Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Traditional breast reduction surgery involves numerous incisions which allow the surgeon to excise the skin and remove excess breast tissue and fat. However, many women do not wish to undergo such an invasive procedure, particularly one that will leave prominent, visible scars on the breast.
Fortunately, breast reduction with liposuction is a suitable alternative. This option involves smaller incisions and a quicker recovery time.
Breast reduction with liposuction may sound appealing, but it may not be a suitable procedure for all women.
This procedure will be suitable for those who:
Those who are in their 20s or 30s may not be suitable candidates. Breast reduction by liposuction removes fat from the breasts, which is more apparent in women who are older. This is because breast tissue becomes replaced with fat as we naturally age. Therefore women in their 20s and 30s will not have much fat to remove but will have more breast tissue. Women in this age group who would like a breast reduction may wish to choose the surgical options.
Before having a breast reduction with liposuction, you will be required to attend a consultation with the surgeon. They will be able to assess whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for this procedure, or whether you would benefit from surgical breast reduction.
Surgical breast reduction generally involves incisions around the areolas and down to the breast crease, which allows the excess skin and tissue to be excised.
However, breast reduction with liposuction involves far smaller incisions. The surgeon will make two small incisions at the crease of the breasts. These will only be about 1 millimetre long. This allows for a small cannula to be inserted, which sucks out the excess fatty tissue. The removal of the excess fat from the breasts allows the elastic skin and tissue to retract, creating a natural breast lift.
Nerves and blood vessels will be maintained during the procedure. Breast reduction with liposuction will also be able to fix any asymmetry problems experienced prior to surgery.
As opposed to a surgical breast reduction, you will have a quicker recovery time with breast reduction with liposuction.
You may still experience some swelling and bruising where the incisions have been made. You may wish to take pain medication or apply ice packs to the area to help reduce swelling.
You will be given a compression garment which you will need to wear during the recovery period. This will help to reduce swelling and keep your breasts in the best possible shape.
The scars where the incisions were made may be more visible straight after surgery, however, with time they will fade and will no longer be noticeable.
Surgical breast reduction involves more incisions, which will be made around the areola and down to the breast crease. Breast reduction with liposuction involves two incisions beneath the breast crease, meaning scarring will be less noticeable and recovery time will be quicker.
Breast reduction with liposuction is a suitable procedure for those who have large breasts and would like to reduce the volume.
It is suitable for those who do not also require a breast lift, do not have an excessive amount of fat and tissue to be reduced, and those who would like less visible scarring.
Breast reduction with liposuction is generally suitable for those who have already reached menopause. By this stage, much of the glandular tissue in the breasts is replaced with fat, which can be removed through liposuction.
Liposuction can reduce the size of the breasts by around 55 percent. If you need a larger reduction, you may wish to opt for surgical breast reduction.
You will have very small scars beneath the crease of the breast. These will fade with time and be barely visible. This is often the appeal of this procedure, as surgical breast reduction results in far more visible scars.