Can You Fix Uneven Breasts Without Implants?

Correcting asymmetrical breasts is a common goal for women seeking breast surgery. The surgical correction that comes to mind is inserting two different-sized breast implants to create balance, and breast augmentation with implants is a proven solution to fixing uneven breasts. However, it’s not the only option.

If your breasts are relatively equal in size but unevenly shaped, a breast lift can help recontour natural tissue and achieve an aesthetically pleasing shape without significantly affecting breast size. Or if one breast is considerably larger than the other, implants are a viable solution.

Here Dr. Stephen Bresnick explains how different breast procedures can help achieve more symmetrical breasts.

What Causes Uneven Breasts?

Having asymmetrical breasts is common, especially during adolescent breast development. This imbalance typically resolves by the time female breasts fully develop. However, twenty-five percent of women have experienced some breast asymmetry, which is normal and not usually indicative of an underlying condition.

But there are additional asymmetrical breast causes, including:


Breast asymmetry is commonly resolved when breasts are fully developed, typically by age eighteen. However, the degree of final breast asymmetry cannot be determined until this time.

Normal Variation

About twenty-five percent of women will have lasting asymmetry into adulthood.

Prepubescent Injury

Breast tissue trauma before full development can lead to breast asymmetry in adulthood. In addition, infection or radiation to one breast or possible injuries might lead to asymmetric breast growth.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Having children is a beautiful endeavor and gives most women a sense of love and joy. But pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause havoc to breast firmness and symmetry.

Weight Fluctuations

Gaining or losing weight can cause breast shape and firmness to diminish and affect the balance between your breasts.

Other Causes

Skeletal abnormality—Breasts may be uneven because of bone abnormalities in the spine or ribs. Rib abnormalities, like fractures or deformities, may alter the chest wall shape, leading to asymmetry.

Curved spine—Scoliosis occurs when the spine has a severe curve and rotates the torso. This condition can cause the appearance of breast asymmetry even if the breasts are the same size.

Surgical alterations—Common breast cancer treatments: mastectomy—breast removal. Lumpectomy—portion of breast tissue removal.

Does Breast Augmentation Fix Breast Asymmetry?

Breast augmentation is one of the best ways to correct uneven breasts. The procedure typically uses implants for the smaller breast size, creating a more balanced appearance. Breast implants can correct minimal to moderate asymmetry, and the procedure can be customized to address your needs. When the difference is significant or involves the breast’s shape or position, breast implants may be combined with a breast lift, which removes excess fat and saggy tissue and reshapes or repositions the breast.

While breast implants are popular among women for breast symmetry, other techniques are available to bring the breasts into balance. For example, if you are satisfied with the size of the smaller breast, Dr. Bresnick can reduce the size of the larger with a breast reduction.

Each woman is unique with unique breast anatomy and unique cosmetic goals. So, the optimal correction for breast asymmetry is subjective and depends on the patient’s needs and goals. Many women choose to fix breast their uneven breasts and tighten breast tissue with a breast lift.

Can a Breast Lift Fix Uneven Breasts?

Many women seek to correct their asymmetrical breasts but are uncomfortable inserting a medical device into their bodies. A breast lift is an excellent correction to create a cosmetically pleasing contour without implants.

A breast lift as a standalone procedure repositions the breasts to create a lifted appearance with a perkier contour, but it doesn’t alter the breasts’ size significantly. So, if your breast imbalance is related to their positions, nipple locations, or shape, a breast lift alone may be all you need to achieve your desired goals.

During breast lift surgery, Dr. Bresnick employs a customized approach based on your body type and degree of breast asymmetry. First, the procedure includes incisions to remove excess skin and tissue in appropriate locations. Next, he tightens and lifts the remaining tissue into position and adjusts the nipple-areola complexes if they are too low.

Breast lift surgery does transform your breast size and shape, and many women have been satisfied with resulting breast symmetry and lift for several years. However, you should remember that the natural aging process and lifestyle choices, such as pregnancy, will continue to affect your breasts. In addition, significant weight loss or gain may also create asymmetric breast tissue. If you require breast revision surgery in the future, you can always contact Dr. Bresnick to refresh your results.

What Are the Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery?

