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Breast liposuction

Dr. Abhishek Vijayakumar 91% (2286 ratings)
MCh Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore  •  4 years experience
Breast liposuction

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure which may be considered a medical need, as well as cosmetic desire. Although larger breasts are widely sought after in many societies as they are considered to be attractive and feminine, breasts which are too large and (as a result of excess weight) sagging may actually be an embarrassment to many women. Women with larger breasts turn to breast reduction surgery for relief the physical and psychological burden of oversized breasts. Since breast reduction surgery is more of a functional procedure than cosmetic, it is usually covered by health insurance when there is a medical necessary reason to move forth with the procedure.

Excessively Large Breasts Lead to Various Health Concerns such as:

  • Back and chest pains and injury due to the excess weight placing strain on the body.

  • The excessive size and volume of the breast may even inhibit a woman’s ability to perform day-to-day tasks and partake in certain sporting activities.

  • The increased weight on the chest may have a negative impact on her posture over time.

Liposuction has become a popular and effective mechanism is assisting with breast reduction surgeries. The other mechanism is surgical removal of glandular tissue using a scalpel. The type of surgery a patient will need will depend on the nature of the excess tissue within their breasts. If it is mainly fat/softer tissue, it may be removed with liposuction.

If the tissue consists mainly of glandular breast tissue which cannot really be removed through liposuction, a surgical removal of the tissue with a scalpel may be required. Traditional breast reduction methods leave large scars, whereas liposuction can minimize this greatly. To determine the nature of the breast tissue, the surgeon will perform a thorough examination of the breast. A mammogram scan may have to be used to properly determine this.

What to Expect from Breast Liposuction

  • Liposuction of the breast is not the same procedure as a breast lift, although it may yield similar results. Due to the excess weight being alleviated from the breast, the breast will appear elevated and due to the soft fat which surrounded the firmer glandular tissue being removed, the breast may even appear firmer.

  • With liposuction, breast size can be reduced by about 50%

  • Breast liposuction will not necessarily change the shape of the breast. Patients are told to expect just a smaller version of the same breast. Women who have a low degree of ptosis before surgery are better candidates for liposuction of the breasts

  • Breastfeeding: It is possible to still be able breastfeed after breast liposuction as the procedure does not usually impact the glandular (milk-producing) tissue of the breast.

  • Less scarring, discomfort and risk involved than with excision breast reduction method

  • Women who have a low degree of ptosis will respond better to just liposuction of the breast

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