Breast Asymmetry Correction
Many women have, to some degree, asymmetry of the breasts. For most, the difference in size is quite minimal, and barely noticed. For others, the difference is significant and can cause serious emotional distress. Breast Asymmetry Correction surgery can help to restore confidence by improving the appearance of uneven breasts.
Educate Yourself on Your Procedure
Breast correction surgery is more common than it has ever been. If you are a patient considering a breast asymmetry correction procedure, please explore the links provided for further information on this procedure and what you can expect. If you have any questions about breast asymmetry correction, or any of our other procedures, please contact us.
What are the Benefits of Breast Asymmetry Correction?
Breast Asymmetry Correction patients often pursue surgery in order to correct a number of issues including:
- Breast asymmetry
- Correct breast irregularities (nipples, areola, balance etc.)
- Improve overall appearance of breasts
- Difficulty fitting into clothing or bras
- Alleviate emotional distress
- Improve confidence
Like the thousands of women who undergo this procedure every year, you too can acquire the proportional measurements you’ve always wanted, and gain the confidence you deserve.
Preparing for Your Breast Asymmetry Correction Procedure
What is the first step in pursuing the breast asymmetry correction procedure?
The first step when considering breast asymmetry correction surgery is to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Barr. The consultation process provides an opportunity for you to obtain important information about the procedure and to have all of your questions answered prior to proceeding with surgery. It also enables Dr. Barr to properly assess you and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for breast asymmetry correction surgery.
You should be prepared to discuss your medical history, including any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries including breast biopsies, all current medications, as well as any significant weight gain or loss.
During your consultation you will be asked about your desired breast size as well as any additional characteristics of your breasts that you would like to see improved. Dr. Barr will carefully assess your breast size and shape, tissue characteristics and placement of nipples and areolas. Measurements and pre-operative photographs will also be taken. He will evaluate your general health and explain which surgical approaches are best suited for you based on the size of your breasts, body type and aesthetic goals.
The benefits, risks and potential complications associated with breast asymmetry correction surgery will be thoroughly explained during this consultation. The information provided at this initial consultation will be comprehensive and thorough, and should enable you to make an informed decision as to whether or not breast augmentation is the right choice for you. A comprehensive instruction package will also be provided to you at the time of consultation, and includes instructions for before and after surgery.
Am I a candidate for a breast asymmetry correction procedure
The ideal candidates for a breast asymmetry correction procedure are healthy women who have realistic expectations of surgical outcomes. You may be a good candidate for a breast correction procedure if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Breasts that are uneven (asymmetrical breasts)
- Self conscious about the shape and size of the areola or nipple position
- Dissatisfaction or self-consciousness about the size of your breasts
Will my breasts stay the size they are after surgery?
Results achieved with breast asymmetry correction surgery are often permanent, although a significant weight gain can result in enlargement and hypertrophy of the breast tissue. Weight maintenance and a reasonable amount of exercise should prevent recurrent enlargement of the breast following breast correction surgery.
Can I combine another surgery with my breast asymmetry correction procedure?
It may be possible to schedule another surgery at the same time as your breast asymmetry correction procedure. You should be prepared to discuss all possibilities during your consultation with Dr. Barr.
What will I need to do prior to surgery?
Prior to surgery you will be scheduled for a pre-op session with a Registered Nurse to review your medical history and your post-op instructions. She will review all of the information required in order to prepare yourself for surgery.
Where will my breast asymmetry correction surgery be performed?
Your breast correction procedure will be performed within the state-of-the-art facilities of Barr Plastic Surgery, located within the Northern Ontario Surgical Centre.
The Northern Ontario Surgical Centre has been awarded accreditation by the CAAASF (Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) for meeting the standards of a hospital in regards to monitoring, emergency and resuscitation equipment. With two levels and entrances that conceal the actual size of the facility, the centre itself spans 8000 square feet and incorporates fully equipped major and minor operating rooms, a monitored multi-bed recovery area, 10 laser and treatment rooms, spacious consultation areas, private offices to discuss financing options, elegant waiting areas and a private waiting room and secure rear entrance/exit for additional privacy when desired.
How is a breast asymmetry correction procedure performed?
