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Breasts are getting bigger

It’s official, breasts are getting bigger, and for women in countries like the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Australia the effects are obvious. From the difficulty finding a bra, to back problems, to difficulty finding flattering clothing. But with the average breast size increasing a whole cup size since the mid fifties, women at the larger end of the spectrum are left with very difficult choices as to what to do with unwanted and unnecessary breast volume.

Breast reduction options

So just what are the options for women with bigger breasts? Well to know your options, it is important to first understand the cause of your extra large breasts. This usually falls into two categories:

  • An excess of fatty tissue
  • An excess of glandular tissue

Fatty Tissue

For many women, storing the fat around the breasts is as common as storing fat around the thighs, stomach or buttocks. In fact, for many women, their bodies have a propensity to store fatty tissue around the breasts first, or, in some cases, only around the breasts. In line with the obesity epidemic that receives far more media coverage, the increase in the average size of breasts was inevitable. Luckily, however, there is a very simple breast reduction technique that can tackle this build of fatty tissue, without complex surgeries.

Liquid Liposuction

Different from traditional liposuction, Liquid Liposuction uses a highly pressures water stream and a couple of discreet injections to literally dissolve excess fatty tissue in and around the breast, without disrupting, inflaming, or damaging the surrounding tissue. Because the water stream protects the surrounding tissue, Liquid Liposuction requires far less down time (from 1 to 3 days), after which a patient is able to return to work and their regular lives.

The other advantage of Liquid Lipo is that because of the natural contours created by the water stream, and the lack of actual incisions, it is possible to achieve incredibly natural and beautiful results.

Glandular Tissue

For those women who suffer from an excessive glandular tissue around their breasts, breast reduction surgery, otherwise known as a mammaplasty, is often required.

Carried out under a general anaesthetic, a qualified surgeon will make an incision under each breast. Depending on the size of breasts, and how much of a reduction the surgeon has undertaken, this incision can be simply be a cut at the end of the dark skin around the nipple, or it can extend down to the base of the breast. In larger breasts, a horizontal incision at the base of the breasts may also be required.

Once these incisions have been made, the surgeon then goes about systematically removing glandular tissue, and, depending on the new shape, may reposition the nipples for best results.

Once the reduction has been completed, the surgeon will then stitch up the incisions (often with dissolvable stitches) and dress them.

In Summary

Whichever category you might fall into, it’s important to do your homework before enlisting a surgeon or cosmetic physician to perform your breast reduction. A little bit a research could save you a lot of grief down the track.

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