Women who have larger breasts may sometime dislike their appearance, or in some cases, experience physical pain, such as backaches. In these instances, a breast reduction can be a suitable solution.
There are two ways a breast reduction can be performed – surgically, or by using liposuction. So what is a liposuction breast reduction, how is it performed and is it any better than the surgical alternative?
What does liposuction breast reduction involve?
Centre for Surgery uses the PAL lipo method. Unlike traditional forms of liposuction, PAL lipo does not use any heat to remove the fat. Instead, the fat cells are separated and softened, liposuction is then used to remove the fat cells, and finally, the area of the body is sculpted for optimal aesthetic results. This means there is less risk of damage to the body, as there is no use of heat, and there are less severe side effects afterwards, such as swelling, bruising and bleeding.
You will have small scars from where the surgeon made incisions to insert the cannulas.
Liposuction breast reduction is performed under a general anaesthetic. Centre for Surgery uses TIVA, a more advanced form of anaesthetic. Unlike general anaesthetic, TIVA involves no volatile gases. You will also have a speedier recovery time.
How is a traditional breast reduction performed?
So how exactly does a liposuction breast reduction vary from a traditional breast reduction procedure? The breast reduction is also performed using TIVA anaesthesia.
Instead of using liposuction, the surgeon will make an incision and remove the glandular tissue, skin and fat from the breasts. This reduces both the size and volume of the breasts. This procedure will also involve the repositioning of the nipples, which will stay connected to blood vessels and nerves.
What is the recovery time like?
Following a liposuction breast reduction, it is common to notice bruising and swelling, particularly around the incision sites. However, thanks to the use of PAL lipo, these symptoms will be minimised. If you do experience any pain or discomfort, you will be able to take painkillers or apply cold packs to the area.
You will generally have to take one week off work to recover. You will need to avoid any strenuous physical activity for around four weeks.
Can I combine a breast reduction with other surgeries?
People often decide to combine a breast reduction with a breast uplift. This will eliminate any sagging of the breasts. Often women who choose to have a traditional breast reduction will opt to have liposuction as well, as this will remove any excess fat surrounding the breasts.
So why should I have liposuction breast reduction?
Which breast reduction procedure is right for me – liposuction or surgical?
There are many pros to having liposuction over surgical, including:
- Lower risk of complications: as there is less surgery involved, there is less risk of complications and side effects afterwards, such as infection or bleeding
- Less scarring: liposuction only involves small incisions so there is less visible scarring
- Better recovery: the procedure involves fewer incisions, so you will experience less discomfort and a faster recovery time
- Better nipple sensation: unlike the surgical breast reduction, your nipples will not be moved with liposuction.
In the end, if you are still unsure about which type of breast reduction you should undertake, the best choice is to discuss all options with your surgeon during a consultation. The surgeon would have performed both types of breast reductions and will be able to give you an informed opinion about which one is more suitable for you.
Interested in liposuction breast reduction? This is a procedure Centre for Surgery currently offers. Contact us now to find out more information or to book a consultation with our surgeons.