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Symmetry is considered one of the essential elements of beauty, and scientific studies have shown that people respond more positively to symmetry of the face and body. While some degree of breast asymmetry is normal and expected, significant differences in breast size or shape can lead to feelings of self-consciousness or embarrassment. For these women, breast asymmetry can be managed using a variety of breast enhancement procedures.

Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in all types of breast enhancement, including the correction of asymmetry between breasts. Known as one of the best breast surgeons in Chicago, Dr. Placik has helped thousands of women in the Windy City and surrounding suburbs.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on breast asymmetry surgery, including prices.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago

Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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About Breast Asymmetry

Breast asymmetry, in which one breast is larger, lower or differently shaped than the other, may be the result of many different possible causes including:

  • Congenital breast asymmetry or breast asymmetry that’s present from birth and/or results from developmental processes. This includes asymmetrical virginal hypertrophy, in which a young woman has excessive sudden growth of one breast, and may require corrective surgery before the age of 18. This also includes conditions known as constricted breast or tuberous breast deformity. Congenital breast asymmetry often results from musculoskeletal conditions such as scoliosis, pectus excvatum or pectus carinatum (pigeon chest).
  • Degenerative breast asymmetry in which both breasts are initially the same size, but one breast shrinks as a result of a localized disease or condition.
  • Acquired breast asymmetry as a result of mastitis (breast infection), uneven development during or atrophy after pregnancy/breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, or exercise-related changes in breast size or shape
  • Surgery for mastitis or other conditions, including mastectomy or lumpectomy of one breast as a result of cancer diagnosis.
  • Aging that occurs at different rates in each breast.

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Breast asymmetry can be corrected using breast reduction on the larger breast, breast augmentation on the smaller breast, or a combination of both to ensure that breasts are more similar in size and shape. A breast lift can be performed to correct sagging in either breast. Other breast deformities can be corrected at the same time, including constricted or tuberous breasts (often incorrectly referred to as tubular breasts) and inverted nipples, while large nipples can be improved using nipple reduction. Many women also request correction of asymmetrically enlarged areolae.

No matter what the causes of breast asymmetry, Dr. Placik can work closely with you to develop a customized approach toward treatment that resolves your specific concerns.

Breast Asymmetry FAQ

What is breast asymmetry?

Breast asymmetry is when the look of one breast differs significantly from the other. This can be related to size, shape, or position. Although no woman has breasts that are completely identical, the difference of a cup size or more or a significant variance in shape between breasts can cause problems with self-image, as well as concerns over practical issues like shopping for bras or swimsuits.

Why is breast symmetry important?

Both scientists and artists agree that symmetry is a major factor in determination of beauty. Faces and bodies are recognized as more beautiful when symmetrical qualities exist. While even Hollywood stars may have minor asymmetry, a larger, more conspicuous difference between sides can lead to feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious in ways that undermine your confidence.

How is breast asymmetry caused?

Numerous factors can influence breast development and result in unevenly sized or shaped breasts:

  • Localized disease or condition – Also known as degenerative breast asymmetry, this occurs when breasts begin similar in size but one shrinks due to a disease or breast condition. Surgery such as lumpectomy or radiation therapy may also cause one sided atrophy or decrease in size.
  • Natural aging – Each breast can react differently to gravity and other contributing stressors of aging
  • Drastic weight change – Either excessive weight gain or loss can cause an uneven increase or reduction in breast fat
  • Asymmetrical virginal hypertrophy – When a pubescent woman experiences excessive, sudden growth in one breast only
  • After pregnancy – The body’s response after breast feeding and/or pregnancy can result in an uneven redistribution of breast tissue
Does breast asymmetry increase cancer risks?

Yes. The risk of cancer development in women with breast asymmetry increases 1.5 times for each 100 ml increase in asymmetry.

Will correcting breast asymmetry through reconstructive surgery decrease breast cancer risk?

No. Women with breast asymmetry should regularly undergo cancer screenings. For women who choose to correct their asymmetry through breast augmentation, Dr. Placik can place the breast implants below the pectoral muscles to increase mammogram accuracy. In one Danish study, breast reduction did result in a lower risk of cancer.

What is the cost of breast asymmetry correction?

Since Dr. Placik may take one of any number of different approaches to improve existing breast asymmetry, the cost of surgery will vary from patient to patient. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.

How can breast asymmetry be corrected?

Dr. Placik will examine your medical history and current breast condition to determine the best approach to take for your breast asymmetry. Common procedures include one or more of the following:

  • Breast reduction on the larger breast
  • Breast augmentation on the smaller breast with implants or fat transfer or tissue flaps
  • Breast lift for the ptotic (droopy) breast
  • Nipple and/or areolar asymmetry correction of inversion, projection or size
  • A combination of any of the above in order to reshape breasts to a more even shape and volume

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about breast asymmetry surgery, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.

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PRACTICE POLICY UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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