I want breast reduction surgery but don't know where to start!

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The size of my breasts are really getting me down and I feel that it's time to have a breast reduction. I'm 31 years old and have had large breasts since I was 14.  I've seen my doctor who has advised me to go private as the current state of the NHS will not allow me to have the procedure done for free. Im really struggling to decide who to go with? I have read terrible reviews from the Harley Medical group but some good ones from Mybreast. Does anyone have any experience with either of these companies or any recommendations for a surgeon or clinic? I'd be really grateful of any advice. 

Melanie.

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    Hi Melanie,

    Although the NHS is restricting breast reductions, there are some patients that might qualify and your GP should be able to give you the criteria for the area you are living in (E.g. back or shoulder pain, soreness under breasts etc.)

    If you decide to go private, it would be good to see a properly qualified surgeon. Being a plastic surgeon myself, I would say, that plastic surgeons are the best doctors to do this operation. A plastic surgeon who has been properly trained should be on the GMC specialist register and you can check this online on the GMC website. Also most plastic surgeons should be registered with either BAPRAS or BAAPS and that means they are meeting certain criteria.

    I would be very careful with cheap companies in the UK or abroad, since many of their surgeons are not suitably qualified and the aftercare is often poor in case something goes wrong.

    As a note: the name "cosmetic surgeon" or "aesthetic surgeon" doesn't really mean anything since this title is not protected and every surgeon could call themselves exactly that. The title "plastic surgeon" indicates however that the surgeon has to meet certain criteria.

    Get back if you need further info.

    Good luck!

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      Thank you so much for replying and for your advice. The criteria given to me from my GP required me to go through a psychiatric assessment and counselling in order for them to determine whether or not I was suitable; even then it wouldn't be guaranteed and I really don't want to be waiting too long.

      With regards to plastic surgeons, how do I go about choosing one? I have tried to research but there are so many! And to be honest they all seem to have pretty much the same qualifications and experience. Is there anyone you could recommend? The websites I have been looking at describe them as 'breast surgeons' or 'transform/Harley medical surgeons', do these titles indicate that they are not 'plastic surgeons'?

      Look forward to your reply

      Melanie

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      Hello again.

      Plastic surgeons are usually on the GMC specialist register: www.gmc-uk.org where you can check a doctor's registration status. Plastic surgeons would usually call themselves plastic surgeon and not use any other titles. UK trained plastic surgeons usually have the title FRCS (Plast) in their title which means they have passed the national exams and are a fellow of one of the 4 royal colleges in the UK. Most would also be a member of BAPRAS which is the national association of plastic surgeons.

      So in short: look for GMC specialist registration, "FRCS Plast" and "BAPRAS".

      If you want to find a plastic surgeon, you could start to look locally using Google. I am working near Cambridge and have rights in Harley street, but you might find somebody nearby to where you live. Once you have identified a potential surgeon, I would google patient forums and sometimes you can find some information there about patient's experience.

      Hope that helps. Happy to answer any further questions.

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    Sounds like you have some good advice from Mr Schumacher! I would also add that if you can get some patient 'reviews' you will also get a better picture of the results you will get. Let us know how you get on! :-)
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    I agree with VauxhallGirl's comment. You will always find some very good or some very bad ratings, but my advice would be at the overall picture and see what the consensus amongst a group of raters is. Personally I try and get 3 opinions at least if I want to research anything on the internet.
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    Hi Melrose, if you are willing to travel for a good surgeon, try the Philippines or Thailand. Both have good surgeons that specialize on BA and breast reduction procedures. I had mine in Manila, Philippines. The result is good and the price, reasonable. I love the result and now the size of my breast is proportional to my body frame. I'm also not feeling any discomfort relating to overly large breast like I used to before. I wish you good luck!
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    I would actually recommend doctors in CA, they have the latest and best surgery today
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      I have done a lot of research for doctors in America but prices are really high. I agreed to do it overseas, asked my friends to refer me to a certified surgeon in Asia and found much more better results and better pricing. There i was referred to Dr Rino Lorenzo. One thing i've noticed, its the quiet, publicity-shy plastic surgeons who do the best work.I really love the result!

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