WARNING: The Embarrassing Bodies website contains images of an explicit medical nature and nudity in a medical context.

Conditions

Asymmetric Breasts

Side view showing Asymmetric Breasts

It’s widely accepted that few women on the planet can boast a pair of identically sized breasts. In fact, slight asymmetry is considered the norm. However, while this anatomical nuance is of little concern to the majority of women, there are some for whom the size difference is so pronounced that it impacts heavily on their body image and can seriously affect their self-esteem. The term ‘Asymmetric Breasts’ usually refers to breasts that differ in size by at least one cup size, which may become noticeable during puberty as the breast tissue starts to develop. Subsequently, as the years progress, the asymmetry may become more obvious to the point were it is unflattering and even embarrassing for a woman. However, asymmetric breasts can be easily rectified thanks to the latest advances in cosmetic surgery, where the breasts can be corrected by either enlarging the smaller one with implants or reducing the larger one.

Watch the Live from the Clinic interactive case video on asymmetric breasts >

Comments and Questions

The EB doctors have been looking at your comments and have answered some of the common questions below. Remember that it is always best to check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

You can share your experiences and thoughts with other Embarrassing Bodies site-users below. Comments & Questions are reviewed by moderators, but if you see anything on the site that worries you, please report it and one of our moderators will look at it as soon as possible.
Please note: Unfortunately Channel 4 cannot respond to individual inquiries. If you have any concerns, you can check out NHS Choices, but ultimately it is always best to check with a health professional.

I am almost 17, and ever since i started puberty I have had different sized breasts. People used to make fun of me for it, and its just gotten worse. At the moment one is a full D/almost DD and the other is a C. I'm very self conscious and it really effects my self esteem. Will they even out or will Inneed corrective surgery?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I'm 34yrs old and my left breast has always been bigger then the right. The issue I'm having is after 4children and some yrs it has become 2 cup sizes bigger and is very noticeable . will it continue to grow or will it stop and if I have the surgery won't it just bigger again or is that it. Also will my insur pay for the surgery





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I'm 15 and this is just starting to happen. Is there a chance it could even out? I really don't want to deal with it even though it happens to many people. It's really stressing me out. :(





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Im 19 i started noticing my left breast is noticeably larger than the right. It effects my confidence especially since i want to go into show business. I am worried that the only option might be surgery and am worried about scars or any lasting effects. Its got to the point where when I get dressed in the morning i have to check and if its noticeable i wear something else.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I am 19 and I have the same problem too. My right breast is D and left is C. They used to be really symetrical, but then the right breast started to grow very fast and now you can see the difference, so I am embarrassed to get naked. I want to have a surgery, I really want them to be the same size, but I can still feel that the smaller one is growing and maybe they will end up being the same, but how long it will take? I just don´t want to wait too long, it makes me feel so uncomfortable.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Im 16 turning 17 and I've been having this problem for the past 2 years and my left boob (bigger one) has just continued to grow bigger. to this day the left one is double D and my right is only about an a/b :( my self motivation is so low about this issue. my friends now and my boyfriend and they don't seem to mind and I feel like my friends don't really understand fully of how much I cry every time I see it in the mirror. I use those chicken filet things to fill out my bra when im wear tops which I use about 3 but I still feel upset about them. is there any other way to increase the smaller boob without plastic surgery because I have to wait till im 18 to do anything to it. PLEASE HELP :(





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I had the same issue. When I was 12, my doctor told me that I would grow out of it because as I grow older, my breasts should match up. Well, that never happened and I am now recovering from my breast lift / augmentation at the age of 24 years old. It's been a few weeks since my surgery and I FINALLY feel like I have "normal" breasts. I know this isn't really the answer you want to hear, but surgery is really your best option. Your surgeon will make them look GREAT! to whatever size you want them to be. If I were you, I'd look around to see if there are any surgeons that will operate on you being 16. If not, I highly recommend you just hang in there, keep doing what you're doing to feel more comfortable in them, but as soon as you turn 18 get the surgery. You will be SO happy.

I feel everyone aboves pain at 14 I was an a cup and an e cup. I had corrective surgery the Dr told me to go with a D because I was "chunky". I then had to have the larger side further reduced at 18 and the implant replaced. Then at 21 I had encapsulation of the dude I had implanted abd had to have over a pound of scar tissue removed. I'm now 35 and have been suffering constant pain abd gave to have surgery again. I suggest for anyone going through this to just reduce the larger side. The cost the telling the story over and over again. Emotional and physical pain If I had known I would have just reduced the larger side and been done with it . good luck to anyone going through this. @





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

See I'm so worried about surgery because there could be complications.I'm 20 yrs old and my left breast is a D while my right is a B. I was picked on alot and now I'm so self conscious about it. I've never had a boyfriend because I don't like my body. Idk what to do.

