A woman’s breasts are never identical but, in most cases, the differences are minimal and not noticeable. However, some women have significant differences that can lead to self-consciousness about their appearance. Breast asymmetry is a condition in which one breast is noticeably different than the other when it comes to size, shape or position. The volume of one breast may be larger than the other, or the location of the nipples or the fold beneath the breast may be different. Some women may find the tightness of the skin varies between the breast, causing one to be firmer than the other. Others may have a chest bone that is sunken or raised on one side of the body, leading to different positioning of the breasts.
Asymmetrical breasts can affect how your clothing fits, your appearance and your self-esteem. Fortunately, there are ways to correct this issue and restore balance and harmony to the upper body profile. Dr. Michael Ciaravino is an expert in breast enhancement, performing more than 800 breast procedures each year. He is qualified to help you address any asymmetries you may have, creating natural, beautiful breasts that will help restore your confidence in your body.
There are many different reasons why breast asymmetry might occur:
A female’s breast may naturally develop at different rates, but the difference in size sometimes does not even out once adulthood is reached. Although the exact cause of these developmental differences is unknown, hormonal changes, traumatic injuries and underlying medical or skeletal conditions may cause breast asymmetry. For example, tubular breasts, a condition that typically develops in one or both breasts at puberty, can result in breasts that are significantly different in size and shape.
To correct asymmetrical breasts that result from developmental differences, Dr. Ciaravino can augment or reduce one of the breasts to bring it in line with the other. Correction can also be made on both breasts if necessary, such as enlarging one and reducing the other simultaneously to produce a more naturally proportionate look. If there is a variance in breast projection (often due to variations in the chest wall), different profiles and sizes in implants can be utilized to produce a more balanced appearance. This procedure is entirely customizable to each patient’s needs.
Women go into a breast augmentation procedure with high expectations for their results. Unfortunately, those expectations are not always realized due to substandard surgical technique, improper implant selection or poor placement of the implants. Poorly performed breast augmentation surgery may cause breast asymmetry or make minor asymmetry that was present before surgery that much worse. Surgical techniques designed to revise the breast implant pocket, such as capsulorrhaphy or capsulectomy, are frequently used to correct breast asymmetry after a previous breast augmentation.
Capsular contracture, bottoming out, rupture and other complications that can occur after breast augmentation with implants may also cause breast asymmetry. These complications are generally corrected using specific techniques that are tailored to each condition. Dr. Ciaravino sees patients from across the globe for breast augmentation revision to repair problems like these and restore the natural beauty of a woman’s breasts. For more information about how a particular issue can be corrected, please visit our page that explains complications associated with breast augmentation.
Options abound in any breast enhancement and correction of asymmetry is no exception. These variables allow Dr. Ciaravino to adjust the procedure to your unique needs and body proportions to create a truly individualized look. Some of the choices you may make in preparation of your surgery might include: Implant Type While silicone implants tend to be the one preferred by the majority of patients, Dr. Ciaravino also offers the option of saline when appropriate. Both implants are comprised of a silicone shell that may be textured or smooth. The shell is either filled with a sterile saline solution or a silicone gel. Saline implants are filled once they are placed in the breast pocket, while silicone comes pre-filled. Dr. Ciaravino will help you select the implant that will produce the best outcome for you.
Both saline and silicone implants come in a variety of sizes to accommodate a wide range of body proportions. Implants are either round or anatomical (teardrop-shaped). Both shapes feature their advantages and drawbacks. Dr. Ciaravino will use his expertise to determine the right implant to help you achieve your desired look.
Implant profile describes how the implant will extend from the chest wall. Some implants have a broader base and lower profile, while others may offer more projection. The profile will be particularly crucial if your asymmetry is due to an irregularity in the chest wall. In some cases, different profiles may be used on each breast to balance the silhouette.
Where the implants are placed will also affect the final look. Implants may be located above the chest muscle and underneath the breast tissue, known as subglandular placement. The other option is to place the implants beneath a portion of the chest muscle, which is referred to as submuscular placement. Positioning is dependent on a variety of factors, all of which Dr. Ciaravino will cover with you before your surgery.
In addition to these options, patients may opt to combine the corrective surgery with a breast lift to further enhance their outcome. Like the augmentation, the lift may be done on one or both breasts with the goal of achieving the best symmetry possible. Dr. Ciaravino and his team of experts will walk you through the entire decision-making process to ensure you receive the implants and surgical techniques that will work the best for you.
Breast asymmetry correction is performed as an outpatient procedure using either IV sedation or general anesthesia. Incisions will vary based on the revision to be done. If the surgery is to correct a previous breast augmentation, Dr. Ciaravino will make every effort to use the same incision sites to minimize post-operative scarring. Throughout the operation, he will also employ techniques to reduce trauma to the body for a quicker, more comfortable recovery process whenever possible.
Breast asymmetry correction can take anywhere from one to three hours to complete. No drains are used during Dr. Ciaravino’s procedures and dissolvable sutures are selected to close incisions, so patients do not have to return for stitch removal after surgery. Patients will experience some bruising and swelling after their procedure, but it is generally less than what is experienced after surgeries performed by other plastic surgeons due to Dr. Ciaravino’s advanced techniques. Recovery usually takes a week or two before patients are ready to return to their regular routines. Strenuous exercise can generally be resumed within four to six weeks, once the breasts have time to heal fully.
Asymmetrical breasts can be a significant source of embarrassment and loss of self-esteem. Dr. Ciaravino’s extensive experience in this area ensures his patients can meet their aesthetic goals of balance and proportion while enjoying natural, beautiful results. His work in the field of breast enhancement exceeds that of most plastic surgeons across the country, giving his patients peace-of-mind in knowing they will receive the highest level of care and superior results when they choose Dr. Ciaravino for their breast surgery. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Ciaravino, contact Ciaravino Total Beauty today at 713-627-1200. .
