Aug. 31, 2012
-- Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammaplasty)
is the fourth most popular form of plastic surgery for UK women, behind breast augmentation, eyelid surgery and face/neck lifts. In 2011 alone, 4,501 breast reduction surgeries were performed. This was an increase of 6.7% on 2010, making it one of the fastest growing plastic surgery procedures.
The latest research, which was carried out by Dr Line Breiting of Herlev Hospital in Denmark, collected data from 125 women six months and then a year after they have undergone breast reduction surgery. At the six month mark, almost 90% of women rated their satisfaction as "good" of "very good"; while after a year that figure had dropped slightly to 80%.
According to Harley Street Plastic Surgery, the latest official figures for the UK and the latest research from Denmark are an indication of the growing trend for breast reduction surgery.
"Breast reduction can help women who are unsatisfied with the shape, weight or droop of their breasts," the surgical team's spokesperson said. "Having the procedure could give them more confidence, while alleviating problems associated with larger breasts such as back, neck and shoulder pain, poor posture and rashes under the breasts. They may also make it uncomfortable to sleep or lead to bra straps digging into the shoulders.
"Many mothers also opt to have this type of surgery after the size and shape of their breasts changed during pregnancy. The hormonal changes that occur in the body during pregnancy can leave the breasts with a different appearance and so a number of women are now turning to breast reduction surgery to help them feel better about their bodies."
Breast reduction is also on the increase for men. In 2011, 790 men underwent this type of surgery; an increase of 7% on 2010.
For more information about breast reduction, visit http://www.harleystreetsurgery.com/breast-reduction.php
or call 0800 6899 789.