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What Can Be Done About Uneven Breasts?

Uneven Breast

Very few women have perfectly symmetrical breasts. In fact, it’s rare for breasts to be entirely identical. Although for most women, the differences are unnoticeable. Some women do have asymmetry that is more noticeable and even severe.

Having asymmetrical breasts can make it difficult to find bras that fit or to wear clothing comfortably. Many women even feel discomfort with the way their breasts look side-by-side. If having asymmetrical breasts is worrying you, rest assured there are many things you can do to give your breasts a more even appearance.

Causes of Breast Asymmetry

Breast tissue is made up of milk ducts, lobes, fatty tissue, and other matter. Because breast tissue is continuously changing due to hormones, weight gain/loss, and even age, it’s extremely common for breasts and nipples to be uneven in appearance. Breasts may also appear more asymmetrical at some times than others.

A variety of factors can cause breast asymmetry. Some include weight gain or loss, uneven development during adolescence, pregnancy, breastfeeding, uneven shrinkage while aging, medical conditions, breast infections, breast cancer, or poor results from a prior breast augmentation procedure.

As many women are electing for cosmetic procedures to fix noticeable asymmetry, breast augmentations have now become one of the most requested cosmetic procedures. Below are a few options for those interested in correcting the asymmetry of their breasts.

Breast Reduction

Smaller breasts may fit your frame better or give the perkier appearance you want. If your breasts are slightly uneven but you enjoy your current cup size, then a breast reduction in the larger of your two breasts may be the option for you. This procedure is optimal if you have more than a cup size difference in your breasts and wish to keep the size of your smaller breast.

Keep in mind that the more reduction in a breast, the more likely that breast will need to have a lift done to make the tissue firm and perkier. Ask your doctor to explain the pros and cons of breast reduction in your initial consultation.

Breast Lift

A common problem with women as they age, have children, or breastfeed is sagging of the breast tissue. In some cases, breasts begin to sag away from one another, so even if they are similar in size, the breasts will appear asymmetrical.

In a breast lift, the sagging tissue is removed, and the breast is lifted to a higher point on the chest, placing the nipples in a more natural place. Your breast lift will not make your breasts appear larger unless you are getting breast implants, but it will give you a more symmetrical placement and a perkier appearance.

Breast Augmentation

Breast asymmetry can be corrected easily through breast augmentation. Depending on the severity of your asymmetry and desired results, the surgeon may recommend placing breast implants in one or both of your breasts.

If your breasts differ in more than a cup size or you want larger breasts than you currently have, then an augmentation might be your best option. Your doctor will show you different breast implant sizes to choose from. If augmenting both breasts, the implant sizes will differ to make the final results more symmetrical.

Breast Augmentation Results

While breast augmentation will instantly increase breast size, they will not look their best immediately after surgery. It takes time for breast tissue and chest muscles to adjust to having implants present.

There are a few parts of the healing process that is normal and should not cause worry. At first, the breasts will seem too high on the chest. The swelling will also cause the breasts to appear distorted or feel firmer than usual for some time. The majority of swelling resolves in two to three weeks, and after about three months, the implants will soften and settle into the more natural position.

At your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss all of this with you in great detail and help you arrive at the ideal method to achieve your unique goals. Together, you will also review the different breast implant options available, as both saline and silicone implants can deliver exceptional results when correcting breast asymmetry.

Contact us today or call 615-538-0399 to speak with a member of our helpful staff. Our team will answer all of your questions and help you make the most informed decision on breast augmentation possible.

The Rise of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

The Rise of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

There are a surprising number of men who suffer from gynecomastia, a condition characterized by enlarged breasts due to an overgrowth of tissue. More and more men are becoming body conscious and Male Breast Reduction surgery is becoming a frequently requested procedure. But why are male breasts becoming enlarged in the first place? It appears the culprit includes everything from medication to lifestyle.


Gynecomastia can affect any male. Most often it is prevalent in pre-pubescent boys and men over 50. It’s actually caused by an imbalance in the estrogen and testosterone hormones. With an influx of estrogen, man boobs or “moobs” form. Because young boys haven’t hit puberty and adult men start to drop testosterone levels as they age, it’s a quite common occurrence. However, when adult men between the ages of 18-34 start to show larger breasts, the cause is usually from an imbalance within the body.

