IamA 20 year old female with Poland syndrome (born with one breast) AMA!
Bio: All of my life after puberty I knew I was different. My breasts were abnormally asymmetrical. In high school I was flat chested on my left side and a large B cup on the right side. My family and friends knew that I had this abnormality but many people didn’t know because of my ability to disguise it. I made a few rules for myself to follow like having to wear heavily padded bras, no stripes, no low cut shirts, and the worst part was swim suits. A few people would recognize it and actually ask me if my boobs were uneven and I would simply reply yes. I wasn’t necessarily embarrassed by it but I definitely wasn’t going around telling people. After I graduated I wanted to undergo surgery to correct this deformity before I went off to college. My mother took me to a plastic surgeon who was very willing to do the surgery but my mother wasn’t ready to have me such a “big surgery” at such a young age. For 2 more years I constantly asked her to let me have the surgery and she finally agreed to have another consultation this summer. I went to a surgeon that she had heard highly of and he informed me that I had a rare disorder called Poland syndrome. Having heard the news I wasn’t sure what it was or what it actually entailed. He informed me that Poland syndrome is basically a disorder that can affect the pectoral muscle development and often leads to breasts being underdeveloped. It can also lead to webbed fingers but I’m all good in that department. This occurs because while in the womb there is a circulation problem with blood flow from the chest to the hands and that generally leads to underdeveloped muscles or hand abnormalities. It has also been proven that this happens more often in males than females and also is more common on the right side of the body than the left. I however am a female that was affected on the left side. Hearing this news he informed me that there was a great chance my insurance would cover my surgery and that he could write a letter of recommendation saying that he believes it’s Poland syndrome. A month later I was lucky enough to have my insurance cover my surgery and I got a breast augmentation on my underdeveloped (left) breast. My surgeon also lifted my right breast slightly and changed the size of my areola to best match my new breast implant. He told me after the surgery that my pectoral muscle was definitely underdeveloped and that he was 100% certain it was Poland syndrome. It has been about 2 months after my breast augmentation and my new chest is healing and looking better than I could have ever imagined. I decided to do this AmA because I would have really liked knowing that I wasn’t alone in this condition when I was younger. I’d like to inform people who maybe aren’t aware of this syndrome and also let people know who have it that they aren’t alone :)
My Proof http://imgur.com/a/OKOgr
EDIT: Thanks so much for all the positive feedback! Feel free to continue asking questions, making comments, or sharing your own personal story! I will try to continue acknowledging as many people as I can! You've all been very very kind to me and my situation!