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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 17 and one of my breast are bigger than the other this makes me feel insecure.Also certain clothes makes it more noticeable.My right breast keeps on growing but my left breast is not growing. Please can I have some advice ?.





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I'm 31 with four children I have been going through a terrible time with my assymetry breast I only thought my one breast was one size difference but after years of putting up with this problem I bit bullet an went to see my gp was referred to breast clinic to be told I had 2 sizes difference I was then told that I can get it sorted on nhs I jumped and cried for joy. Then few weeks later has a letter to day I can't have it done as my bmi to high I was gutted an still am I'm on antidepressants cos I'm so down feel so deformed and don't want to go on like this want to feel and look like a woman plz help I'm desperate





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My Daughter needs someone to talk too about this subject, I am so sad and angry I feel so desperately sorry or all the girls posting on here, my daughter is size double D on one side and B on the other, she has already been rejected from hospital as they said it is cosmetic not a medical emergency. we all feel like she has ben abandoned as I'm sure all these other young ladies feel, we have moved home to try and get help from another county, so far they have said they will only help if she is in physical pain, they have not taken into consideration the mental pain she has had to endure, there has been many occasions of self halm, besides the wasted school years she had due to bullying, she is now a virtual recluse.





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I had/have the same issue as your daughter. I found a way to help boost my self esteem was inverting 3 push-ups in to my bra (for the smaller boob) -sometimes called chicken fillets. It makes them look less noticeable to others. I invested in a silicone set so that I can also wear them when swimming athough I'm only comfortable wearing some times of swimwear so most of them are like bras. But overall, this was a huge improvement for my self. My mum has pressured me to push to get surgery when I'm not sure that's what I want for my self so you may want to check with your smdaughter what she wants. Btw getting a therapist to talk to about body image and stuff can help them push for the surgery if that's what she wants. Hope this helps and if you need anything else I'd gladly help

I am now 20 years old and I'm just coming through the other side of having to have breast surgery due to breast asymmetry. I feel I have been through an expierience which I now feel I should share as I remember myself being 15 and looking through these sites panicking about what to do and crying myself to sleep each night. I remember constantly telling my mum that my breasts were different sizes - only one of them had developed. Her answer was often the fact that one will catch up with the other - you're only 15! I remember being 16 and still saying that only one of my breasts was growing, until my mum said She wanted to see. It took a lot of confidence for me to show her. I remember showing her and expecting her to say that it was fine, it's normal. Instead she looked at me and said 'I'll phone the doctor' and I cried. So did she in fact! We went to the doctors and I told the doctor my problem - I had never been so nervous. She gave me the talk saying that most girls have this problem and I felt like I was wasting her time. I showed the doctor - again plucking up a lot of courage - and she felt bad for me. Her attitude had completely changed. She told me the only solution was surgery and I was so upset. I cried and cried. She also sent me to see a surgeon as well she offered me the opportunity to talk to someone - which I did not take (I strongly feel I should have done). My dad was very supportive: at first I didn't want him to know, but he really made me feel better about the situation. I went to see a surgeon who was brilliant. He went through different options, however I was only 16 and you are only able to have breast surgery on the nhs in England when you turn 18. After a long wait, just before I turned 18, I went back to see the doctor. Again explaining everything with the same response... Making me feel like I was wasting her time. After seeing my breasts she referred me to a clinic where I was examined and scanned to see whether my breast size difference was enough that I was able to get funding from the Nhs. My left breast was an a/b and my right was a d. I was told that to be able to get this funding there had to be an 30 percent difference. My results came back and there was a 59 or so percent difference as I remember. I was then referred to the hospital and months later I was given an appointment to see a surgeon. From there we worked out what surgery I would have. I decided to have my right breast reduced, and a balloon expander placed into my left breast along with a fat transfer, where fat from the stomach is taken and inserted into the left breast (there is a good thing that came out of all of this). I had my first surgery in the summer of 2014. It went well and already I felt more confident. 2014 was a hard year. I was doing my A levels as well as having this breast surgery. I went through phases of being angry and sad, and very self conscious to the point where I was making myself sick after eating and hitting and scratching myself (which is why I should have taken the opportunity of being able to talk to someone). I am a swimmer too, so I was always having to wear very tight costumes to hold it all in. After the surgery, every couple of months I would have to make a trip to the breast clinic where I was given silicon injections into the expander in my left breast. The most weirdest feeling! Once this was complete and my breast was the size I wanted it, I began a series of fat transfers to replace the expander with natural body fat. 2 weeks ago I completed my 4th and hopefully final surgery where they reduced the right breast again and removed the expander. Due to this I have had problems with confidence. I have not had a boyfriend, however have been seeing people etc. With girls, one of the main worries would be what the boy would think. And they don't notice. This is a long story, but I strongly empathise with your daughter. Tell her that there is light at the end of the tunnel and before she knows it, it will all be over. Try to go back to the doctor. Push until they offer something. One of the worst things was having to show my breasts to so many different people, but you just need to remember that they have seen it all before! I know surgery seems daunting, and it upset me that I had to have the surgery if I wanted my breasts to be sorted out but in the end it was worth it. For a young girl this is such a huge thing confidence wise. I often thought to myself that there could be Worse things - I could be having my breasts removed all together due to cancer. I really hope this helps. I remember 5 years ago always googling online to find answers to the assymetry and how to get rid of it! Now I've been through it I only feel it's right to share my story. All the best.

