The Most Common Breast Imperfections and How to Fix Them

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Nov 29, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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Life isn’t always perfect, but there’s no reason your breast shouldn’t be? From asymmetry to nipple size, there are a lot of different things about our breasts that can cause us to become insecure or even embarrassed. While all breasts vary in shape and size, we’re discussing the three most common breast imperfections including inverted nipples, asymmetry and sagging. These imperfections may have been present since an early age or developed over time. Luckily, all three have surgical solutions.


Inverted Nipples


Did you know 10-to-20 percent of women have inverted nipples. According to Bustle, that makes them more common than blue or green eyes. A nipple that is more indented than protruding can be considered an inverted nipple. Inverted nipples are the result of the milk ducts being too short to allow the nipple to protrude. The issue often arises in puberty, but can also come later in life. Sometimes, it can occur after pregnancy because of a reduction in breast tissue. For the majority of patients, this condition doesn’t indicate any medical issues. However, if one nipple suddenly inverts later in life, you should check with your doctor as this can sometimes indicate breast cancer.




Inverted nipples can be corrected with a minimally invasive procedure. Often, they are corrected at the time of breast augmentation or a breast lift; however, they can also be corrected as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia.




As with all parts of the body, perfect symmetry is nearly impossible for breasts. Every woman has one breast slightly larger or smaller than the other. The degree of noticeability is what differs. For some women, it isn’t noticeable and for others, it’s very easy to spot. Other causes of asymmetry include hormone changes during puberty that cause an uneven growth. If you have asymmetrical breasts, don’t fear. Stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Keira Knightley have talked openly about their uneven breasts.




There are a variety of methods that can treat noticeable asymmetry. Breast augmentation or breast reduction are both possibilities. You could also remove a small volume from the larger breast during a breast lift. We recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons to find the procedure that is right for you.




Breast sagging can be caused by two main issues: weight loss and breastfeeding. Both create a significant loss of volume, particularly in the upper portion of the breast. Additionally, gravity alone can play a part in sagging breasts.




Mastopexy, or breast lifts, can change the shape of the breast, often shifting the nipple and areola to a higher position. The procedure can also remove excess skin and tighten the surrounding tissue to reshape and contour. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast lift procedures have increased 92 percent since 2000, outpacing breast implants two-to-one. Read more about breast lifts here.

To request a consultation with one of Monarch’s board-certified plastic surgeons, call us at 913-663-3838 or schedule a consultation online today!

Topics: Breast reconstruction, Breast lift

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