The cause of the imbalance

As of 2016, at least 40% of adult men suffer from gynecomastia. The reasons vary, but most are a result of medications or lifestyle choices. Antidepressants, liver, and heart pills are just some of the medications that can cause a development in extra breast tissue. Excess consumption of alcohol and high levels of stress can also have a serious effect on your body by throwing your hormones out of whack. Man boobs are also a common characteristic associated with obesity and overweight males.

The best candidates

The best candidates for Male Breast Reduction are those with a stable body weight and fairly elasticated skin. It should be noted, male breast reduction is not a substitute for weight loss and every effort should be made to lose weight before resorting to surgery. It’s also best to have realistic expectations of your results.

About the procedure

During your breast reduction procedure, your doctor uses a combination of liposuction and direct excision to remove the fat and glandular tissue from the breast area. The surgery requires general or local anesthesia (depending on the extent of your reduction) and is performed on an outpatient basis. Once the excess tissue is removed, you will be left with a flatter, firmer chest contour.

The downtime and side effects

Male breast reduction side effects include swelling and discomfort. Usually, your doctor will prescribe pain medication to help make the recovery process more comfortable. You’ll be given an elastic pressure garment that you’ll need to wear for about two weeks following the surgery to help reduce swelling. Once your stitches are removed, you can resume normal activities. However, strenuous exercise, sexual activity or anything else that may risk a blow to the chest should be avoided.

Dr. Jeffrey Marvel is one of the most recognized names in the Middle Tennessee area for surgical and non-surgical procedures. 

Are you ready to see what male breast reduction can do for you? Call 615-329-3900 to book your consultation today!

The Rise of Breast Reduction Surgery

The Rise of Breast Reduction Surgery

Like fashion, beauty trends come and go. Over the years what was once deemed “sexy” has been redefined. Breast implants have been popular for decades, made desirable by celebrities like Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra. But in recent years a new shift has taken place and many cosmetic surgeons are seeing an increase in the request for breast reduction surgery. What’s sparking this new trend? You might be surprised.

 Say Goodbye to Old Beauty Standards

Previous popularity for breast implants was at its peak in the early 2000’s, as was a wafer-thin body, bleached hair and excessive hair extensions. But recent beauty trends have found more women ditching the calorie counters and picking up the weights. The new “it” figure today consists of well-toned abs, legs that can run marathons, and arms that have a definition. What doesn’t come with this super-fit body – large breasts. Many women consider large breasts a detriment or interference to their physical activity, whether it be weight lifting, running, or day-to-day activities. And for others, it’s simply a matter of physical appearance and the desire to have a smaller, more modest chest.

What we do know is that in 2013 Breast Reduction Surgery was one of the 10 most requested surgeries in the country. Some of these women were previous implant surgery patients who requested to have smaller implants put in their place, a trend that is also popular with celebrities like Sharon Osborn and Victoria Beckham, both of whom have been vocal about their move to a smaller size.

The Discomforts of a Larger Chest

For some women, there are many frustrations that come with having a larger chest (natural or implanted) regardless of age. Extra weight from the breast can put an unnecessary amount of pressure on the spine, causing significant discomfort while standing – even while sleeping. Petite frames, especially, can experience a lot of physical issues with neck and shoulder pain.

Another common complaint is that having a larger chest can also prevent you from wearing the clothes you would like to wear. Breast reduction surgery will reduce this frustration and give you a more proportional look.

Getting Your Implants Removed

Whether you desire to reduce your breast size for cosmetic reasons or to reduce pain from the discomfort of a larger chest, getting a breast reduction isn’t as complex as you might think. At Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in our surgery center. It requires general anesthesia and takes roughly only two hours.

You can choose to go to a smaller implant or no implant at all. If you choose the no implant route, you may need to consider a breast lift to help with the excess tissue. Speak with your doctor about a lift even if you are replacing your implant sizes. Most often, they will ask you to wait and see how the skin adjusts. But if there still seems to be some sagging with the new implant, a breast lift can help.

Do you think breast reduction surgery might be right for you? Call 615-329-3900 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marvel to discuss your options and discover what option will work best for you.