03 October 2011Increased awareness about the cosmetic surgery options open to women with large breasts are partly responsible for a rise in the number of operations being performed. According to a report by the Hindustan Times, other factors include the fact that more women are now financially independent and that they have a greater understanding of their bodies than before.Dr Mohan Thomas, a senior cosmetic surgeon at Breach Candy Hospital in south Mumbai, said some female patients opt for breast reduction surgery after giving birth, as pregnancy can result in enlargement of the breasts. He said new surgery techniques which allow surgeons to minimise the amount of scarring left after an operation has increased the popularity of the procedure among young women. Dr Milind Wagh, a plastic and cosmetic surgeon at Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital, also in Mumbai, agreed that the procedure is becoming more popular. A lot of women with large breasts are deciding to have it done to help prevent medical problems later in life such as shoulder and back pain. Dr Wagh said: "Breast reduction is sometimes a procedure to reduce physical discomfort and social awkwardness associated with abnormally large breasts, more than cosmetic concerns alone. "Till two years ago I used to perform two to three such surgeries a month. Now I perform one every week."