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Majority of breast reduction surgery 'is private'

Should I have a breast reduction operation?

The majority of breast reduction surgery is done privately, it has been suggested.

According to Dalia Nield, a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon based at the London Clinic, despite the increasing popularity of the procedure, most of the procedures are still done privately.

The cosmetic surgeon told the Daily Mirror that despite that fact that "having large breasts can cause severe backache and even cause sores in the folds of the skin", the NHS does not routinely offer the procedure.

Dr Nield explained the how the surgery takes place: "First we cut round the nipple - which is usually very low on large breasts – and move it up to 20-22 centimetres from the root of the neck, preserving its blood supply.

"Then we make an anchor-like incision from the nipple down and under the fold of the breast and remove tissue creating a new, smaller breast."

The doctor told the Mirror that the number of breast reduction surgeries increased by 17 per cent last year.

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Cosmetic surgery news : 7 June 2010