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Dr Pixie V/O: 33 year old Toni Curren has a problem that has been weighing on her mind.

Toni V/O: Do you know I think I have probably been worried about it since I was about 15 or 16. It makes me feel sick about me. I always feel that I’m ugly and people stare.

Dr Dawn: Tell me, what’s the problem?
Toni: A little bit embarrassing. I’ve got one breast that is, not a little bit, I’d say a lot bigger that the other one. It’s affecting my life now. My husband, we’ve been together 8 years, he’s never seen my breasts.

Dr Dawn: He’s never seen them?

Toni: Never, ever. It does cause problems because I won’t let him get close to me.

Dr Dawn: Right, well I think we ought to have a little look and just see what the difference is ok? And I will be able to give you an idea or not that would be something that we could correct. Ok, can I get you just to pop your arms in the air above your head? You are asymmetrical, and your quite markedly so. But you’re not; you’re certainly not the most asymmetrical person I’ve ever seen.

Dr Pixie V/O: 99% of women have asymmetrical breasts to some degree and it’s thought that up to 40% have to 1 to 2 cup sizes difference. Severe asymmetry isn’t itself a health problem but many choose to have a cosmetic procedure to balance the difference.

Dr Dawn: The difference between your two breasts is more than two cup sizes so I’m absolutely sure that we’ll be able to do something about that, ok?

Dr Pixie V/O: Toni’s next port of call is to see a specialist and find out which course of action is best for her. Toni Curren is about to have her asymmetrical breasts laid to rest. She’s in the capable hands of cosmetic surgeon James Frayne.

Dr James: I imagine her left breast will be about a kilo in weight and her right breast is only about five or six hundred grams, so it’s about half the size of the other side.

Dr Pixie V/O: Toni is having liposuction on her larger left breast, but other women may look to have an enlargement with an implant or a reduction mammoplasty where excess fat and skin are removed.

Dr James: So I reckon I will be taking out about a litre or so of fluid from the left breast. Better out than in is the way I look at it.

Dr Pixie V/O: In a few weeks the bruising and swelling will go down and Toni should be much more in balance.

Dr Pixie V/O: Toni Curren came to the clinic as she couldn’t bear her asymmetrical breasts any more.

Toni: My husband, he’s never seen my breasts.

Dr Dawn: He’s never seen them?

Toni: Never, ever.

Voiceover: She has liposuction 10 days ago and Dr Harper wants to see if it’s lifted her spirits.

Dr Dawn: Toni, hi. Come on in, come on in. Tell me, how are you getting on? What’s happened?

Toni: Absolutely brilliant. I had liposuction on the left breast; they didn’t have to touch the right at all. They got over 1100 ml of fat.

Dr Dawn: Wow, that’s a lot.

Toni: Yeah, I compare it to a litre bottle of juice.

Dr Dawn: (Laughing) That’s your left breast!

Toni: (Laughing) That’s my left breast!

Dr Dawn: Shall we just see the result?

Toni: By all means, not a problem.

Dr Dawn: That’s dramatic isn’t it?

Toni: It’s a huge difference.

Dr Dawn: That is amazing actually. You are still a little bit swollen there aren’t you? With the bruising but once that swellings gone down there (gestures to affected area).

Toni: I can’t believe how it was before to how it is now.

Dr Dawn: Glad you came?

Toni: Definitely.

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Consultation: Asymmetrical Breasts

Around 99% of women have asymmetrical breasts to some degree, however for many of these women this difference can be more than a cup size. Dr Dawn Harper refers a patient to a specialist who recommends liposuction in order to solve this embarrassing illness from series one.

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Hi, im a 21 year old mother of 2, I first noticed that my breast were of odd sizes the right breast is a large c / small d and my left breast is a small b cup this has always gotten me down, ive never let any one see me knaked, I felt ashamed to breast feed my children when they were younger, ive looked up this problem on the internet alot and I no im not the only woman to go thro this. I read that your breasts dont stop developing till the age of 20, im 21 and for the last year also ive spoken to my mum about this quite alot, and shes told me to talk to my gp but im very uncomfortable with showing my boobs, my self esteem is extreemly low because of this, my friends have noticed pointed it out to me innocently, and thats through my tops and bras... My question is what is there out there to help me?





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HI i am 23/F I noticed that my left breast is bigger than my right one , and it so abvious that i get uncomftable to undress in front of anybody ! the push up bras are not usuful . knowing that my period does not have a normal 28 days cycle .it takes two or three months cycle !! i have seen doctors before and they said it is pretty normal and i shouldn't be worried about! But i realy am, i 'm even considering a boob job..! Is it normal? should i worry about it ? or consider a surgery ?





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I am 13 nearly 14 and my left boob is bigger than the other is it going to even out? And why is it uneven?





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It's all natural don't worry some breasts do even out as you get older but some dont all normal

I just recently turned 15 and ive noticed for about year and a half that my right breast is bigger than my left. Its not that noticeable but I notice it a lot. I still have a really good body but im so scared guys will make fun of me for it.





