We’ve all heard of – and seen the results – of breast enhancements, but what do we really know about breast reduction? How common is it? Who undergoes this type of procedure?
In 2015, over 9,600 women underwent a breast enlargement operation, with just over 6,200 women opting for a breast reduction. Considering it feels like breast reductions are the lesser known cousin of breast enlargements, the statistics suggest that this is more common that we think.
Who is suitable for a breast reduction?
Breast reductions are typically chosen by women who are unhappy with the size, shape or elevation of their breasts. For women who have very large breasts, there can be some unpleasant side effects which may lead them to consider this type of operation. Shoulder, neck or back pain, irritation underneath the breasts, painful grooves in the shoulder where bra straps have dug in….these are all things that women with overly large breasts may be suffering with. Not only that, as with dissatisfaction with any body part, this can affect confidence and self esteem too.
Is this right for me?
If what you’ve read suggests that a breast reduction could be the solution you’ve been looking for then book a consultation to have a talk to a breast reduction specialist like Mr Alan Park. He will be able to talk to you, find out more about your circumstances and be able to suggest the most appropriate course of treatment.
It is a good idea to have a look at some ‘before and after’ images from women who have already undergone breast reductions, so that you can see what the final result may look like. As with any operation, there are definite benefits but it is not without its risks. Some women report a loss of sensation around the nipple area, and there will also be some degree of scarring at the incision site.
This is why it is important to talk openly with a surgeon at the consultation stage so that you, and they, are completely clear about what you are hoping to achieve from the operation and why this is important to you.
In good company
The important thing to remember is that you’re not alone and there are various options available for you. If you think that breast reduction is the right choice for you, you’ll be joining thousands of women in the UK who have also reached the same conclusion and have already begun their breast reduction journey.