250 Girls below 16 Underwent Breast Surgery for ?5,000

November 22, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Writing & Speaking

Similar to arm lift, tummy tuck, and other cosmetic surgeries, the recipients of breast surgery procedures are also becoming younger and younger. Before, the idea of going for arm lift, tummy tuck or breast implants are only for aging women but at present this has changed.

Official figures showed that over 250 girls, 16 years of age and below have undergone breast enlargements, which have been paid by NHS in the last 5 years.

In all the age groups, over 3,000 women underwent breast augmentation surgery the previous year, an increase by nearly a third during the last 5 years.

Even girls as young as 10 years of age have undergone the surgery despite concerns of their young ages.

The Health Department stated that breast augmentation funded by NHS should only be permitted for acknowledged clinical reasons and not for cosmetic reasons.

However, plastic surgeon consultant Nigel Mercer stated that the procedure can be given the go-signal if the physician believes that the patient has been suffering from psychological dilemma due to her breast size.

The present statistics showed that over the last 5 years, four 13-year-old and two 11-year-old girls had breast surgery costing ?5,000 each procedure.

From 2010 to 2011, a girl aged 10 had undergone breast enlargement under Health Service. The reason behind the breast surgery remains unknown.

According to Mr. Mercer, also the British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons Former President, in most of the breast procedures cases, patients have breast asymmetry.

Performing the operation to a girl for cosmetic reason is however not expected.

An “expander” is used on young girls. Placing the expander would enable pumping of more fluid to accommodate the body’s physical changes. Adjusting to the increasing size of the breast is necessary.

Some risks that can occur after undergoing the procedure include long-term hardening, short-term bleeding, and removal of implants after.

In the year 2010-2011 about 3,180 women have undergone breast operation under Health Service, which was 31% higher compared to the 2,434 record last 2006-2007.

More than 5 years ago, 13,860 breast procedures have been done, averaging 8 procedures each day. The highest number of operations performed was 3,328 in 2009-2010. The oldest patients who have undergone the breast operation were two women aged 85.

For the operation, 19 is considered as the peak age. During the previous year, about 114 procedures were done on women under 19. Five years ago, 255 patients aged 16 and below have undergone the procedure.

According to Mr. Mercer, a breast surgery procedure done because of cosmetic purposes is prohibited under Health Service except if the patients can convince the General Practitioner that they are suffering from chronic psychological problems.

Most of the procedures are reconstructions on women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Department of Health spokesman stated that NHS only allows breast enlargement operation on patients with acknowledged clinical reasons.

Mike Moore is published on more than 300 websites. He writes health and wellness articles that cover topics from LA Plastic Surgeons, Plastic Surgery, Beverly Hills Lifestyle. He is published on various websites including http://www.saulmd.com

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