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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.

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I'm 17 years old and i was wondering if there is a way to change the shape of your boobs without surgery as one is a different shape than the other as there is less tissue underneath, please can someone help me





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I am 26 years old and have had different sized breasts ever since puberty, my left breast is like a c cup and my right is more like an a. I finally plucked up the courage to go and tell my gp today but I don't hold out any hope in getting it sorted as the gp said you very much have to jump through hoops to get it done on the nhs which I think stinks as this has had an impact on my confidence all mu life. I just want to feel like a proper woman and not like a freak :-(





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I am 20 years old and over the years my right boob has become a lot bigger then my left! My right is about a DD and my left is about a C! I'm embarrassed to take my top off in front of my boyfriend! We have been together two years and have a baby but still don't feel confident! I need to do something!





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I have asymmetrical breasts. I am 21 and my left boob is bigger than the right, only slightly and my aeola around my nipple is slightly lighter in the left, is this ok???? I don't know if it has always been like that





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I'm just about to turn 18 and my breast are super noticeable that they are different sizes! My left is an e and sags where my right is most likely a c, it's super embarrassing and everyone brings it up and I need it to change but I don't want surgey, are there any creams or excercises or anything for me to get them looking similar or the same?





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As a Insightful Clairvoyant Remedial Massage Therapist I have an interest in chests and their functionality. What has taken my attention in this direction is some work as a therapist I did recently with a seventy-five year old man who came to me with pain in his shoulder, reduced rotation and inability to lift one arm above shoulder height before the pain kicked in. Now he presses weights freely in his home gym. What is the relevance of this you ask? The important part of his circumstance was he had underlying muscles in his chest on the left “stuck” - relatively immobile and the right partially functional and an important back muscle dysfunctional on palpation. What struck me was the asymmetry and beneath one breast where there was no muscle tone to hold up breast tissue and the other was barely moving as he moved his body. (This would hold one artificially high and the other had droop). Once I brought these back into balance, blood flowed back into both sides of his chest (mainly pec major), his breasts had blood flow again, and the back muscle plumped up and went back to doing its work. This resulted in a change of chest/breast profile and he is delighted. In my working career I have periodically worked with women who wished to naturally increase their breast size through primarily getting their underlying muscle and rib structure correctly functional and their breasts did expand. I figure that this can make considerable impact on bringing into visual balance uneven breasts. If I was going to have surgery I would want to do this first so that there was a sound fully functional structure underneath to support before insertion of implants BUT in achieving fully functional structural support certain breast asymmetries ought to be evened out and thus implants may then become superfluous or the size of the implants would change. The younger this is done I suggest there will be less wrinkles in the skin with muscular adjustment. This is at least a six month process with a minimum of three sessions to give you an idea if scale.If a woman is c cup and bigger I expect the visual change would be less noticeable with increase in cup size. However having effective chest muscles has to be important at any cup size. I share this because I consider it is worth each woman exploring it for herself.

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 had this when I was younger too. I'm 18 now. I went to see my doctor about it because my breasts were different by about two cup sizes and obviously it was very embarrassing. I was told that the other breast may catch up and grow as I got older, but after a year or so, there was no change, so I ended up having surgery. I was referred to a lovely surgeon was put in an expander rather than a full implant due to the large difference in size. The expander was only partly filled when it was inserted, and after I recovered from the surgery, I would regularly go back to the hospital to have some saline water injected into the expander. I know it sounds painful but I had the surgery maybe 3 years ago now and you can't even tell that I've had surgery. The results are amazing and it was so worth it! I'm eternally grateful for the NHS for funding my operation and it improved my self-confidence a lot. My advice to you would be to see how things are - you never know, the other one might catch up as you go through puberty. If you're really worried about you, go and speak to your doctor and take things from there. I hope my story has helped you in some way. Just don't be embarrassed about it, it's completely natural. Good luck to you!





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