Asymmetrical breasts can lead to lower self-esteem in girls

When it comes to the mental and emotional well-being of teenage girls, the answer might lie in the size of their breasts. This doesn't mean that girls with bigger boobs are happier but, rather, girls that have breasts that are the same size are more likely to be well-adjusted. According to a new study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), girls and women having breasts that are equal in size is more than just a cosmetic issue, but rather an emotional one.

ASPS wrote a report that was published in the December issue of the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The study was lead by ASPS member Dr. Brian I. Labow, a medical professional at Boston Children's Hospital. What Dr. Labow discovered was that breast asymmetry in young girls can have a negative mental impact. For the study, 59 adolescents ranging in age from 12 to 21 with breast asymmetry were examined. All of the subjects had a difference in breast size of at least one cup.

The mean age of the girls in the research was 17, and 40 percent of them had tuberous breast deformity, a congenital condition where the breasts do not develop normally. What the researchers found was that the girls with different sized breasts received significantly lower scores when it came to self-esteem and emotional well-being than girls of a similar age with breasts that developed as they should.

"These findings suggest that patients suffering from breast asymmetry have poorer emotional well-being and lower self-esteem than their female peers," Dr. Labow and coauthors write in the report. They went on to say that girls who have finished growing would likely benefit emotionally by having a surgical correction.

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