American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals
5 years ago

My left breast

My left breast is visibly bigger than my right and I fear it is a cup size bigger also. This is disturbing me both mentally and physically as in it looks uneven and wrong. I am 17, what do you suggest I should do?

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Location: —, MI - Turkey

Replies 6

Steven Wallach
ASPS Surgeon
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If you are no longer growing, then a reduction on the larger breast is possible. You will likely need permission from the parents to move forward. Good luck.

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon

You should see a plastic surgeon to explore your options. You might want to make the bigger breast match the smaller with a breast reduction. Or make the smaller one bigger with a breast implant or fat transfer. You would need to be at a stable weight, and not enlarging in the breasts for the past year or so. And, of course, you would need the support and permission of your parents.

Christine Stiles

What you are describing is very common, especially in girls your age. As the breasts develop, they often develop at different rates in the teenage years. However, when one breast is a cup size greater than the other, this significant breast asymmetry can be a real problem mentally, physically and socially! Wearing a silicone prosthesis or breast insert on the smaller side will help temporarily, but over time, sometimes covering up the asymmetry will cause such a strain on the neck and back that it leads to chronic neck and back pain. This asymmetry may be corrected by reducing and lifting the larger breast, using an implant to increase the size of the smaller breast, or a combination of these procedures. These options can be reviewed for you during a visit with a plastic surgeon. Keep in mind that you are not the only girl with this problem!

Edward Domanskis

You could get the larger breast reduced or the smaller breast enlarged but you would need your parents consent to do this.

Dr. Edward Jonas Domanskis is Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your excellent question and I am sorry that your asymmetry has caused you concern. If you have fully developed, you can obtain a breast lift/reduction of the larger side to better match your smaller. Hope this helps.

Ruben Abrams
ASPS Surgeon

Breast asymmetry is quite common. As a matter of fact in my 30 years of evaluating women with breast problems I have rarely seen women with perfectly symmetrical breasts. It is usually within an acceptable range and does not have to be corrected. However, when it does need correction, it is usually not a matter of simply reducing the larger side or enlarging the smaller side. In most cases its more complicated than that. Therefore, you definitely need to be evaluated properly by an ASPS member plastic surgeon and I would recommend waiting for another 1-2 years to make certain that your breasts have stopped growing.


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