Study Shows Breast Asymmetry Can Affect Mental Health

Tired young woman sitting at table in a library resting her head in her hand and looking at books stacked on the tableBreast asymmetry includes differences in breast and nipple-areola shape, size, position, and/or projection as well as conditions that cause the underdevelopment or deformity of one or both breasts. Essentially, all women have some degree of breast asymmetry, but it is generally not substantial or significant to most of them. However, some women have breasts that greatly differ in shape or volume. Significant breast asymmetry can make it difficult to find bras, clothing, and swimsuits that fit well and look good. It also can be the primary cause of untoward issues that transcend just these physical concerns.

Not Just Cosmetic

A recent study published in the December 2014 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, reveals that “breast asymmetry is not just a cosmetic issue.” Breast asymmetry can cause negative psychological and emotional effects, including problems related to:

  • Self-esteem
  • Sociability
  • Stress levels
  • Anxiety
  • Overall mental and emotional health

The study compared three groups of physically healthy girls, all between the ages of 12 and 21 years old: girls with breast asymmetry of at least a cup size, girls with macromastia (excessive breast weight), and a control group without any breast disorders. Findings were adjusted to account for differences in body mass index and demographics. The group with breast asymmetry scored lower on a psychological health survey and self-esteem scale compared to the control group. Both the girls in the breast asymmetry and the macromastia groups scored similarly on the self-esteem portion, which was significantly lower than the control group.

This study suggests that the impact of adolescent breast asymmetry is more than just a physical issue and may cause psychological impairments that need to be addressed.

Correcting Breast Asymmetry

Dr. Turkeltaub offers a variety of procedures and techniques to help his patients’ achieve their desired results. These include breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, and even fat grafting in special situations. One or a combination of procedures can be performed to meet the unique needs of each patient.

For more information on how Dr. Turkeltaub can help his patients reduce asymmetries of their breasts, please read our previous blog on breast asymmetry.

If you are suffering from breast asymmetry or any other dissatisfaction with your breast shape, please call (480) 451-3000 today or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Turkeltaub understands the negative psychological impact that breast asymmetry can cause and is dedicated to helping improve his patients’ confidence and quality of life.