Is It Normal to Have Different Breasts? By Joseph M. Brown, MD, FACS on June 22, 2021

Asymmetry is a perfectly normal part of human biology. It is quite common for one foot or hand to be slightly larger than the other. The same can easily occur with a woman’s breasts or nipples. In many cases the difference is negligible. You may not even notice that one breast is a bit different.

Is It Normal to Have Different Breasts?

However, it is also perfectly normal for one breast to be noticeably different. In these situations, you may want to have your breasts examined just to be safe. In all likelihood that is just the way your body developed from puberty and into adulthood.

The Path of Puberty

It’s actually extremely common for young girls to develop unevenly. When a female child first experiences an increase in breast tissue, it usually begins just under the areola. Eventually, that tissue will become the bottom of the breast. Of course, that development isn’t always perfectly matched. Many young girls begin to develop at different rates on either side, which may confuse them. At this stage in their lives, it is important that they understand this is perfectly normal. In many cases their breasts will even out as they age. Most women’s breasts achieve relative symmetry by the age of 20.

Dealing with Asymmetrical Breasts

If your child or teen is struggling with asymmetrical breasts, then you may want to offer tools to give them a more symmetrical look. Pads made from foam or silicone can be sewn into your child’s bras as needed to help prevent uncomfortable questions and bullying. In all cases, your child’s own confidence and happiness should be put at the forefront. You should only bring it up if your child expresses concern to avoid undermining their confidence.


As they age, your child will likely not need extra padding in one cup. However, this may not be the case for everyone. The good news is that you’ve already given them the tools and the confidence to present themselves as they will. As an adult, they can make the choice to address their asymmetry in more permanent ways if that is their choice.

Permanently Addressing Asymmetrical Breasts

Luckily, treating breast asymmetry in Tampa is pretty straightforward as long as you work with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Depending on the current size of your breasts and your desired results, your plastic surgeon will suggest on of two procedures. A breast reduction or a breast augmentation can be used to create improved symmetry.


When you meet with your doctor for plastic surgery in Tampa you can discuss the ins and outs of both procedures in order to make a fully educated choice. To be frank, it is easier to envision the results of a breast augmentation. Your plastic surgeon will be able to outfit you with a specialized bra that mimics the appearance and weight of the implant. On the other hand, a breast reduction doesn’t necessitate the use of an implant, which does slightly reduce the chance of complications. You will want to carefully consider the pros and cons of each before making a final decision.

Making the Right Choice

Ultimately, your choice will come down to three factors.

  • Aesthetic Choice
  • Potential Risks
  • Extent of Recovery

The truth is that an augmentation and reduction are similar in many ways. However, it will make a huge difference in the shape and appearance of your body. The good news is that your board-certified plastic surgeon will know the ins and outs of these procedures. They may even help you by showing you example of previous patients with similar body types. Whichever way you’re leaning, don’t be afraid to take your time.


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