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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 am going through 'early' menopause at 45 and my breasts have reduced in volume - I think they were always slightly different sizes and fairly 'fibrous' - since the loss of volume one is markedly (to me) bigger than the other, the fact they are starting to sag is making this feel very strange and also not easy to check for any changes. They now feel so different, one is quite small - I was only a 34B to start with! My hormone levels are up and down at the moment and I am missing periods could these changes be ongoing? Or does it settle and I will be able to get used to this new shape and feel? I feel quite upset about it and had no idea this happens when your periods stop.





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Yes, there are surgeries for this. I will have one soon as I have the same problem. SO courage and love your body. Don't tell this to any of your friends, because you probably will feel bad of what they might say. :) There are corrections. SO, don't worry. :)





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hi my name is Tracy, and here is my story...i was diagnosed with fibrosystic disease back in 2011 i had both my breast removed and then expanders put in and complications for 3 years also I had 7 operations as well as missing time from work and lost my job and my husband left me now i am losing my house i have one child and i was on medication and I signed off on everything so I have nothing but i must move on and while i was going through all that i was taking care of my mom who passed away in july so I had no time to cry or pitty myself I pused myself to heal fast and nomy last operation was july 30 2013 on my birthday needless to say i am limited to everything I do i was active beautiful and strong nothing held me back I feel like nothing and no one can help me i even put myself through cllege and have a degree I grew up poor and was abused as a child, I want to feel like a women again I try to make myself look pretty and I carry myself well but.. I feel like nothing because I cant wear the right tops everything is so sensitive like something heavy is on my chest and my right breast is a little bigger then my left I had a dori flap and they took my back muscle to form my right breast I can not stand the feeling and I have scars on both breast and a big one on my back I just want to look even and feel sexy again is there any sites to go on for tops I can wear oh the big issue is I have no money and everything is so expensive I go to thrift stores to buy my clothes as well but only when I can get a little money I worked all my life and gave to those in need I worked with mentally ill people and children that are juveniles nw I am jobless and I want to get my life back please is anyone out there that can help me Thank You for taking the time to read my story p.s. I could probably write a book and make lots of money on my life.God Bless each and everyone of you I was reading your stories and I wish you all the best Tracy





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Iv already applied for embarrassing bodies, my breast size difference is makin me so ill wiv anxiety I really cant go on like this its makin me feel soo down, I cant do anything anymore I'm so self conscious, I wake up each day wishin I adnt, everyday is such a battle to get through!! Please help me!





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im a 14 year old girl. this breast issue is scaring me. im too afraid to go to my mom or talk to a doctor. i would really appreciate if someone could help me.





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Dont be scary. Talk to your mom and go to a doctor. I know you are very young, its normal to feel intimidated. There are a lot persons with this problem. Corrections exist. But talk to your mom. Courage!!!!!!!! (I have the same problem as you)

I'm 13 and my breasts started developing at about 10 and they where fine at first but after a while i noticed that my left breast is significantly larger than the right. My right breast is about a medium A cup and my left one is in a large B to a small C and i hate it and i can't wear a swim suite our a low cut shirt,i was wondering if anybody knew at what age would they even out,i know they will probably never be perfectly even but I would like to know when they will be at least mostly even, thanks, Rachael





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Hi Rachael, I can't tell you when will they be even, because probably they won't be naturally even. But with the time, you will feel more comfortable with the idea. I am 23 years old. And now, very soon I will have a surgery. I will fix it and I am sure that I will feel better. Because I had the same problem as you. I felt embarrassed. I just suggest you not to tell this to your friends, as you are very young and they might not understand the real problem and they can make fun. Just talk to your mom and go and see a doctor. When you will be over 18 or 20, you can have a surgery just like me. Meanwhile: Love your body and smile :)

I'm 23 and always noticed a big difference in my breasts but today I was checking myself as I do every month and realised my right breastfeeding is very much bigger than my left and sags a little :( I've always been aware of it but I've recently gone from nearly 16 stone too 12 and a half stone and starting too notice some horrible changes too my body !





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breast ** dam auto correct

I need help my breasts is asymmetrical and i want to know is there any help as far as know ing any docters in rochester or buffalo that will help me and can i use myhealth insurance

Hi everyone. I'm probably not supposed to tell you about me here as I am a little shop - but I feel compelled to after reading your heartbreaking comments. First of all, as most of you are so young, I want you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I talk to women with assemetrical breasts on a regular basis. Secondly, only you can learn to love your body - don't ever worry about what a "friend" or boyfriend says. If they say negative things then you need to question what they bring to your life. So I'm here because a customer of mine suggested that I find more ways for people needing my products to find me so I was having a look through google. I run a little breast enhancer shop, the only specialist one in the UK. You might have heard them called chicken fillets, but they are basically the things you slip in the bra. I help ladies/girls with assemetrical breasts a lot. I want you to know that you don't need my products to feel happy. You really don't. Your body is yours and is perfect as it is, just as mine is with it's rather overly hairy legs and desire to give me constant migraines. We are all different and we are all beautiful. In fact I have had the pleasure of meeting a top model with assemetrical breasts in the past, so please don't let it hold you back. What I can help you with is if you struggle to fit bras well as the size difference makes them move etc :) My site is www.jothornton.co.uk and is run by just me, so if you want some advice or an experienced ear do come over. I don't believe in hard selling so don't worry on that front. I just started my business to help women feel confident and that starts with realising we are not alone. If we have a big email chat a facebook like or Pinterest follow would be nice, but not essential either! Big love Jo xxxx





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Hi Jo, can u help me? I'm 32 and have always had even breasts, I lost alot of weight n put it bak on n my breasts was even then overnight my right breast become alot smaller than my left breast, this is makin me ill I'm soo anxious all the time n worry that a potential partner mite b put off by it, iv been on my own such a long time n wud really like to meet someone now! I'm always self conscious n not sleepin on a nite, I do think of avin plastic surgery but I'm really not sure! Please help me!

Wow feels good To no im not the only one in the world with this problem I'm 18 and my right is like a c maybe even a d and my left A OR B ITS SO EMBARRASSING I NEVER TOLD MY MOM BEST FRIEND, OR BOYFRIEND BUT I WOULD NEVER LET HIM TOUCH THE SMALLER ONE THAN I HAD A BABY AND ONCE I START BREAST FEEDING I GOT SOME CONFIDENCE BECAUSE EVEN THE A FILLED UP WITH MILK NOW THAT I HAVE STOPPED IM FEELING DEPRESSED AGIAN BUT CCONTACTED MY INSURANCE AND THEY WILL PAY FOR MY Surgery! :-) its a process so im still waiting but I cant wait to be able to show cleavege,were a swim suit and feel comfortable naked I can't wait til I get this it eats me alive I feel like every were I go ppl are staring at them even thoe I stuff a side I hate it I no im a pretty girl but this hurts so bad , so I'm just waiting'.............





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Hi, iv read ur comment about ur insurance paying for ur boob jib, what insurance do u take for that? I'm 32 and have always had equal breasts then for no reason my right breast has become alot smaller! Any help u can giv me wud b most grateful! Thanx Donna

My left breast is a D cup while my right one is about maybe a A cup this has bugged me for years now its great to know others are out there like me i hope you all get them girls the same size cx i wouldn't wish this bs on my worst enemy. Is there not away to fix it naturally? I would STRONGLY prefer not to wait until i am 18 as i am only 16 now.....





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