Can asymmetrical breasts cause low self-esteem?

How Breast Size Affects Mental Health

As if women weren't already given enough unrealistic beauty standards to live up to, a 2014 study says that if their boobs aren't even enough, their mental health will suffer.

The study, published in the December 2014 issue of "Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery" finds that asymmetrical breasts can have a significant impact on teenage girls' self esteem.

Doctors at Boston Children's Hospital assessed 59 girls between the ages of 12 and 21 whose breasts differed by at least one cup size. When compared to a control group of girls without breast asymmetry, the patients were found to have lower self-esteem and worse emotional well-being than their even-breasted counterparts.

The researchers also paid attention to girls suffering from macromastia, a condition which causes women to have abnormally large breasts, and approximately 40 percent of the girls who participated also suffered from tuberous breast deformity, a condition in which the breasts don't develop normally, according to the Daily Mail.

The study also found that asymmetrical breasts were associated with social issues, but also showed issues with eating and attitude.

One of the study's authors, Dr. Brian Labow, says that early intervention, which includes consultation, support and surgery if necessary, can help reduce the mental health effects of these conditions.

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