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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 have a problem with my breasts that makes me feel extremely insecure. I'm 16 years old and in a relationship. My breasts are a sort of triangular shape, and one is slightly larger than the other. I am way too embarrassed to speak to anybody about it. I wear padded bra's and they look okay. I am just worried that when it comes to being sexually active I will get too embarrassed about showing my body. Is this due to being slightly overweight? I am currently dieting for if this is the case. Is there anything that can be done to fix this?





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Im 16 and i have uneven breast, i dont know how to tell my mum and my boyfriend says there fine but i really dont like them. Im not sure what to do, or how to get it fixed. I also have uneven nipples I just feel really uncomfortable with them What do i do Help





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I am 22 have the same issue as you ladys. Sexually active with only one partner. It took me 3 yrs to tell him and start our sex life. Now i have exsema on my small boob and have dificuties developiNg my personal life. I need advice in what is the best thing to do now to hide the size difrence. I currently have a amoena boob, if you google it you know what it is. Its whats causing excema and its a great issue any of you know what i can do now to prevent that.





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My left boob is 1-2 cup sizes bigger than my right. I can see the difference and feel it too. One side is heavier than the other. Running (even with a sports bra) hurts. I'm 16 now and would preferably like to have both removed torally. My mom passed away recently so I can't go to her about it :/ I could go to my dad, but it'd be awkward. I also fear he wouldn't understand like "it isn't a actual issue. Buck up and deal with it" since he's a guy and wouldn't know the struggles I face? I'm currently fighting depression and this boob issue is making the fight so much more difficult. Medicine can only help so much :/ I might also add that I have a SMALL third nipple under my right boob. Anyone know how much having both boobs removed costs? :/





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Cost i dont know but best thing to do is remove the 3rd nipple. My sister had the same issue. And reduce sizes in the boobs dont take it to drastic. Theirs ways to go around all that. Talk to your dad he know whats best. My dad isnt with me no more hut my mom is and i dont have the guts to tell her. 8 yrs have gone by and i am still struggling. Dont let that happen to you. Speak up.

I'm 16 and also have this issue with my breasts. My boyfriend says I should be happy with my body but I'm really not. All I see when I look in the mirror is a big difference! It's not as bad as some peoples and my mum says it's just because I use my right side more so the right breast is likely to be more toned. Preferably I don't want to change my body, I just want to be happier with it. How can I gain more self-esteem and learn to love my boobs?





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I have scoliosis, which has effected my breasts since I was 13years old, I'm 20next month. Without a bra my left breast is larger and wider, whilst my right is somewhat 'child like'. My nipple is larger on the right and is extremely sensitive. I've spoken to my local gp and they've said to get counciling? I need help, not a chat. :(





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I was born with Polands Syndrome and it resulted in my breasts being noticeably different to each other when I went through puberty. I was mocked and ridiculed a lot and it has affected many of the career and relationship decisions I have made. I had a unilateral breast reduction in 2002, but for no logical reason, the surgeon removed the nipple during surgery. I have a lot of scarring and numbness of the nipple now and cyst development in that breast. My daughters dad started calling me a freak. I am having corrective surgery (fat injection) into the breast soon. It is very expensive, but I am determined to live a normal life and not cover myself up or use padding; go to isolated beaches' be intimate in pitch blackness!! etc Some women are ok with the difference...it is a very personal journey and I just want to feel complete and proud of how I look without fear. blessings to all of you





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I also have polands syndrome. how can I have surgery as I can't take out a loan as im a student

Sian I have opted for the fat injection because it is completely natural and long term far more successful than implants, etc. I too am struggling as a single mum, but all my priority in personal savings is for this surgery. It may take me a while to have enough money for the surgery, but I am so determined to feel normal and heal my pain and with my job hours increasing now, I am getting closer to realistically making a booking for a surgery date. I would say, painful though it is to live with, just keep studying and when you are working, perhaps make it the number one goal you save your money for. best wishes Sian Jude

I have really unequal breasts it was noticeable from around age 13. It had a huge effect on my self confidence and self esteem. One breast is a D cup the other barely an A cup. I have used padded bras and finally plucked up the courage to go to see my gp who referred me to the breast care nurses who help people who have had breast removal following cancer. They gave me a prosthesis which changed my life! My breasts appear even size there is an amazing prosthesis that is lightweight and which actually sticks to the chest wall I remove it at night. It stays in place for exercise classes, I choose not to wear it while swimming but you can get them that can fit inside swim suits or a pocket to sew in your existing suit but need to be supported round the back, I've had a bad experience swimming which is why I choose not to wear it but hold my hand to my neck which covers the issue! I would eventually like to have surgery but my gp advises me to wait until I've finished having children. I have breast fed my 2 children using only the larger breast as the smaller one was tricky to get my babies to latch on also I didn't want leaky boobs and the prosthesis which could have become sore. There is hope my contact prosthesis changed my life!





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I am 22 and have one d/dd breast and one c sized breast. I am posting this to encourage some of you younger girls. I have been where you are. I started developing breasts around 10 years old. They have NEVER matched. I used to be so self consious about it. Until I realized that this is the body that I was given, and I should be grateful for what I do have. However, i do choose to only wear foam cup bras because they make it less noticeable. I have also taken shoulder pads out of an old shirt and stitched them into my bathing suit when I was younger and more insecure. I know that when I was a teen I worried about someday gettin intimate with a man and him being putt off or disgusted. I would like to tell you young ladies (Only for future reference) that a real man will think you are beautiful and sexy anyway. No man has ever said anything negative to me about them. Think of it as an advantage instead of a sexual handicap. Asymmetrical breasts provide a variety. I don't say any of this to be vulgar. I just wish someone would have told me this when I was a teenager.





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I know how all of you feel, I'm suffering from the same issue, my left boob is a cup size D/DD where as my right boob is only around a B/C I've always worn baggy tops/jumpers to cover it up.. But it really bothers me in the fact that I'm getting married this February . I went for my finally dress fitting today and I have never been so embarrassed and ashamed! Been crying non stop.. I chose to go for a fishtail style dress and I know you can tell the difference. But the seamstress pointed out my breast issue and giggled. I am devistated.. I am 21 and my breasts have always been odd.. But the difference in size seems to be getting bigger :(





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I am getting married in just a few months and I can completely understand how you feel. Your wedding day is a day when you are supposed to feel amazing and look your best. I love my dress, but I just don't love ME in it. I have other parts of my body that I am self conscious about also, but your breasts are so private. That woman who giggled should be slapped. If your wedding day has already passed, I hope it was wonderful! :) and I hope I can feel at least satisfied with my appearance on my wedding day also.





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