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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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I'm 16 and my left breast is noticeable bigger than my right, someone told me it because I write with my left? I'm really self conscious and don't have any confidence because it, is there any way I can fix it naturally? Or does it have to be corrected with surgery?





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i have one boobie that is bigger than the other, i get REAAALLY paranoid about myself and my body and i think i am disqgusting. i dont have any confidence whatsoever and it makes me really down and depressed. my smaller breast is alot firmer and less squishy than the other. im nearly 20 and this has been doing my head in for years, if i go to the doctors can they fix my dodgey boobs. i need my confidence to be able to live my life normally wear nice clothes and be able to get naked in front of my boyfreind without feeling vile. someone please help me!!!!





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I feel self-conscious. But I see flat-chested women and just feel grateful to have boobs lol. And we all have our flaws, or our unique characteristics. We are beautiful just the way we are. If a romantic prospect can't like you the way you are s/he isn't worth it and if other people comment, it's none of their business and don't hesitate to say so! Now go rock a sexy bathing suit, sista! :)

I am 14 and have the same problem I know that it might get better but its a really big difference... I never like to change infront of people or wear bathing suits so I stick to shirts and shorts!!! My friends say im over reacting but it makes me ashamed of my body. Im really worried, should I be worried or not? Please help.





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I wish this information had been available earlier in my teenage years, I might not have felt so bad about myself, seeing other women with the same problem! Around 13 years old, my breasts came in unevenly. One a C-D cup, the other an A-B cup. I never told anyone about it, it embarrassed me so badly. For several years I thought maybe I had cancer or something. Like many of you I spent many nights crying, wondering "why me?" It is so tough to be a young woman with this problem. I stuffed my bra for years, I was terrified someone would notice. I was also afraid of having a boyfriend, and that he might see my breasts. I finally gained the courage to tell my mother about it (we were not close), and she and my father financed a surgery, bilateral mastopexy (breast lift on both sides, and liposuction of the bigger breast). I had my surgery at 17.5 years old, and I do not regret it. I felt like I could finally be comfortable. At 23.5, my breasts still look great. Not perfect - I've had a child since and do have a bit of a sag on one side. But overall, great. I hope in the future greater awareness can be raised about this issue. What a nightmare it was to feel so alone for all those years!!!





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Hey, I'm 16 and one of my breast is more "lower hanging" than the other. One of my nipples faces forward and the other points more downward (giving you an idea to what degree of sagging). Is this normal?





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this is a really late reply but I have the exact same problem, im 16 as well and it seriously makes me feel so bad about myself. Ive been looking into surgery for it & im probably gonna get it once im 18. One is an E cup while the other is still a D cup, bras never fit right but since my boobs are big nobody can actually tell theyre uneven until i dont have a bra on. Its just important to remember everyones body is different & a lot of women have the same 'problem' myself included. Just remember to love yourself regardless!! youre beautiful :)

I'm 14 and my left tit is like, twice the size of the other one, and I cry every time I see myself in the mirror because of it.





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Hi I'm 16,I noticed that my left boob is larger than the my right boob.Is it normal? I am already conscious if this thing is normal.It is not so noticeable but I notice it a lot.I'm so scared.





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hi,i m 21..my left breast is larger than the right breast...i m really worried about this matter.plz tell me how can i get my both breast in same size?

Hi am 19 and i have noticed that my breast are not the same size my right breast is a B cup and my left breast would be less than a A cup, i started seeing this when i was 16 and never through nothing of it, i was thinking it will grow the same in time and now am 19 and its gotten worst, i cant wear a swimming costume because my right breast is bigger by a cup and 1/2, if i was to wear on or even a light vest top, you can see the crap i have on my left breast cause there is nothing there to hold it or fill it up unlike my right one? its at the stage now where am always wearing my bra i never take it off only ever time its off is if am having a shower!! i need help to sort this out can anymore help me out i would appreciate it so much





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I'm 15 and my left breast is super small compared to my right, it is really embarrassing. The size difference is obvious no matter what bra or top I wear, one of my friends even pointed it out to me and I just got really embarrassed and went bright red. I'm finding it hard to accept myself because of the high expectations boys and girls have, because I will be of age to become sexually active soon, I feel even more embarrassed and pressured. I can't just hope for them to even out because I have hoped for about 2 years and nothing has changed. Stuffing my bra isn't something I would do because of my lifestyle of having to change into dance and pe kit, it would just be too noticeable. If you could put a comment suggesting anything that would be great:)





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Hello Bryony, I have the very same problem as you, I am now 18 and my left breast and around 1 and a half cup sizes smaller than my right breast, I do not have large breasts either so it is noticeable, but after looking into breast enlargement to even out the size of my breasts I realised the cost and risks were not worth it (baring in mind our age we would be looking to replace the implants around 3 or 4 times)I had to turn my focus to learning to accept it. I can now actually joke about it with my friends, nobody is perfect and everyone has somethings different with their bodies, I also have a long term boyfriend who insists he is glad I have chosen not to go down the path of surgery and even likes my breasts as they are, yes people do seem to have ridiculously high expectations sometimes but this also depends on you waiting to become sexually active with somebody you trust. Over the past few years I really have come to accept that my body is not perfect but that doesn't matter, hopefully you will gain this self confidence too, I used to spend all the time worrying about it, but rarely see it as a big problem now!!

Hi I'm 17 and I've had the same problem my whole life my left boob is probly around a B cup and my right side is probly around a D, I was worried about the whole sex thing for a long time and what I did was be honest with my boyfriend at the time I thought we could get sexually active. Before I came out and said it I told him how embarreased I was and he didn't even care about my boobs he was proud of me for telling him. And now 2 years later he still doesn't care when I have to stuff one side. So it might get fixed and it might not, so try to wear a push-up bra and if it doesn't work then try stuffing, and if Ur in dance class changeing just turn around so u can't be seen when stuffing. Theirs nothing wrong with you, and whoever you decide to tell will understand I've never met someone I told who juged me.

I am 16 and I've always noticed a difference in my breast size since I started developing, one is now a B and the other is not even a full A. It looks horrible, I wouldn't even mind if one was a C and one a B, or even both As. But the fact that one is nearly completely flat, and the other a handful makes me so self concious. I hate looking at my self, I can't stand it, I just wish I was normal.





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Although they may never be the same size, the a cup will grow bigger and it will be less noticeable. You'll find a boyfriend who won't care because mine doesn't, a lot of people don't really think it's a big deal I'm not exactly normal either I have a B cup with us D cup and I just stuff one side. And my boyfriend doesn't care





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