Having Asymmetric, Very Large Breasts Affects Girl

Did you know having asymmetric and extra-large breasts can have a negative impact on teens’ mental health? Therefore, this circumstance should not be dismissed as a health issue; this was revealed by researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital.

The new study, which was published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, involved 59 female participants, ranging in age from 12 to 21, who were found to have asymmetric breasts with sizes differing by one cup size or more. For comparison, the researchers also looked into young women who did not have breast asymmetry.

When asked a series of questions to evaluate emotional health and overall well-being, girls who had extra-large breasts exhibited psychological risks.

According to lead study author Dr. Brian Labow, the objective of this new study was to address the impact of having extra-large breasts as well as breast asymmetry on the self-esteem and well-being of adolescent girls whose breast health and related concerns are often ignored.

“I love the awareness for breast cancer, and the pink ribbons, but cancer has really dwarfed all other breast health problems,” Dr. Labow, director of the Adolescent Breast Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital, said.

Dr. Labow also pointed out that many insurance companies only cover reconstructive breast surgery procedures if they relate to breast cancer but not when the need arises due to other breast health conditions.

“We found that breast asymmetry negatively impacts social and emotional functioning,” Dr. Labow added. Accordingly, he advocates the use of corrective clothing, swimwear or bras for young girls with breast asymmetry issues to make themselves feel comfortable. If the breasts are not developing normally or if there are issues affecting their self-image or self-esteem, Dr. Labow recommends seeing a breast specialist.

“Breast asymmetry isn’t a necessarily an emergency, but it’s always a good time to ask questions,” he said.