Post # 1
So…I used to really love my boobs. They weren’t too big or too small for me, just right. Last Christmas I was laying in bed reading a book and had an itch, I scratched it and found a huge lump. I’m kind of a hypochondriac sometimes so I made FI feel it too and he said it was really large. I FREAKED. Called my sister and mom the next day asking what to do. I got into a doctor and my sister pulled some strings at the hospital and I was getting a mammogram right after Christmas. I had the biopsy and the results were inconclusive so I scheduled surgery to remove it. I had it removed, they sent it out for testing and THANK GOD it came back as a benign tumor.
But it was really large. I didn’t think that it would be a problem until my bandages came off and I healed and now I’m left with a good boob and a bad boob. My scar is really small but the tumor was so big it took a large chunk of my boob away. I kept hoping it would get back to normal but a year later it’s not. I’m fine with that but I’m not fine with the way my bras are fitting me now (read: they aren’t). Is there a bra out there to accomodate 2 different size boobs? I know I’m extremely lucky and extremely thankful it wasn’t cancer (runs in my family) but this is just odd to me and looks/fits horrible, makes me uncomfortable.
Anyone else have 2 different size boobs? What do you do for bras? I only wear underwire bras also.
Post # 3
That’s wonderful that it was benign! Dodged a bullet! 🙂 Buuut, I’m sorry that it left you feeling uncomfortable with your chest – never fun.
I’m not sure if this would work, but my first thought was a padded bra? I know some bras have those removable pads, and I was thinking that you could try to find one that fit one boob with a pad and one without?
Post # 4
It is possible to get padding (like the kind the bridal salons use) and sew it into the one cup of a regular bra?
I am also unhappy with my [lack of] boobs, so I empathize on that, but I can’t even imagine how scary it must have been when you found the lump! Glad to hear that it ended up being alright in the end. I hope you come up with a solution for your bras!
Post # 5
That is such a good idea, but I’ve never heard of one. It’s pretty common to have different sizes even without lumpectomy! With all of the women who do have to deal with this problem, cancer survivors, patients still in treatment and those of us born this way (i’m about a half cup different)…I think there is a business to be started.
Post # 6
I’ve never tried the padded bra and taking the padding out on one side. I’m going makeup shopping on Saturday so maybe I’ll try on a few and see if that works.
It was extremely terrifing to find the lump. I usually do self breast exams but for some reason didn’t in the last 6 months and when I itched it, I freaked out as many others would.
Post # 7
You would think someone would have invented one by now but sadly no. Maybe I’ll start a business and be the lopsided bra maker.
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2010 - Signature Events
I’m sorry you had to go through this scare—but I’m glad you’re okay!
I saw these in Aerie a while back and thought of them when I saw your post: http://www.ae.com/aerie/browse/product.jsp?catId=cat520023&productId=0735_0695′ defer=’defer
It’s a little silicone thing you slip into your bra–normally to add more va-voom. Maybe you could put one in the cup that doesn’t fit, and leave it out on the other side? It could help balance things out. Hope you get some more tips here and find something that works for you!
Post # 9
I am not exactly sure what you are looking for, but this link might help you get started.
Congratulations on it coming back benign!!!
Post # 10
SO happy to hear it wasn’t cancer! Thank God, right!?
I actually read a magazine article recently that a lot of women have two different size boobs. The article talked about what to do for bra fit (and for the life of me, I cannot remember where I read this). But yeah, as some have already suggested, buy cutlets or pads to stick in the cups of the smaller boob. That should do the trick!
Post # 11
I have 2 different sizes too! And I buy a cheap target bra that works great! Also, you could try getting a bra that has the padding you can take out, and just wear it in the one side thats smaller.
Post # 12
I’m so happy to hear that it was benign and that you’re okay – it’s the MOST important thing!
Here’s a link to the Manhattan wardrobe supply store – I used to work in theatre and we always had to pad the dancers’ bras and costumes – and MWS has a really nice variety of pads, this might be a good option to check out.
Post # 13
I have had surgery 3 times to remove tumors from both sides… every time they’ve been benign… thank goodness. I call the girls the Franken-boobs since they have so many scars. LOL.
I would suggest getting a bra to fit your bigger boob and then buy some chicken cutlets or other padding to accomodate for the not-so-big boob. They make some amazing stuff for cancer survivors… google masectomy bra or something like that.
On a hopeful note, any weird empty spaces left by my surgeries generally fill in with in a year or so. My last surgery was in Feb 2009 and they’re already back to their usual shape. If you really really hate it and it doesn’t resolve itself naturally, you could talk to a plastic surgeon to see if there is something they could do about it. My aunt is a breast cancer survivor and they did some amazing stuff to rebuild her breast after her treament was done.
Post # 14
I have a family member developed “lopsided” as she calls it. Since she was more than a cup size different, insurance paid for her to have them augmented. So she has the fake boobies and couldn’t be happier about it. Maybe your insurance would pay for you to have the one augmented?
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
Working at VS for a few years I met a lot of women with similar issues…things that were useful were the bras that had removable padding so that you could take away from one side and double up the other..I am not sure what they have available now as I am not in there that often. They also have the bra inserts that look like chicken cutlets and adding them to one cup was helpful to a lot of women….I know you are in Ithaca so if you wanted some help you can always PM and I’d be glad to help. (not trying to be weird it’s just that I worked there so long and I have an idea of what would/wouldn’t work)
Post # 16
Victoria’s Secret makes a nice silicone insert. I used them for evening dresses, as I didn’t fill out until my early twenties. They feel rather realistic and warm up really nicely against the skin. I would go buy the pair they have there and try them out. That will also be less expensive than replacing all of your bras.