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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 >

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I am nineteen i had seemingly normal breasts i recently found a lump in my left breast ant started to notice my left breast is hanging out of my bra while my right breast is still the same size





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I'm 17 and I've had this difference in my breast since puberty,didn't pay much attention to it cause I thought it would get normal after a while but now I have my doubts cause the difference seems to get worse as years pass,now am really worried cause I can't even undress around my friends,worse off all I stay in the hostel which makes it more difficult,I hope I find a solution to this soon either through surgery or any other means.





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I am 33 years old and have been in a battle with the NHS for reconstructive surgery on my right breast for 13 years. I am a comfortable size 36 dd on the left, whilst my right is rather more a b cup, I have looked into cosmetic surgery but can not afford it... I had a psychological test a few years ago and finally got to see a surgeon on the NHS who offered me a breast enlargement but I had to pay for the reconstruction myself, he then added that I was too over weight to consider the operation and to come back when I had lost a stone., which I now have but can no longer get an appointment to sort it as Essex nhs has decided no more breast augmentations are allowed on their budget. So I still can not buy a bra that actually fits and have no self esteem what so ever, to the point that my husband and I now undress in the dark and I wear at shirt to bed! Just given up all hope of ever getting anything sorted.





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I'm 19 years old and I have a very pronounced difference in my breasts and I've been living with it since I developed which was around 9 years of age. It affected my self esteem in such a way that it impacted the way I dressed and held myself as a woman. I went to many doctors and they told me my smaller one would never grow. Ever. After a while, my mom found this shop that sells specially made bras and prosthetics for breast cancer survivors. They work, ladies. They have been such a blessing to me. So check around in your area and see if there are some near you. The ladies at mine are so friendly and understanding and there is no judgement made AT ALL. So for the young ladies who a are going through the same thing, it is ok. It is a fixable thing. Just don't ask your parents to spend all of their savings on fixing your breasts. There's other means that will help until you are able to get the surgery if you wish. I know its hard but take pride in your body. You were given it for a reason. Love it no matter what you think is wrong with it. The only thing that matters is what is on the inside. Good luck! :)





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Thank you so much for this. I'm 19 as well and I have same exact problem thank you for this information!!

Im 14 in a couple days and my right boob is larger then my left. Its really noticable right now when I look at it Its a bit of an insecurity cause I absolutely hate it.. I know im still like going through puberty but is there any other way to fix without surgery being done if it is noticeable later on of tjry other one doesnt catch up at all?





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i am 26 and have 4 kids and my youngest is nearly 2 but a few months ago i started working out and then 2 weeks later noticed my right boob was bigger then my left but it is so noticable and i feel like everyone is laughing at me like im a clown and would like to no what can i do? please help me i have tried just working out on the smaller side and it doesnt help please please help





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this is really strange. I am 58 years old, and within the last maybe 2 months my right breast has grown a cup size larger than my left. mammogram and ultrasound show no abnormalities, no masses. my gynecologist just shrugged it off and says I've probably always been a symmetrical, just never noticed. I have always been very insecure about my body due to a very abusive relationship, and being bullied as a kid, & I certainly would have notice d if there was such a difference before now. I was visiting with my daughter last night and she noticed the size difference and questioned me. plastic surgery is not an option due to financial constraints. interested in your opinion and feedback, thank you t, and she





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this is really strange. I am 58 years old, and within the last maybe 2 months my right breast has grown a cup size larger than my left. mammogram and ultrasound show no abnormalities, no masses. my gynecologist just shrugged it off and says I've probably always been a symmetrical, just never noticed. I have always been very insecure about my body due to a very abusive relationship, and being bullied as a kid, & I certainly would have notice d if there was such a difference before now. I was visiting with my daughter last night and she noticed the size difference and questioned me. plastic surgery is not an option due to financial constraints. interested in your opinion and feedback, thank you t, and she





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I'm almost 16 and my left breast is at least a DDD and my right one is either a C or a D my mom was a nurse and said that this is abnormal but I wanted someone else's opinion (I haven't been to a gynecologist yet so before you tell me to go we are in the process of finding one) this has been a problem since I was 11 except it was like half a cup difference now that it has gotten this bad I'm worried and this has been affecting my self esteem I realize that it's normal for size differences but I don't think my size difference is normal or even healthy





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Okay wait I mistyped I am a DDD on my left side sorry but please leave an answer this has been bothering me for a few months

My left breast is so big, am scared 2 cum out, how can dis be reduced





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