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?
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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