Why do women have one breast bigger than the other?

Why do women have one breast bigger than the other

Some women are self-conscious, but most often, the asymmetry is almost imperceptible to the naked eye.

It is not uncommon to have a larger breast or higher that the other. And this is far from abnormal! In reality, thewhole body is asymmetrical. For example, it is common to have one testicle larger than the other, one leg shorter than the other, one eye lower than the other… But fortunately, this difference in shape and size is so tiny that ‘She don’t even notice.

A physiological characteristic

“Constitutionally, from birth, the shape of the breast is programmed and at the time of puberty, the development of the breast bud does not necessarily occur in the same way on one side and the other. explains Dr Odile Bagot, gynecologist. This is nothing to worry about! The breast is made up of two tissues: the mammary glandwhich can be felt and which is a little hard, and the fat which envelops it. “A priori, the proportion of mammary gland and fat is the same on both sides but the mammary gland may have a small difference in size which is natural or physiological” she continues.

Breastfeeding in question

“When breastfeeding, there is often a breast that produces more milk than the other, in which case it may develop more and be larger when breastfeeding. This same breast can also devolve more after breastfeeding, because as it has been emptied a lot, it can really regress and become smaller than the other., develops the gynecologist. But don’t panic, this characteristic is generally not noticeable to others.

What to do in case of significant breast asymmetry?

Exceptionally, some women have significant breast asymmetry. It’s about a congenital anomaly which requires surgical treatment. In the event of breast asymmetry which is within normal limits but which complicates the woman, a breast lipofilling can be proposed. “This intervention consists of take fat from the stomach or buttocksto centrifuge it and reinject it into one of the breasts in order to symmetrize them., indicates Dr Odile Bagot. This technique is interesting for small asymmetries. In the event of a major abnormality, the installation of a prosthesis may be proposed.

Thanks to Dr Odile Bagot, gynecologist and author of My Gyneco Survival Guide (Ed. Marabout)