If the state doesn't offer such services, residents might opt for more "dangerous methods".. Tamil Nadu's health ministry will be taking care of the payment for the surgeries at the moment, but officials hope that the state's health care provider, United India, will cover the procedures.
The government-run Stanley Medical College in Chennai will handle all of the taxpayer-funded cosmetic operations.
On Wednesday, the Tamil Nadu health department launched its latest initiative offering the free service at a clinic in the capital Chennai. "Nearly 80 per cent of breast cancer patients in the country undergo mastectomy while the remaining undergo breast conservation surgeries with poor cosmetic results", Dr C B Koppiker told The Indian Express previous year.
The head of plastic surgery at the clinic, Dr V Ramadevi, said some of her patients sought breast reduction to alleviate shoulder and back pain, while others sought to augment or shrink their breasts for a boost in confidence.
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"As a plastic surgeon I don't judge women when they seek surgery". Many girls who have larger breasts don't like to go out. "If they are fit I recommend", Ramavedi said.
The impoverished southern Indian state will now offer cosmetic breast surgery free of cost to all women with priority given to the poorest.
Cosmetic surgery has slowly grown popular among Indians as their income level grew, with about 420,000 procedures performed in 2016, compared to about 390,000 six years earlier. The plastic surgery department will register patients for these surgeries on Mondays.
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"Why should beauty treatment not be available to the poor?".
According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery the future among men had particularly peaked with 25,640 seeking breast reduction in 2016, an 11,000 increase on 2010 figures.
However, the new scheme has been criticized for not being an ideal public health program. Cleft lip surgeries for children will be taken care of on Tuesdays followed by advanced wound care, hand transplant and injury management. He wonders if the funds aren't being misallocated when they could be used to help residents with serious diseases. "It's sad that we are now focusing on beauty instead of life-saving surgeries".
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