Breast size can be the result of a variety of different factors; from hormones and weight to their genetic make-up. Although a lot of women aspire to have bigger breasts, there are also a lot of them who would like theirs to be reduced for one reason or another.
According to the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), breast reduction increased in popularity from 2014 to 2015 by 13%. Whether it is for a medical reason, or simply a cosmetic choice, breast reduction (or mammaplasty to give it the technical term) is a choice that more and more women are making with regards to their bodies.
Who Chooses Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction isn’t purely cosmetic; for many women, it may be the chance for them to live a normal life again. Individuals who have large breasts may suffer from the following conditions due to the weight and size of their breasts:
• Severe backache
• Shoulder and/or neck pain
• Depression and/or low self esteem
• Rashes and frequent infections under the breasts
• Irritation of the skin of the breast and surrounding tissue.
For many women who consider breast reduction, how they look and feel within themselves is one of the main reasons that they want to undergo this procedure; feeling comfortable in your own body is something that everyone is entitled to. This is why private practices don’t necessarily limit breast reduction surgery to those who are currently suffering; offering a more preventative surgery option.
What Does the Breast Reduction Procedure Entail?
Understanding the procedure that you are about to undergo is essential before booking yourself in for any surgery. Breast reduction may not be the best solution for you, so it is important to talk through why you are considering the procedure with a qualified cosmetic surgeon or consultant directly.
Breast Reduction is used in cases where there is a need for the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue from the breasts to alleviate symptoms and reshape the breast to create a smaller breast size. Although there are a variety of different surgical techniques for this procedure, your consultant and surgeon will talk you through the best option for your breasts.
However, all surgeries will result in the areola being removed and repositioned on the breast, regardless of the incision that is used on your breast.
Does Breast Reduction Surgery Leave a Scar?
Due to the reconstructive nature of the surgery, is should be expected that there will be some visible scarring of the breast once the incision sites have healed.
However, surgeons tend to use the best technique for your breast to minimise the visibility of these scars when under an item such as a bra or a bikini. While the site of the incision will initially be red and potentially raised a little from the surrounding skin, this will gradually fade and flatten as the healing process progresses; you will still be able to notice the scars yourself while you aren’t wearing any clothing.
While no scarring is the ideal outcome, the benefits of the procedure far outweigh the visibility of a scar, which is usually as small and thin as the surgeon can make it.
How Much Does Breast Reduction Cost?
Due to the incredibly personal nature of the breast reduction procedure, it is quite hard to put a price on how much the procedure will cost.
Breast Reduction is available on the NHS, but due to the stringent rules and criteria set out by local Clinical Commissioning Groups who decide who can undergo NHS funded cosmetic procedures, the option for free treatment is not always available and many individuals choose private practices.
By going straight to a specialised consultant, you get a straight answer as to whether breast reduction is the right treatment for you, rather than having to meet certain strict conditions to even be considered. It is a more personal consultation, taking into consideration the real reasons that you want to undergo this procedure.
Breast reduction is more accessible than ever, so make sure that you are contacting a reputable clinic to proceed with your journey to smaller, more manageable breasts and a comfier life.