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Our bodies are not symmetrical and therefore it is quite normal for a woman to have two slightly different sized or shaped breasts.

There are times however, where the difference in size and shape of the breasts is significant (asymmetric breasts) and this can cause embarrassment and affect self-confidence. Surgery can be performed to correct this. The aim is to match both breasts in size and shape either by making the larger breast smaller or the smaller breast larger.

Every case is different and the surgical techniques used will depend on a number of factors which Dr Vlad Milovic will discuss with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it right for me?

As a skilled plastic surgeon, Dr Milovic will determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery to improve breast symmetry. If you have breasts that are significantly different in size and shape, you are self-conscious and unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, you’re a non-smoker (or you’re prepared to give up smoking for at least six weeks prior to and after your surgery), you’re mentally and physically healthy, and you understand the surgical procedure for correcting breast asymmetry, you should qualify. Dr Milovic will discuss all options available with you, prior to making your decision about surgery.

Dr Milovic will provide a clinical and 3D volumetric assessment of the asymmetry and tailor the treatment according to your desired aesthetic goals. It is essential to expect realistic results and Dr Milovic will discuss with you what can be achieved with your anatomy.

Will I need anaesthesia?

Surgery is generally done under general anaesthesia.

Modern anaesthesia is safe and effective, but it does have some risks. Ask Dr Milovic and your Anaesthetist for more information. You can be assured that Dr Milovic will engage the services of a qualified Anaesthetist who is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) to perform your sedation or general anaesthesia.

Dr Milovic and/or your anaesthetist will ask you about your general health, all the medications you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have. Please make sure you have an up-to-date list before the surgery.

Will I have scarring?

There will always be scarring after any surgical procedure–there can be no guarantee for a perfect outcome. Your healing process will determine the outcome of scarring after surgery, but it is Dr Milovic’s objective to minimise the scarring as much as possible. After surgery the scars are typically reddish in colour, but these should fade in time to a light pink. After one or two years the scars may become barely noticeable. In our experience, most of our patients believe that the aesthetic results of the procedure are well worth the scars!

If scarring is a concern for you after surgery, Dr Milovic will provide you with a scar treatment plan to expedite the healing of your scars. There are several treatment options including silicone gel and laser treatment.

We have the Palomar® Artisan laser system, which is proven to give excellent results for scar reduction. Laser offers a non-invasive solution that uses fractional laser technology to deliver rapid, reliable scar removal with minimal healing time, minimal infection risk, and little to no pain.

Where will the surgery take place?

Depending upon your general health and the extent of the procedure, breast asymmetry surgery will require an overnight hospital stay. Dr Milovic will only perform your breast asymmetry surgery in safe, accredited operating facilities.

What is the recovery period after breast asymmetry surgery?

You will be in pain for a few days after surgery; however, these symptoms are common and pain medication will help to reduce the discomfort. Discolouration and swelling of the breasts are to be expected for a few weeks after surgery. Dr Milovic recommends that you take at least ten days off post-surgery and avoid physical activity that requires lifting or raising the arms. Gentle stretching can prove beneficial and exercise, such as walking, can commence within seven days. Most patients return to work after two weeks, unless their occupation involves strenuous movements—then a period of at least three to four weeks is recommended. You will be given post-surgery instructions to follow and if you have any doubts please speak to Dr Milovic and/or his Practice Nurse.

Will I be able to breastfeed after breast asymmetry surgery?

There is no absolute answer to this question. Many women successfully breastfeed after surgery, but some don’t. The outcome will depend largely on the technique used to correct your breast asymmetry and Dr Milovic will discuss your expectations and goals with you prior to your decision to have the surgery.

Can my nipples lose sensitivity?

There is that possibility, as some breast asymmetry surgical techniques involve incisions around the nipples. Nerves should regain their function although the process is slow, and therefore, you should expect a period of at least two years before sensitivity returns to normal or near normal. If this does not happen within that time, sensitivity will most likely not return and you should understand and discuss these limitations with Dr Milovic, before electing to have breast asymmetry surgery.

What are the costs?

Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery, but it should not be the only consideration. You have the right to be informed about the costs you can expect before you have your surgery. This is called ‘informed financial consent’.

Costs associated with the procedure may include:

After your initial consultation with Dr Milovic, you will receive a written estimate of fees and an information pack to read before your second pre-surgery appointment. The second appointment is free of charge. Once you book your surgery, you will also see our staff who will take your pre-operative photos and measurements for your compression bra(s).

As Dr Milovic personalises each procedure for each patient, we are unable to provide you with a price estimate or “ball park” price range without first meeting Dr Milovic at an initial consultation and after he considers you to be a good surgical candidate.

Please note that your satisfaction involves more than just a fee. When choosing a surgeon for your cosmetic surgery, remember that factors such as the surgeon’s training, qualifications, experience, and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery