Breast Reduction at LBPS
A recent study published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that a woman who has very large breasts can lose five years off her expected lifespan if she doesn’t have a reduction. Very large chests can have devastating effects, ranging from crippling back, neck and arm pain, to headaches, friction rash and even curvature of the spine. In addition, these women are often too embarrassed to exercise, meaning that they suffer from health problems such as obesity and diabetes. Some women have quite modest sized breasts but they are very dense and therefore heavy, causing more physical discomfort.
When I worked in the NHS, I lobbied tirelessly for women to be offered breast reduction because of the physical symptoms. This is nothing to do with vanity and everything to do with health. There are also severe psychological impacts – a range of studies show that up to a third of women seeking breast reduction surgery suffer high degrees of anxiety and depression. They have a higher likelihood of having body dysmorphic disorder — a psychological condition in which sufferers form an unrealistically negative view of their appearance.
So why are British womens’ breasts getting so much bigger? It starts young, with higher calorie intake and soaring rates of obesity causing young women to develop larger busts at puberty. Also as women progress through their lives, their cup size continues to rise, due to a range of factors that include oestrogen in the contraceptive Pill and hormone replacement therapy.
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