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Breast Asymmetry Correction Boosts Young Women’s Self-Esteem

Jenn Fusion | December 19, 2014 | Posted in Breast Augmentation

Breast AssymetryPlastic surgery is not just about making cosmetic improvements for vanity’s sake. Surgeons not only help people improve their appearance, but their self-esteem as well. The quality of life for young women with breast asymmetry is often quite poor, reports the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

A recent study found that young women with breasts that differ by at least one bra cup size suffered in social function, eating behaviors, and attitudes. Early surgical intervention was found to boost all areas of emotional development.

What is breast asymmetry?

Breast size variations are usually first noticed in puberty. In some cases, one breast may be an A cup and another a D cup. Breast asymmetry can harm self-esteem from a very young age. Sometimes these discrepancies even out as the years progress, but a quarter of women suffer from persistent asymmetry. The abnormality can cause adolescents to feel self-conscious and embarrassed about their appearance.

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About 40 percent of girls with breast asymmetry (and 1-5 percent of breast augmentation patients) have a congenital condition called “tuberous breast deformity.” In addition to differing cup sizes, women may notice other symptoms:

  • Enlarged, puffy areolas
  • Unusually wide spacing between breasts
  • Sagging
  • Higher than normal breast fold
  • Narrow, conical-shaped breasts at the chest wall

More than just cosmetic, the condition may affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed as well.

Asymmetrical breasts affect mental health

“[Our] findings suggest that patients suffering from breast asymmetry have poorer emotional well-being and lower self-esteem than their female peers,” said coauthor Dr. Brian I. Labow.

The women in the study had an average age of 17. Like women with abnormally large breasts, women with uneven breasts suffered from poorer mental health, eating disorders, negative attitudes, and borderline issues in social functioning.

“The observed impaired psychological well-being of adolescents with breast asymmetry may indicate the need for early intervention to minimize negative outcomes,” Dr. Labow added. Researchers concluded that a complete action plan would include weight control and mental health counseling, as well as cosmetic surgery.

Medical insurance providers are willing to cover reconstructive surgery in cases where “functional impairment” has been noted. Breast cancer survivors usually have their surgeries covered, for instance. Currently, no such provision applies to young women with breast asymmetry, but researchers are looking to change that.

Breast asymmetry NYC

Women who live in or near NYC can count on Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Loeb for a truly remarkable transformation. Depending on a patient’s unique needs, Dr. Loeb offers several different approaches for breast asymmetry correction, including breast enhancement, lift, reduction, or sculpting.

Other procedures like liposuction and a tummy tuck can be performed at the same time to vastly improve the patient’s appearance, while minimizing downtime. Patients are typically back to work in a week and fully recovered within a month. For more information about corrective breast surgery in New York, contact Dr. Loeb at 212-327-3700 to arrange a confidential consultation.

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  1. ASPS – Asymmetry Affects Self-Esteem and Emotional Health, Reports Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  2. AOL News – Can Asymmetrical Breasts Cause Low Self-Esteem?
  3. UK Daily Mail – How your breast size affects your mental health: Having uneven or bigger boobs lowers self-esteem and causes eating disorders, study finds
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