Dr. Carlos Chacon has always been attracted to the world of plastic surgery, thanks in part to the significant advancements the field has made over the years. He sees it as every bit as much an art as it is a science, and in his opinion, to be a great plastic surgeon and not just a good one, you need a distinctive set of skills that not many possess.
Today, Dr. Chacon has over two decades of experience under his belt. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Arizona. During his extensive surgical training, he proudly served as the Chief Resident of the University of California San Francisco Division of Plastic Surgery.
More and more these days, one particular type of procedure he gets many questions about has to do with breast asymmetry correction. As is true with most areas of plastic surgery, it is one that relies on its own unique approach for success.
The Ins and Outs of Breast Asymmetry Correction
To understand how asymmetry correction works, it’s important to learn more about why so many women have asymmetrical breasts.
Breasts begin to develop as soon as a woman reaches puberty. However, natural changes in the development of certain hormones can lead to breasts that develop at different rates. In some cases, one breast can be a full cup size or more than the other one.
Dr. Carlos Chacon notes that, of course, there are other reasons why this may have occurred, too. If a woman has gone through a surgical procedure to remove a tumor or other precancerous mass, or if they’ve had some type of significant bodily injury, they may have been left in a situation where their breasts are asymmetrical. Regardless, having asymmetrical breasts is much more common than many people realize.
Regardless, breast asymmetry correction can happen in a few different ways depending on the woman’s preferences. One of them involves breast reduction surgery with an eye toward symmetry. Any extra breast tissue is removed to reduce the larger breast size until it is more in line with the smaller one. In many ways, it’s no different from more traditional breast reduction surgery, except the procedure only involves one breast instead of two. Or, both can be reduced to a larger degree while still making sure that they are equal in size at the end of the procedure.
The other main way that breast asymmetry is corrected has to do with breast augmentation. This is ideal when a woman would like the smaller of the two breasts to closely match the bigger one. Here, a plastic surgeon will use implants to enlarge the smaller breast size. In some situations, a woman can also choose to have both breasts enlarged equally during the same procedure.
In the end, Dr. Carlos Chacon says that breast asymmetry is something that a lot of women deal with – but there are viable ways to use plastic surgery to correct it should they so choose. Granted, the solutions are not for everyone, as some women prefer to forego the idea of plastic surgery altogether. But for those who want to make these alterations to increase their self-esteem, the plastic surgery field certainly has them covered.