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What is congenital breast asymmetry surgery?

Due to unfortunate hereditary conditions, some girls have asymmetrical breast development. One may be too small while the other is too large. Unwanted sagging of one breast may also be an issue. There may be a tubular appearance and/or constriction to the breast shape, with nipple areolar deformities. Sometimes there are underlying skeletal issues as well.

Surgical correction can help teens and women improve the symmetry and shape of the breasts. Techniques include breast lift or breast reduction, and breast augmentation with implants and/or fat. Sometimes surgery needs “refreshing” within years due to recurring processes that caused the asymmetry in the first place. Surgery is individualized, and Dr. Shermak will meet with you in private to discuss all options that may benefit your appearance.

Who is a good candidate for congenital breast asymmetry surgery?

Good candidates are females of a broad spectrum of ages who desire better breast symmetry and improved breast contours. Candidates should be in good physical and mental health, with reasonable expectations for improvement rather than perfection. Scars have to be tolerated, and the scars involved will be explained and demonstrated through work on previous patients. Younger girls may not be accepting and understanding of scars. Additionally, breast development should be complete.

Is this surgery covered under insurance?

The short answer is “sometimes.” You may check with your insurance provider to see if they may cover this procedure. More often, the procedure is an out of pocket expense, and considered to be cosmetic in nature.

What is the recovery like for congenital breast asymmetry surgery?

Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. One may experience temporary discomfort, swelling, or numbness. Most women resume light activity within a week and drive within 10 days. More vigorous activity should wait for one month. Dr. Shermak will meet with patients over time to assure optimal scarring results.

Undergoing additional cosmetic treatments

The way you look and feel directly affects your self-confidence. In addition to treating Baltimore congenital breast asymmetry patients, Dr. Shermak takes care of many Baltimore abdominoplasty, liposuction, and body lift patients. Please visit these pages to learn more.

Moving forward Schedule a Consultation

We invite you to call Dr. Shermak’s Baltimore plastic surgery office at 410-324-6592 to schedule your personal, complimentary consultation today. You can also visit our online library of before and after photography to better anticipate your breast asymmetry correction outcomes.