Breast asymmetry is unevenness of the breasts, meaning one breast is larger than the other breast. In men, gynecomastia may present in one breast known as unilateral, or gynecomastia may be present in both breast, known as bilateral. The most common gynecomastia diagnosis is when it occurs in both breast at different degrees, this is known as bilateral asymmetry. Glandular tissue can affect the appearance of the size and shape of the breast. The glandular tissue in combination with the breast tissue can change the appearance of the breast, including larger areola in diameter as well as protrusion.
In many cases, men that are suffering with gynecomastia develop insecurities. The insecurities can often lead to low Self Esteem, Depression and social anxiety. This can often interfere with their personal relationships, or in some cases, their day to day relationships.
No two breast are the same. In both men and women, breast will differ in size and shape. In most cases difference is slight and not noticeable to the eye. The degree of the asymmetry can vary in each individual. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will do an exam on the patient to determine if they are a candidate as well as determine the asymmetry of the gynecomastia. A procedure plan must be discussed between the individual and the surgeon prior to having surgery.
The asymmetry conditions can often be corrected to some degree in surgery. It is important to be informed of the realistic expectations from the surgery. Individuals should feel that they have been fully informed and educated by their Plastic Surgeon.
Gynecomastia Correction surgery includes removing both the glandular tissue as well as the fatty breast tissue. When removing the breast tissue, this gives the surgeon the opportunity to equal out the symmetry of the breast. This may include removing more tissue from the larger breast to create the same measurements as the smaller breast. This will give an overall appearance of even and symmetric breast.
Do your research on your surgeon, inquire on how many procedures they have performed and look at before and after photos. Realistic expectations are important. However, the most important thing is patient safety and satisfaction. It is highly recommended that you have a “Board Certified Plastic Surgeon”.