Hi, I know this isn't an answer but I hope I can help your daughter by sympathising with her. I am in my late teens and have struggled with breast asymmetry, funnily enough also one DD and one B. I have had many struggles with my body image and with self-harm but fortunately for me I've had support from my friends, many of whom are experiencing similar things. What i and a few of my friends tend to do and have done, is buy a pair of 'cleavage boosters' from M&S (they're £16- expensive but V good quality and well worth it) and only use one on the smaller breast. This with a slightly padded bra is really good, creates the illusion of even breasts etc and has helped me a lot. Also what I've begun to do is use some home-made remedies and breast reducing cream on my larger breast and lose some weight which, in time, will help as I've only just started. But yeah anyway, best of luck to your daughter and let her know that although she may feel like it she isn't alone, there are many of us out there!!

I went through this myself and I know only too well the torture mentally. I was 25 when I was finally granted asymmetric breastfeeding augmentation on the NHS. The downside was that as this was counted as invading healthy tissue etc and unnecessary surgery, I received 1 implant. This corrected me short term but several years later I was back in the same boat! A combination of natural aging process (13/14y) weight gain and loss, 2 pregnancies, & capsulation has now left me with what I can only explain as an apple and a pair! To make matters worse, the capsule now sits high and is very firm so im now not only asymetric again but almost disfigured! I'm in talks for round 2 but it's a major fight. The hardest part is knowing the consultant works private and NHS and when pushed admitted he'd do things differently if I were a private patient but NHS funding and red tape prevent that work. I am now mortified once again by my own body to the point it's had a negative impact on my personal life with my now ex husband and limits me 'physiologically' during time with my kids. There IS help available for your daughter, just be loud, stay strong, argue and research!!!!!!!!!!! Xx

*breast! !!!!!!!!! (But on the topic of breastfeeding, I produced insane amounts of milk from the side with the implant, the midwife was most impressed and presumed it was pressing against the duct or something?! I did not breastfeed though for other reasons but was assured I could if I'd wanted to despite the surgery)

Am 22 and I have the same problem, I thought they would even out with time but they didn't. My left is D while my right is an A. And when I became pregnant, they became worse, I had my son 8 weeks ago. But now I feel the left is heavier and it makes me uncomfortable. Its really frustrating Coz I can't find the perfect bra, the bras I use are even larger than my mum's!!! And it has really hurt my self esteem, Coz I don't want my husband to see me naked, yet he loves seeing me walking around with no clothes on. Wish I could get help, I don't know what to do.





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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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So I'm 18 and have the same exact thing I kid you not and no one has ever described it the same as me. But yeah I've gotten bullied for it too, sense my ex boyfriend decided to post my deepest secret on the web. But I understand your problem completely idk what to do either mines. Been like this sense 8th grade and I'm a senior now!

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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