Sagging breasts often go hand in hand with aging, weight fluctuation, and pregnancy. Deflated breasts are unwelcome by most women who wish to keep a youthful shape or age gracefully. Although you can’t stop the natural aging process, a breast lift can help to make the effects of getting older feel less daunting.

We’ve discussed many of the aesthetic benefits of breast lift—correcting breast imbalance, repositioning nipples, and resolving sagging tissues. You may also see improvement in other areas that are more emotional than aesthetic, including:

A Boost to Your Self-Esteem

The effect of breast appearance on your general well-being could be more satisfying than cosmetic improvement.  The outcome can boost your self-esteem as Dr. Bresnick recontours your breasts and tightens their supporting tissues. Firmer, repositioned breasts allow you a broader range of clothes to wear without covering your breasts, whether in casual or formal attire.

The Start of a Healthier Lifestyle

If sagging breasts cause discomfort when you’re active or exercising, a breast lift could prompt a healthier lifestyle. For example, less pain and irritation make it easier to hit the gym or try other physical activities, like jogging or cycling, which was impossible due to breast discomfort.

Improved Physical Well-Being

The aesthetics of deflated breasts isn’t the main problem; however, sagging combined with enlarged breasts can cause chafing and back and neck pain. Instead, a breast reduction combines the benefits of a breast lift with a smaller, more proportionate breast size.

Breast Lift with Implants

Dr. Bresnick can increase cup size, enhance contour, and eliminate loose, sagging tissue by combining a breast lift with augmentation.

Our breast augmentation with lift provides patients with the benefits of both in a single procedure. Most women have some sagging, especially women who’ve had children or lost a significant amount of weight. Pairing these breast procedures improves outcomes and leads to more satisfying results. Other benefits of combining breast augmentation with a lift include:

  • Rejuvenates bustline and increases cup size
  • Lifts and enhances the breasts with fewer incisions for less scarring than if both procedures are performed separately
  • Produces excellent results with a single recovery period
  • Excess breast tissue can accommodate implants, so less tissue removal is necessary
  • Treatments are complementary for a superior outcome

The benefits of combining breast augmentation with a lift only apply to patients who require both treatments. Breast augmentation alone would be best if you only want larger, more symmetrical breasts. If you lift and rejuvenate the breasts but don’t want to increase cup size, choose a breast lift without implants. We only recommend a breast lift with implants if the benefits align with your aesthetic goals.

Choosing the Best Option For You

Each procedure offers its own set of unique advantages and disadvantages. First, you must understand that a breast augmentation focuses on the size and shape of the breast and will not correct drooping breasts. Unlike breast augmentation, a breast lift focuses primarily on breast position and will not increase the size of your bust.

A breast lift is often performed with breast augmentation to restore the breasts to a more youthful position with added volume. In addition, a breast lift with implants will deliver upper breast fullness and reposition sagging breasts and nipple location.

Deciding to alter the appearance of your breasts is a personal choice. However, for your safety and peace of mind, it’s best to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery to achieve the best outcome. When considering plastic surgery, you need an experienced surgeon who is an expert in the field and can show you proof of exceptional results.

Why Dr. Bresnick to Correct Breast Asymmetry

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Bresnick has a unique background and is considered one of the most extensively trained breast surgeons today. He understands breast augmentation is a personal decision, so he conducts an informative yet welcoming consultation in a stress-free environment. 

This personal visit is your opportunity to address your questions or concerns about breast surgery to address breast asymmetry. He encourages his patients to bring photos or images of their desired breast appearance. He also provides a gallery of before and after pictures of breast surgery patients.

Considering your concerns and aesthetic goals, Dr. Bresnick will create a customized treatment plan to achieve the best results. From your initial consultation to follow-up appointments, you can expect attentive, personalized treatment from Dr. Bresnick and his caring team.

Learn More

A consultation will be your first step to choosing between a breast lift, augmentation, or both. Dr. Bresnick is a highly respected breast surgeon in Los Angeles and has helped thousands of women achieve balanced and beautiful breasts. You may be a good candidate for the procedure if:

  • You would like fuller breasts
  • You are in good overall health
  • You are ready to commit to the recovery period
  • You have realistic expectations for your results

If this sounds like you, call our office to learn more about breast augmentation with lift from Dr. Bresnick.

Call (818)-981-3333 to schedule your consultation for breast surgery with Dr. Bresnick.

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