If you've been blessed with too much breast tissue, you may experience pain in your neck, back, chest or shoulders. You may have difficulty finding clothes that fit properly and flatter your figure. Sports or physical activities might be painful or embarrassing. And disproportionately large breasts can make you appear overweight, even if your weight is within a normal range.
To address some of these issues, many women turn to breast reduction surgery. There are two approaches to breast reduction surgery. In the traditional approach, your cosmetic surgeon will excise skin, breast tissue and fat from your breasts. There are visible scars with this approach, but they usually fade quickly.
The second type of breast reduction surgery is done using liposuction. This is a great option since it doesn't result in scarring and the healing time is quicker, but it's not right for everyone. Read on to learn if you're a candidate for breast reduction with liposuction.
How is the Procedure Performed?
Unlike traditional breast reduction surgery where incisions are made around the areolas and down to the creases, two very small incisions are made in the crease of each breast. Liposuction is then performed to remove the desired amount of fatty tissue, and the tiny incisions are allowed to close naturally. The entire procedure takes about an hour and patients recover within a few days.
Advantages of Breast Reduction Using Liposuction
The biggest advantage of this surgical approach is the lack of scarring on your breasts. Other positives include a quicker recovery time and less post-surgical discomfort. Nerves and blood vessels are well maintained during this surgery, and the symmetry between breasts is maintained since the same amount of fat can be removed from each side during the procedure.
Disadvantages of Breast Reduction Using Liposuction
While breast reduction with liposuction can remove tissue, it can't achieve the same amount of lift that comes with the traditional surgical approach. Since excess skin isn't removed, the breasts may appear to sag somewhat after the volume is removed. However, the nipple may rise a little with breast reduction using liposuction.
Additionally, younger woman may not be good candidates for breast reduction using liposuction since they don't have as much fat in their breasts. As women age, breast tissue is replaced with fat, which can be removed using liposuction. Breast tissue cannot be removed in this manner. Therefore, a woman in her 20s or early 30s who wants a significant reduction in size may not be able to achieve it using liposuction alone.
To learn which type of breast reduction surgery is right for you, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Call us at 652-562-6762 or request an appointment using our online form.