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Of corse. They won't every women's breast are a little uneven it's totally normal and breast development stops at 20 so they may even out soon enough

I'm 25 and I first noticed that my breasts were growing differently when I was 14. I talked to my mother and she had the same problem, but not as bad. Now my left side is a DD and my right side is a B cup. It stresses me out so much when I go bra and swim suit shopping. Even when I go shopping for tops I feel absolutely terrible. I've tried the "chicken cutlet" inserts in my bras, but it gets so sweaty and becomes a constant reminder that I'm lopsided. I've also tried a customized bra, but not only was it ridiculously expensive, it didn't change the way I felt. I feel disgusting and ugly. I absolutely hate my body. I used to be in such great shape, but as my left breast grew larger and larger, I started to just stop caring about my body. I've gained 80 pounds in the last 10 years. I'm doing a lot more yoga and eating really healthy now. It is a constant battle to accept myself how I am, but I'm trying. I am blessed with a great boyfriend of 6 years who loves every inch of me, but my insecurities aren't from other people, they are from myself. I hate that I can never wear a regular bikini or anything strapless (even if I was 80 lbs less). I hate my body. I know that many women experience this, but I still feel alone. No one understands how frustrating it really is. It's AlWAYS on my mind, no matter what I do. It's the ONE thing I would do anything to change. It's the first thing I would change if I could. It's not fair that my (Canadian)medical plan considers a surgery like this to be cosmetic, because it has taken more of a toll on my psyche than anything else has in my life. I also have started to notice that my left shoulders and side are always in pain, but my doctor says it is still a cosmetic surgery :( I just want to feel sexy, for once.





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It is not cosmetic alway, I told my dr that my back hurt and my bra strap was cutting in and it was coveted especially if they are doing a reduction, they are always covered :) maybe go see a specialist they are the ones that do the billing not your family dr!

I'm 16 and I started to devloped when I was about 10. My breast where growing about the same rate then about three years ago my right one started to grow way faster than my left. My right breast is a d cup and my left is a b cup. I'm very embarrassed about it! I don't really like to go swimming or goin to the beach because I feel like everybody will notice how lopsided my breast are! My sister points it out to me all the time jokingly but it makes me feel like the whole world can see how lopsided they are. I have tried a padded bra to see if it would help some but it only made it worse! I just don't know what to do.





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Breast development stops at 20 so you'll probably grow out of it but for just now just stuff your bra on the other side

Breast development stops at 20 so you'll probably grow out of it but for just now just stuff your bra on the other side

I'm 17 and I have had boobs since I was 8 but I never noticed how weird they were until people pointed them out to me. My left boob is a D cup and my right a B cup, they sag terribly and my areolas are much bigger than ones I've seen on other girls. I have to wear a filler in my bra to make them appear even. It makes me extremely self conscious, my boyfriend of 3 years tells me that I am fine but I don't even like taking my bra off in front of him. I currently have money saved up that could be used for braces or a car, but my breats make me feel so ugly that I am using the money to fix them whenever possible.





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Hi i have uneven boobs and have done for years I want them to develop properly and be even please help !!!





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Just came across this site, and its made me feel a lot better about my problem. Lots of love is what I found here! I'm a young 24 yo mother of three and my right is usually a C and my left, an A. Now it's getting worse, they're growing...not at the same rate, and my bigger one has become sensitive and just down fit uncomfortable. Not to mention that after a few days of a new bra, it tends to "migrate"over to the heavier breast, making it lopsided in the back as well. I knew this early on, probably around 9 and it didn't start to affect me until I was twelve, I knew something was wrong. I hope one day there's something besides invasive implants and stupid average bras to help us!!!





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Hi, I'm 16 and my right breast is a lot bigger than my left one,its incredibly noticeable and my left nipple is increasingly larger than the one on the right too,is that normal? I've always noticed it and it makes me feel so low about everything. I'm currently saving for a breast augmentation for the day I turn 18. Thank you





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hi, when i was 16 i had the same problem. i'm now 18 and my one breast has continued to grow whilst the other is the same size as over 2 years ago. i was too embarrassed before but finally decided to go to the doctors when i was 17. I was told that it's normal for one breast to be a bit bigger, but in some cases where one breast is a large amount bigger(my left breast is 3 cup sizes bigger than my right)it means that one breast has not developed as it should. i was referred by my GP to a plastic surgeon and he confirmed that my one breast was not developing and most likely never would. He told me that the NHS offer procedures for problems like this as its not a 'boob job'for vanity but a medical issue of under-development. Private practises do not offer correction ops if something goes wrong (implant bursts, needs replacing etc..) where as the NHS will, so it's also alot safer aswell as free. I would suggest rather than saving up to go private you make an appointment with your GP, as you could be offered the same as me. As i'm now 18, im going to be put on a waiting list and will hopefully have my operation in 4 months or so. I know exactly how you feel, its hard knowing you have so long to wait, but from someone who's had that wait, just stay patient and positive chick! and when you get down about it just imagine how fab you'll look afterwards, able to wear anything you want, having no worries or paranoia.. and just ask yourself what's a couple more years waiting, compared to the rest of your life! hope this helps you.





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