Im 16 & have this problem too! Im still comfortable with my body and stuff, but its so noticable :( my left is a b or a c and my right breast is a small a, i can literally see the differemce even with a bra on. It looks like a deflated baloon its so ugly. My boyfriend has seen me naked before obviously but i think he can tell the difference too because when we're fooling around in the bedroom, he only plays with the larger one and pretends the smaller one isnt there. Makes me feel so uncomfortable. The larger breast like swells out of my bra whole the other one has a huge gap in my bra, & im only wearing a 34B which is supposed to be in the middle :(





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I'm 15 years old and I have the exact same problem as you; my left breast is probably a 34B whilst my right one is hardly noticeable :( every time I look at myself in the mirror I'm so embarrassed by the way my left one is too big for my bra, but there's so much space in my right one. I can't go bra shopping like all my friends because I'm too embarrassd to and I don't even know what bra size to get because it'll either be too big for my right or too small for my left :( and plus I'm really worried I won't grow anymore and I'll be stuck this size forever- I feel so flat chested :( just wanted to let you know that you're not alone!!

I am 17 years old, and im suffer with this ok.. my right breast is bigger than the other one.I've been suffer this since i was 14 year old.. i stress about this everyday of my life. I wish this didn't happen to me. I want to be normal :(. I need help i got a boyfriend, i just dont know how to tell him. I dont want to scare him off.what should i do.?? I haven't told anyone ..not even my family. Im scared to talk to anyone about this. I thought i was only one like this till i found this site.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Sweetheart I am 44 yrs old and I have a size A cup and a size c . I was always scared to tell or show my breasts to boyfriends . Sense I was 15 I have had over 10 guys look at my breasts and not one had a problem with it. Some it even turned them on. Besides guys love it when there is something wrong with his woman it makes him feel less insecure about things wrong with him . Because trust me he is only thinking about his own flaws.

Don't be afraid to tell family. I was mortified but they helped me make special bras. Deal with anything I needed. And trust me you may be ashamed but don't be honestly I don't think if a man loves you he will care. But I can relate. But there are options. If you need suggestions let me know. Keep your head up 😊

It appears to me that we all are normal. We all seem to have this issue. Just remember that you aren't alone and people will love you no matter what :)

m a 23 year old and blv me when I say that problem I have it.is something that stopping me to have the life that I wanna live.like for instance I can't even undress in front of my bf because is emberasing in a way.m not happy at all bcoz the problem is talking over my life





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Im 17 years old I am in the same place as you. I cant get dress in front my boyfriend either. I am embarrass of my body i can't go swim. I dont like showing off my body, cant wear all the nice clothing that i would wear. Its taking over my life. It stressful to look at myself and realize every time i get up and get dressed i gotta look it how clothing i wanna to wear i can. Because i dont wanna tell and show anyone:(





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.



Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

It looks like no one else has asked this question, so please fill in the rest of your details below.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.



Please don't swear or be rude in your questions, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting questions. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines


Important Notice

The information provided on this website (including any NHS Choices medical information) is for use as information or for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. We do not warrant that any information included within this site will meet your health or medical requirements. This Embarrassing Bodies site does not provide any medical or diagnostic services so you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.


If you want to embed our videos in your site, read our embedding T&Cs here


More Information

  1. How To Check Your Breasts

    In Videos - Dr Dawn Harper explains how to self check your boobs for breast can…

  2. Consultation: Gynaecomastia

    In Videos - Dr Jessen treats a man who's rapid weight loss has left him with fo…

  3. Consultation: Breast Reduction

    In Videos - A patient comes to see Dr Harper with enormous 36JJ Breasts that ar…

  4. Am I Normal Breasts

    In Videos - Dr Dawn Harper discusses breast development amongst teenage girls,…

  5. Doctor Responses: Breasts

    In Videos - Dr Pixie answers your most frequently asked questions about breasts.

  6. Consultation: Breast Realignment

    In Videos - Dr McKenna examines a patient who has reached the end of her tether…

  7. Am I Normal?

    In Episodes - Episode 2 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies looks at conditions includ…

  8. Consultation: Asymmetrical Breasts

    In Videos - Dr Dawn Harper examines a patient with asymmetrical breasts

  9. In Detail: Sagging Breasts

    In Videos - An in detail look at the operation to correct a pair of sagging bre…

  10. Bodies Behaving Badly

    In Episodes - Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions includ…

  11. In Detail: Breast and Nipple Reconstruction

    In Videos - An in detail look at an operation to reconstruct a breast post-mast…

  12. Breasts

    In Episodes - In this second of four specials, the Embarrassing Illnesses doctors…

  13. Teens Below the Belt

    In Episodes - Episode 4 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies tackles conditions includi…

  14. Boys, Boys, Boys

    In Episodes - Episode 3 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies takes a closer look at bin…

  15. Consultation: Breast Reconstruction

    In Videos - Dr Jessen treats a breasts cancer survivor who wants to receive an…


Help Beat Cancer

Download our free mobile game to help Reverse The Odds in the fight against cancer.

Available on App Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store >