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The Big Boob!

Aug 14, 2014

Research suggests that breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for women. Despite a decrease of 1.6% in 2011/2012 (post PIP implant scandal), in the last decade breast augmentation has more than doubled from 4,209 to 10,504 procedures.


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In contrast, there has been a 22% drop in breast reduction or mammoplasty surgery. In a recent report published by the Daily Mail on average, the NHS carries out 273 breast surgeries every week, many of which relate to cancer treatment including mastectomies and post cancer reconstructive surgery.


However, due to the continual moving of NHS operational guidelines, women who have overly large breasts are finding it increasingly more difficult to secure NHS funded breast reductions, despite figures that suggest 98% of breast augmentation and mammoplasty patients are highly satisfied with their post-surgery breasts.


There are conflicts of opinion regarding breast augmentation and mammoplasty but one of the most common reasons given by patients is based on psychological reasons. But, women with larger breasts appear to suffer considerably more from the physical effects, including constant back and neck pain, poor posture and grooves or indentations from bra straps. In addition, large breasts can also cause skin irritation, excessive sweating, rashes and skin irritations under the breasts.


At a time when obesity among UK adults has risen significantly and weight gain is said to have an impact on the size and growth of breasts in both men and women. Having overly large breasts can also limit the

amount and type of physical activity large breasted women can undertake, further reducing their opportunity to exercise and lose weight.


It seems unjust that larger breasted women should, in many cases, be forced to undergo psycho

logical assessment or have been treated for depression or mental health issues in order to secure NHS funded reductions. Most would not dispute that they receive unwanted attention or harassment. Most would not dispute that finding ‘fashionable’ clothes to fit can lead to emotional distress and upset, and many more are conscious of their increasing weight due to lack of or inability to exercise, which in turn can increase the size of their breasts further. But, it seems apparent that a combination of social, psychological and physical conditions may be key to accessing the required GP referrals for an NHS funded procedure.


The Austingraces team are happy to accept GP referrals or private patients seeking breast augmentation or mammoplasties in addition to those who require post-operative reconstructive surgery.

For more information contact or call 08456 020621 for an appointment.

Category: Cosmetic Surgery