Breast Asymmetry Correction

Breast Asymmetry Correction

Breast appearance is a defining characteristic of femininity. When a woman feels that her breasts are different to her ideal shape and size, it can affect her self-esteem. It is very common for breasts to be of slightly different size and shape. Sometimes breasts may develop quite differently during adolescence or this may become a problem later. Surgery can be performed to increase the size of one breast, or reduce the size of the other, to achieve better symmetry. Additional techniques are available in young women who are still growing and have marked asymmetry. This empowers these young ladies to feel confident as they complete their growth -any procedures of this sort are carefully considered and require both the patient's and parent's consent.

Improvement of breast asymmetry is a cosmetic procedure with high patient satisfaction and low complication rates. This procedure should be partially rebatable by all leading private health funds, provided there is significant difference in size or shape between the two sides. It is important to obtain a referral from your family doctor to be eligible for this.

Important Note when Choosing Your Surgeon

In Australia, just about anyone with a standard medical degree is allowed to perform cosmetic surgery. In fact, currently there is no legislation to stop any doctor from calling themselves a 'surgeon', even without formal surgical training.

Your only safeguard is to look for the letters FRACS under a doctor's name and check that they are affiliated with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), as only fully qualified plastic surgeons have these titles and memberships. They confirm that your doctor has completed many years (at least 10 years) of training and examinations in surgery -far beyond the medical school period.