Easy aesthetic surgery to solve breast asymmetry

Written by: Ms Gael MacLean
Published: | Updated: 17/11/2023
Edited by: Aoife Maguire

The vast majority of women have uneven breasts to some degree. In general, it is accepted as being natural. However, in some cases, this natural breast asymmetry is more marked and noticeable, and is an issue for the patient.


Renowned consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon Ms Gael M MacLean explains how breast asymmetry can be treated and what to expect from surgery.



How does breast asymmetry affect a woman?


Breast asymmetry can create psychological issues, including low self-esteem, since the difference in shape and size between the two uneven breasts can be very evident in bathing suits and even in regular clothes. It can also be a source of insecurity in personal and sexual relationships.


In this situation, many women live with these anxieties because they do not know there are potential solutions to their breast asymmetry.


How can breast asymmetry be treated?


It is very important to know that each case of breast asymmetry is different; some patients will benefit from breast prostheses of different sizes in each breast, or just one breast, while other patients will require deeper surgery on their mammary gland, and others will obtain better results with a reduction or elevation of their breast. In general, each case of breast asymmetry correction is different.


This is because breast asymmetry can have different causes that should be treated as needed. That is why it is very important to consult with a plastic surgery specialist who can diagnose exactly what type of problem should be treated in each particular patient.


What results can I expect from breast asymmetry surgery?


The key to achieving a good result is, in many cases, the correct diagnosis. For this, we currently have state-of-the-art imaging tools that enable us to calculate the differences in shape and volume between the two uneven breasts. This analysis allows us to plan the surgery very precisely so as to achieve the most satisfactory result possible.


What is the best time to undergo breast asymmetry surgery?


This depends on the cause of the breast asymmetry, as there are many possible causes. In general, we should wait until the chest has fully developed, around the age of 18, to undertake the aesthetic surgery. However, there are some diseases such as Poland Syndrome that affect the development of the woman's breast from the very beginning of puberty and then, in my opinion, it is advisable to treat it right away.


In summary, breast asymmetry is a source of anxiety and insecurity in many women, but in most cases, there is a solution. In any case, it is important to consult a specialist and, together, to agree on a plan of action.



If you are considering breast asymmetry surgery and you would like to book a consultation with Ms MacLean, simply visit her Top Doctors profile today.

By Ms Gael MacLean

Ms Gael M MacLean is a leading consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon based in Oxford. With over 8 years of consultant surgeon experience, Ms MacLean specialises in oncoplastic surgery, axillary surgery, male breast cancer surgery, immediate reconstruction for breast cancer, symmetrising breast reduction after breast cancer surgery, mastopexy, mastectomy, as well as breast reconstruction with implants.

Ms MacLean received her MBBS from King’s College, London before going on to complete her surgical training at various hospitals across the UK, including Reading, London, and Oxford. She is also a member of Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In addition to her training in the UK, Ms MacLean has also completed a fellowship in breast reconstruction surgery at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. She has been a consultant surgeon in the NHS since 2014. 

Ms Maclean is an expert in oncoplastic breast surgery, with extensive experience in a wide range of procedures. She currently runs private clinics at GenesisCare Orion House (Diagnostic Centre) in Oxford. She is also a consultant oncoplastic surgeon at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and she was head of the Breast Surgery Department throughout the COVID pandemic.

Ms MacLean has extensive experience in surgical education. She was the first Honorary Secretary of the prestigious Faculty of Surgical Trainers at the Royal College of Surgeons. Ms MacLean has also lectured on surgical training internationally. She has published several medical articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, on topics such as therapeutic mammoplasties, lymphoedema and diagnosis of potentially malignant lesions. 

Ms MacLean offers 'one stop' breast clinics at both The Manor Hospital and Genesis Care both in Oxford. In these clinics imaging (mammography and ultrasound) is available at the same time as your consultation. Ms MacLean works with consultant radiology doctors in these clinics providing excellent care and allowing rapid diagnosis.

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