Breast Asymmetries: A Working Formulation
Breast asymmetry is an asymmetric morphology of the shape, volume, and position of breasts and/or of the nipple–areola complex. The authors studied breast asymmetries that were classified into six categories. The first set of classifications includes hypertrophy-related breast asymmetry with 1) asymmetric hypertrophy of both breasts, 2) hypertrophy with a normal contralateral breast, and 3) hypertrophy with a hypoplastic contralateral breast. The second group of classifications includes hypoplastic-related breast asymmetry with 4) a normal contralateral breast and 5) a hypoplastic contralateral breast. The final classification is 6) ptosis-related asymmetry. The surgical correction of each is described. The morphologic classification of breast asymmetry is a useful guide for aesthetic surgeons when choosing a surgical approach.
KeywordsContralateral Breast Reduction Mammaplasty Areola Complex Breast Asymmetry Augmentation Mammaplasty
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