and symmetrical breasts. You’ll enjoy a beautifully proportioned silhouette. 

Breast Lift 

Does one of your breasts hang lower than the other? A breast lift may be just the right technique for you. This procedure lets me elevate your breasts so that they are properly positioned on your chest. The most common and best option is to lift both breasts, giving you a more youthful, rejuvenated look.  It’s very common for me to perform a lift when I do breast augmentation with implants or a breast reduction. After all, you want to look your best. 

Other Improvements 

It’s also common for nipples and the darker pigmentation surrounding them (areolas) to mismatch, point downward, or be inverted. Either as part of other breast procedures (typically a lift) or as a solo procedure, nipple correction surgery can address all of these asymmetry issues. 

Talk with us about your breast surgical options 

Breast surgery is a very personal decision. That’s why we are here to answer your questions and help you decide what’s right for you. Please contact our experienced patient coordinators at [email protected] or click here to schedule your confidential consultation. Need financing? We have lots of options for you. Click here to see what’s available. -------- Lawrence Iteld, MD, is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgery. A highly regarded Chicago-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Iteld has received awards from Chicago Magazine’s Top Docs, and Castle Connolly Top Doctors®, and is a Key Opinion Leader with several industry partners.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.