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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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Hi I'm 15 yrs old and one of my breasts is slightly bigger then the other is there any exercises that can make it smaller or make the other one bigger? Please help so self conscious!





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Hi i am a 47yr old lady and i have noticed that my left breast hangs lower than my right.It has only happened over the last couple of months and im not sure if it is anythimg to worry about.





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I am in the same boat! I am 20 years old and my boobs are different size, I was born at 26 weeks and my right lung calasped three times meaning an operation but I have a scar under my right boob and another to the side of my right boob, thought out puberty I put on quite a bit of weight, I'm currently a 38F but I can see the scar has made a difference in size compared to my left boob, unsure of what to do?





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I am 20 and had my second surgery to correct asymmetric breasts a 8 weeks ago. I struggled with this since 13 when my right breast developed significantly but my left did not. I was an A cup on one side and a DD on the other. My mother noticed me wearing hoodies and layers in the middle of summer and I told her about it. The doctors we spoke to recommended a prosthesis (a chicken fillet) when I was 14/15 and it made a world of a difference. It was, however, not a permanent solution for me. I couldn't go swimming or wear certain clothes. I lived in fear of someone noticing in the PE changing rooms or my prosthesis slipping in public. When I was older I had surgery where I had a tissue expanded fitted on my left and a reduction done on my other breast. I am just finishing healing from the removal of that expander for a permanent implant. My breast are not magically symmetrical, I have scarring from the operations and constant doctors visits and surgery has been very stressful. That said I don't regret having the surgery and the breast clinic has been a godsend through everything. Now I have two reasonably symmetrical breast. I still have imbalance in my cleavage as I've been told that is hard to correct and my nipples are slightly uneven but I was not expecting perfect symmetry just to be a bit more "normal". All the Doctors, nurses etc. that I have seen have been amazing through this whole process but it has still been an stressful and exhausting experience. My advice would be to definitely speak to someone at a breast clinic. They are sensitive and can talk you through what options are available and would be right for you. They can also talk to you about other options besides surgery which might not be right for you or can help you through the process if you do decide to go down that road. Post op the breast clinic nurses I've been speaking to have been talking about temporary nipple tattooing to create a more even look and bras to suit my breast shape. It might feel awkward to start with but they really are amazing.





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Hi, my name is Melissa, I am 16 years old now and I have major discomfort with my appearance due to my right breast being noticeably larger than the left breast. For a girl my age being afraid to wear tight/fitted shirts, a lot of different kinds of bras & swimming suits is very stressful for me as it does not look pleasing to me or as I imagine it would do to anyone else. This problem of mine has left me feeling so unconfident in myself, and as I have other body imperfections as well such as excessive stretchmarks due to having little elasticity in my skin & the fact that I'm not one of the skinniest of girls just adds on to the minimisation of my self esteem. This is a topic that I rarely ever share with anyone due to my embarrassment and low confidence, however I would much appreciate it if I could be given advice on this topic to see if there is anything I can do for myself to feel more enthusiastic and change the appearance of how it looks as it has gotten to the point where I am stopping myself from enjoying different aspects of my life. Thank you.





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Hi, It feels a bit awkward sharing my story on here, but I have the same problem of most of you girls. My left breast is a lot smaller that the right, I'll be 18 in a couple of weeks and my breast's stopped growing around the age of 12, I also have a lot of pain in the right breast which is very uncomfortable. My left breast is an A Cup and my right is a C cup. I don't feel comfortable speaking about this with my mum let alone a doctor but it is really lowering my self-esteem, it's very noticeable when I wear certain clothes and it's very hard trying to find a bra that will make it less noticeable! I'm always wearing baggy clothes or anything that covers me up because I can't stand the thought of them! Can anybody lead me in what to do or what is wrong with them?





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Hi Lexi. I am 23 and have had the same problem as you for as long as I can remember. I didn't tell my Mom until about 2 years ago when I asked her to come to a private consultation with me because I felt so embarrassed! It was a relief that she did come because I spent the whole 40 minutes crying! I've had years of having to carefully pick clothes that will hide it and wearing a padded bra and sports bra together AND 'chicken fillets' which makes it less noticeable. I finally went to the GP today who is going to look into funding for corrective surgery for me. My assymetry is 3-4 cup sizes. I would never have gotten the courage to go without my Mom though. Please think about telling yours. I'm sure she'll want to support you!

My left breast is completely smaller than my right one I was told it would eventually catch up then again they said it would after I had a kid and it never has.. I've had the lowest self esteem since I was a teenager because of this problem since I wAs young I have missed out on a lot of things because of my insecurities. I have the worst anxiety and it messes with me everyday of my life . I got married 3 years ago and he ended up cheating and leaving me because of my problem he wasmy happy with my body since then I haven't even wanted to touch another man and am so scared to let anyone else in. It's been a yr this month. So now I'm a single mother with no help that left everything instead of fighting for it all's I wanted was our son he even kept our car and everything I need help I cant afford a breast augmentation as I am a single mom startin completely over with no help. His dad has nothing to do with him and won't pay child support so my income is limited .. How am I supposed to find a good man that will love me and my son with this deformity .. So my question is is there any help or drs that do any kind of charity work or any kind of help I could get ... I need this fixed so I can be a better mother and a better woman..





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Hi i am a 24yrs lady i have low self-esteem caused by my breast they are too flat with no nipples and they are very long,how can i fix them to boost my self-esteem.please help





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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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