Anisomastia or asymmetry of the breasts is the visible difference in size, shape or position between the two breasts.

Small differences between the two breasts are often seen in many women and are difficult to perceive. These differences are considered normal and are not characterized as anomalies. It is estimated that more than half of the female population exhibits morphological differences in the breasts without significant aesthetic impact.

Anisomastia may be:

  • congenital
    • simple
    • in the context of a syndrome such as Poland syndrome
  • acquired, due to various conditions or surgical procedures: cysts or tumors excision, lumpectomy or mastectomy

A special case of asymmetry is the “tubular breast“. It is a rare disorder of breast morphology during its development.

The tubular breast exhibits:

  • a narrow base
  • hypoplasia
  • a high and a small submammary fold
  • the breast areola projects protruding

The treatment is surgical and the Plastic Surgeon is called to correct breast morphology, size and asymmetry with various techniques as appropriate.

Surgical Treatment

Small anomalies can be treated by autologous lipo-transplantation, lipofilling. With this technique, we draw fat from the abdomen or thighs and, after proper preparation, we inject it with small cannula to the smaller breast.

In a larger anisomastia, treatment may include various combinations of breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation.

In any case, the Plastic Surgeon has the ability, using sophisticated techniques, to correct all the asymmetries and defects appearing in the breasts, contributing to the dramatic improvement of the woman’s appearance as well as the immediate positive change in her psychology.