Is it possible to have just one breast augmented?

Q:

I had breast augmentation seven months ago.  My left breast is smaller then my right one.  When I went from a 32A to a 32C (350 cc's) my left nipple is about 3 inches higher then my right one.  Is it possible to have surgery to enlarge my left breast to even it with my right breast or would I have to get both breasts done over?

A:

While no one can give you specific advice without seeing you, the general rule is that you can change the size of one implant to improve symmetry. However when the breasts develop differently it is likely that the nipple position is also different, which could require a breast lift type of procedure in addition to size change.

R. A. Baxter, MD

Richard A. Baxter, M.D.
Mountlake Terrace, WA

A:

Since you have already had a breast augmentation, it is entirely possible to correct a size asymmetry by operating on only one side. However, because the right breast is more ptotic (droopy) than the left (the one that otherwise needs surgery) you may also need surgery on the right to correct the droop in order to completely correct the asymmetry.

R. T. Buchanan, MD

A:

A breast lift on the side with the lower nipple is the best procedure to correct nipple asymmetry. Placing different sized breast implants will not improve nipple asymmetry and could make it worse.

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