The physician took the time to understand what I wanted out of the surgery and he is very knowledgeable and professional. The Staff is kind and supportive and the office is clean and comfortable. My overall experience was wonderful and I will highly recommend ya’ll to everyone! The doctor took the time to listen to what I wanted from the procedure and worked with me to find the perfect size. The doctor explained why the size would be perfect based on my chest cavity and it was perfectly correct!
The staff and Dr. Ciaravino are very friendly and knowledgeable. They made me feel very comfortable before and after my procedure. Everyone in the office is very friendly and professional. I did not have to wait very long and answered all of my questions. Dr. Ciaravino’s expertise and advise was greatly appreciated and very happy with the results!
Dr Michael Ciaravino is a Magnificent Surgeon!! Honest, knowledgeable, caring with excellent bedside manners. I have been his patient for several years and I will never go to another doctor. I am so happy with my recent Breast Augmentation! My recovery has been easy, and I feel great ! Thanks to Dr. Ciaravino and his Amazing Team who made my experience be a terrific one ! I can’t say enough good things about the amazing Ciaravino Girls ! Thank you beautiful ladies for being there for me.
I was extremely nervous about scheduling Breast Augmentation/Liposuction surgery without visiting the facility due to me living abroad. Upon my arrival to Texas, I was able to visit the office for a consult/pre-op. The moment I walked in I was greeted by the receptionist and amazed by the chic yet calming decor. This was very much needed since I walked in with butterflies in my stomach. The nurse/patient coordinator was very attentive and assured me of the smooth process. She was definitely right. Dr.Caravino is amazing he was able to give me a very natural yet sexy look. I’m so very thankful and planning another visit soon. Thanks again to Dr. Caravino for giving me my pre-mom body back and thank you to his staff for being just as amazing.
Very professional staff. The doctor made every visit comforting and he’s clearly great at what he does. Love the end results, 2 days after the procedure I was feeling great! No pain, no bruising, everything was awesome!
EVERYTHING! The look, the ease of transitioning back to “normal”, the care….EVERYTHING! The doctor and staff are AMAZING! He and his staff were very attentive to my questions and needs and always made me feel at ease. I have already referred three people to him!
Dr Ciaravino and his staff exceeded my expectations. I have several of my friends whose gone to him for augmentations and recommended him. I couldn’t be more pleased!! From the scheduling over the phone for the consultation to the post-op appointment, choosing this practice is by far the best decision I made for myself. I can’t express how highly I will recommend to anyone looking for a change, I actually already have passed on his information to a couple ladies. The results are more than I imagined and I only had my surgery Nov 15, 2017 (2 weeks ago). I never had to take any of my pain medicine which as my first surgery ever I didn’t expect it to be so perfect! Thank you again to you Dr Ciaravino and his lovely beautiful staff for making me feel comfortable before and after. Look forward to seeing you guys in 3 months.
Information was explained clear and concise. I felt prepared in every aspect on what to expect and how to handle myself during the recovery process. The recovery went as explained and I had minimal discomfort. I am loving my results, the whole process was wonderful!
The accessibility of the staff after my procedure to answer questions I had was phenomenal. The results are amazing, I couldn’t be happier! The staff and Dr. C are all very knowledgable and very helpful. Dr. C did a fantastic job with my procedure and I am excited to see the final results once I am completely healed.
The staff was very friendly and helpful through the entire process. My results are exactly what I wanted and asked for as far as size and shape with a more natural look.
Doctor Ciaravino gave me exactly what I wanted. I love the way my breasts look. His assistants were very knowledgeable, helpful and extremely nice! I love the way my breasts look. I wanted natural and that’s what Doctor Ciaravino gave me.
Dr C’s office and staff are first class. Always kind, helpful and considerate. Each time I go in, it feels like going to see friends! I had abdominoplasty and breast augmentation. I love my body! Could not ask for better results!
From the first consultation to my last post-op app I have been so happy with everything. Dr Ciaravino and his staff have always made me feel super comfortable. I will be going back for any cosmetic procedures I need in the future!
Friendly staff and environment. Dr. Ciaravino was very thorough about explaining the risks and possible complications of the surgery and how to prevent them. Other than what I had researched about him prior to my consultation, I knew he’d be the perfect doctor to perform my surgery because of his bedside manner skills! Down to earth and doesn’t make you feel like a number. He addresses your concerns and took the time to explain my questions.
Everyone from the CSM to the nurse who has been on staff for 8 years. Everyone made my husband and I feel very welcomed and comfortable. Didn’t feel pressured and the staff was very informative!
Nadia helped explain every single thing I would need to know in such detail, I felt that I knew exactly what I was getting into. She is so sweet and kind I was nervous and she helped calm my nerves and make me feel right at home. By the time the surgeon entered the room, I had most of my questions answered so I felt fully ready and excited. Nadia is the BEST.
Dr. C, you and your staff are great!! You all made the whole process practically painless. I am very impressed with the results…You are so professional and at the same time so compassionate and caring, another happy patient!!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about every single person I encountered at this office. You are all thorough, kind, conscientious, and beautiful inside and out!
I have always been a bit apprehensive about having breast augmentation. Although I wanted one, I had a fear that they would turn out too big and look unnatural. Dr. Ciaravino listened to my concerns and truly did a beautiful job. He is truly an artist with his ability and truly did a beautiful job.
Just wanted to let y’all know that I think that Dr. Ciaravino is by far the most talented doc around. I had my surgery on Monday and haven’t had a pain killer since Tuesday morning. Not even a Tylenol. There was no bruising or swelling at all. I am just amazed at how simple and painless the whole thing was. I attribute this to Dr. Ciaravino’s talent and gentleness.