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Asymmetric Breasts

Side view showing Asymmetric Breasts

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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.

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I'm 16 and the oddness of my breast really make me feel insecure. They're not too noticeable depending on what I'm wearing but it still makes me self conscious. I only noticed the different in my breast about 2 years ago. Whenever I tell close family members or friends they just tell me it's normal but I don't think it is. The reason I think this is because the areola of my breast on the right side I bigger(with the bigger breast) than the left side where the areola is smaller. Please help/advise me?





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Im 16 my left breast is a DD and my right is a B this is very embarrassing ive had comments about it before and i.cant wear certain clothes because of.this its.so.embarrasing its been.this.way for a couple years and i always.thought they would even themselves out but i.guess.not :(





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I am 18 and have had odd sized boobs for a while now. It makes me so self conscious and I hate my boyfriend seeing my breasts. I am wanting surgery to fix it but not sure how much it would be or how to go about it. Love to have some comments back!





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I am 15 years old and my left boob is a B and my right is an E. Everyone laughs at me and points out my uneven breasts and I hate it so much! I can't wear tight tops and anything showing cleavage because my left boob is a lot smaller. I was wondering if it is possible for my to get surgery to make the left one the same size as the right? Would the Nhs do a free breast operation for me because of the difference and it's getting me down every day. I hate my selve because of it :( I've read loads of things that say they will even out. But mine look like they definitely will not! Need some help ASAP!!!!! :( I'm not sure how to tell my mum I want surgery too :(





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I am 13 years old someone please help me find out what I need to do. I had my period at age 11. Later on my breast started developing. My left breast is a B cup while my right is still flat. I think I have Poland syndrome but I'm not sure. I am strongly thinking about breast implants but my doctor says "it's normal" at school I have to wear extra padding a into my right side so it will look fine and no one will suspect anything. Thank you for your time.





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I'm also 13 and I have the exact same problem it's normal

I'm 22 and my left breast is about a cup or 2 bigger than my right- my right being a D/DD and my left being about an E. I'm lucky that it's not too noticeable when wearing a bra, but when not you can very much tell. I get very paranoid that I had breast cancer but it's not been a sudden change, they've been like this for the past couple of years, so around the same time my breasts stopped growing. After reading this feed its made me feel better that other women of similar ages have the same problem.





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I'm 17 and have had this problem since I was 13 I wasn't so worried at first as I thought they may even out but unfortunately it has not happened my left breast is about a C cup and my right does not have much tissue at all so about an A I am very self conscious about it I can't even go bra shopping without breaking down in tears that I don't feel normal even certain clothes I can't wear because it's so obvious I just don't feel good about myself in anyway and the cost to get an implant is just too much i don't have that kind of money but I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one and with support I have had from my family I'm really greatful but still feel self conscious all the time!! If I wear I bikini which is hardly ever I try and pick ones which won't make it obvious but still makes me feel terrible about myself and I am considering having an implant but has anyone had it done? I'm so terrified of surgery and worried of what will happen and is it worth the cost?





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I'm 17 and have had this problem since I was 13 I wasn't so worried at first as I thought they may even out but unfortunately it has not happened I am very self conscious about it when I used to go to school and get changed for pe girls used to stare as they were so obvious and made feel terrible I can't even go bra shopping without breaking down in tears that I don't feel normal but I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one and with support I have had from my family I'm really greatful but still feel self conscious in a bikini I try and pick ones which won't make it obvious and I am considering having an implant but has anyone had it done? I'm so terrified of surgery and worried of what will happen and is it worth the cost?





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I'm 22 and have always had this problem but always had the hope that they would even out. Now i'm 22 I have lost this hope. I would say there is at least two cup sizes difference, and although I fill the smaller cup with a couple of 'silicone inserts' I am so self conscious about it and no longer go swimming etc due to being unable to use the inserts. I am going to go to the Dr next week to speak about options etc, but am terrified at the thought of surgery. It's great to read through your comments and see that I'm not the only one to feel like this.





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I am 15 and I started noticing that my left breast was larger when I was 12. It started off very subtle but as time progressed it became obvious. My left breast is a C and my right is barely an A. I'm very thin so I naturally have small breasts, I just wish they were even. I can't wear the bathing suits I want and I'm embarrassed especially since people have actually commented on my uneven breasts before. I tried massaging like crazy and it just doesn't work for me. Any help and advice would really be appreciated. Thanks.





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