It is Dr. Barr’s primary concern to ensure you receive the optimal surgical changes desired to best suit your individual needs and aesthetic goals. There are many options to correct breast asymmetry. The appropriate procedure will depend on several factors including how you want to balance the breasts. You may choose to augment or enlarge the smaller breast to mimic the larger one, or reduce the size of the larger breast to match the smaller one. Sometimes concurrent procedures are necessary to improve asymmetry and may include an implant in the smaller breast and a reduction or lift of the larger breast. All options will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Barr.
Who will administer the anaesthetic?
A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer your anaesthetic, stay with you during the entire operation, and will be there as you wake up.
Who can I contact if I have any questions or concerns?
During office hours our patient coordinators and nursing staff are available to answer any questions or concerns following your surgery. After hours, Dr. Barr is available by pager.
How much does a breast asymmetry correction procedure cost?
Pricing for your procedure will depend on the type of procedure needed to correct your breast asymmetry, and will be provided to you during your consultation. Some patients may require a breast reduction on one breast to match the smaller breast, while other patients may select a breast implant to match the larger breast. Sometimes concurrent procedures are necessary to improve asymmetry and may include an implant in the smaller breast and a reduction or lift of the larger breast. It is possible that OHIP may cover a portion of your procedure if there is more than a two cup size difference in your breasts.
Patients choosing to invest in their self-confidence and happiness through cosmetic surgery have many options available to make this investment more manageable. Our Patient Coordinators are familiar with various payment options and can facilitate the process for you.
Is full payment required or do you offer a financing plan?
Affording your procedure can be made simpler by using a medical/dental financing company which enables you to pay for your surgery with monthly payments. Note that these companies are not affiliated in any way with Barr Plastic Surgery.
For more information on how financing companies can help you afford your procedure, visit:
- Fax, online, phone application
- Approval within 1 business day
- Payment terms: 6 months to 5 years
- No down payment
- Rates based on overall credit history (11.9% – 25%)
- No penalties for early payments
Is my procedure covered by insurance?
It is possible that provincial health insurance such as OHIP can cover a portion of your procedure if there is more than a two cup size difference in your breasts. More information about the coverage eligibility of your surgery can be obtained during the consultation process.
What is included in the surgical fee?
The facility fee, surgeon, nurses, anaesthesia and anaesthetist, surgical supplies, and equipment used are all covered in the fees.
You will also be provided with prescriptions for medications to be taken after surgery. These prescriptions are subject to the same coverage you would receive from your medical insurance. If you do not have personal insurance, these medications will be at an additional cost to you.
Is a deposit required? When is it due?
There is a $500 deposit for any surgery under $5,000, a $1000 deposit for any surgery over $5000, and a $2500 deposit for any surgery over $10,000.
This deposit is payable upon scheduling a surgery date. This fee is non-refundable should you change, reschedule or cancel your surgery within 4 weeks of the surgery date.
When is payment for the surgery due?
Payment for your surgery is due 14 days prior to your surgery date. Payment can be made by:
- Certified Cheques
- Mastercard or VISA
- Financing plan
Will I need to stay overnight following my surgery?
Breast asymmetry surgery is an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay. Following your surgery you will need a friend or family member to pick you up and care for you for 24-48 hours. This person should be familiar with your prescriptions and post-surgery instructions.
How long will it take me to recover from my breast asymmetry correction procedure?
Each recovery from breast asymmetry correction will vary depending on the type of procedure or procedures that are used to correct your condition. You will receive information on your recovery and what you can expect during your consultation once your treatment plan has been detailed for you.
Will there be any loss of sensation in my breasts?
Due to the swelling after surgery there will be some loss of feeling in your nipples and breasts. This altered sensation subsides as swelling decreases over the next few weeks. However, in some patients, this numbness may last upwards of a year, and in some cases it may be permanent.
Will I have scarring?
Dr. Barr takes every precaution to ensure your scarring is as minimal as possible. However, as with any surgery, there is risk of scarring from the incisions. Once your incisions have healed there are products that can be used to minimize the redness in scars as well as improve their texture. Reusable silicone strips, as well as medical grade topical scar creams, can be purchased to reduce the discolouration found in new scars. Various precautions to minimize scarring will be discussed during consultation.